September 18th, 2013

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball {gluten free}

Recently a good friend of ours adopted an adorable two-year from foster care. She is the love of their life and we couldn’t be happier for them.  To help them celebrate I co-hosted a “toddler” shower for them.  Since my friend is gluten-free only, we wanted to make sure everything we served was something she could eat.  {She has often told of going to parties and showers and not having one thing there that was okay for her 🙁 }

I found this amazing peanut butter cheese ball on line and knew that she would love it . . . and who wouldn’t?   A rich ball of cream cheese, peanut butter, and powdered sugar rolled in chocolate chips – nothing but good there.   To keep things gluten-free, we served it with apples.  The combination is totally yummy.  (If you have no gluten worries you can also serve it with graham crackers or cookies, but I liked the apples the best.)

This fun little party addition is easy to make – why not make an extra to keep in the freezer for game day or any time you need a peanut butter/chocolate fix!


Peanut Butter Cheese Ball


1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

3/4 cup peanut butter

3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or use a combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips)

Apples, cookies, or crackers to serve


Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until blended. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly (should form a ball shape).

Freeze for 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm enough to keep its shape. Place morsels in flat dish. Remove plastic wrap from ball and roll ball into morsels to completely cover -you may find it necessary to press morsels into ball.

Place ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.) Serve with apple slices, and/or crackers, grahams, or cookies.

recipe from Nestle via The Girl Who ate Everything


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