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Party Food Ideas - Peanut Butter Cheese Ball

Updated on April 12, 2013

It's Party Time!

It's no secret -- I love parties! Decorating, cooking, baking and creating buffets are a passion for me. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite party food ideas -- a peanut butter cheese ball.

It is so yummy and your guests will love it as much as mine do. I am constantly asked for this very simple recipe because it is so good. An added bonus is that it's fun to come up with new and different ways to display it on your buffet table too!

Get your printer ready (the recipe is printable) and check out the photos of the finished peanut butter ball. You may get an idea for serving it that I haven't thought of yet! (If you do, please share in the comments section below. I'd love to hear about it!)

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball

Yes, it really can be called a "cheese ball" because there is cheese in the recipe.

2 Tier Cheese Dome - Perfect Serving Dish for a Cheese Ball

Godinger 2 Tier Wood Cheese Server-Glass Dome 8381
Godinger 2 Tier Wood Cheese Server-Glass Dome 8381

I am a HUGE fan of tiered serving dishes! This one would work great for our cheese ball.

Place it on the top level and your crackers and/or fruit below. You can cover the whole shebang with the glass dome until serving time!

This one is on my wish list.

 
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Recipe
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Recipe

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves: A Party!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. Peanut Butter
  • 1 - 8 oz package of Cream Cheese
  • 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 c. Milk Chocolate or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 package mixed morsels (chips) -- Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Instructions

  1. 1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together peanut butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla with a mixer until well blended.
  2. 2. Add 1/2 of the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
  3. 3. Divide the peanut butter mixture into 2 sections - 1/3 and 2/3. Take the smaller section and place it in a small mixing bowl -- leaving the 2/3 in the medium mixing bowl.
  4. 4. Melt 1/4 cup of chocolate morsels in the microwave. I do this on full power for 15 seconds. Take out and stir. And put it in for another 30 seconds. Stir until all morsels are melted. DO NOT over microwave. 15 seconds + 30 seconds is usually plenty of time for a 1/4 of morsels.
  5. 5. Add the melted chocolate morsels to the small mixing bowl and hand blend thoroughly. The color should be a dark brown.
  6. 6. Place a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Take half of the peanut butter mixture and place it in the center of the plastic wrap. Add the chocolate mixture on top and finish it by topping it off with the remainder of the peanut butter mixture. It will look like a filled cookie sort of (see photo below). Now, I just swirled the mixture with my hands to marble the chocolate through the peanut butter. Don't over mix -- you want a marbled effect.
  7. 7. Pull up the ends and sides of the plastic wrap to form a ball. I then place the wrapped ball into a freezer safe bowl that has the shape I want for my cheese ball. In this case, I used a Solo® brand red plastic bowl.
  8. Freeze for an hour and a half of until firm.
  9. Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
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Best of Both Worlds

Whether you are hosting an appetizer buffet or a dessert buffet, this peanut butter cheese ball will fit the bill!

For the appetizer buffet, serve with crackers like graham and butter.

For the dessert buffet, you could add bananas & apples in addition to the crackers.

Photos of Recipe Steps - Pictures Help!

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Gather your ingredients!With a mixer, cream together peanut butter, brown sugar, cream cheese & vanilla.Add 1/2 the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the rest and mix well again.This is what you have now. Take 1/3 of this mixture and put in another, small bowl.,1/3 in small bowl, 2/3 stays in medium bowl.Melt 1/4 cup chocolate morsels. 15 seconds first, then stir. Then 30 seconds and stir. Done!Add melted chocolate to the small bowl with the 1/3 mixture and blend well by hand.Chocolate mixture in small bowl, peanut butter mixture in large bowl.On top of a large piece of plastic wrap, sandwich the chocolate mixture between the peanut butter mixture.Using your hands (or a butter knife if you prefer), swirl chocolate mixture through. Do not mix it too well as this is supposed to be a marbled effect.
Gather your ingredients!
Gather your ingredients!
With a mixer, cream together peanut butter, brown sugar, cream cheese & vanilla.
With a mixer, cream together peanut butter, brown sugar, cream cheese & vanilla.
Add 1/2 the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the rest and mix well again.
Add 1/2 the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the rest and mix well again.
This is what you have now. Take 1/3 of this mixture and put in another, small bowl.,
This is what you have now. Take 1/3 of this mixture and put in another, small bowl.,
1/3 in small bowl, 2/3 stays in medium bowl.
1/3 in small bowl, 2/3 stays in medium bowl.
Melt 1/4 cup chocolate morsels. 15 seconds first, then stir. Then 30 seconds and stir. Done!
Melt 1/4 cup chocolate morsels. 15 seconds first, then stir. Then 30 seconds and stir. Done!
Add melted chocolate to the small bowl with the 1/3 mixture and blend well by hand.
Add melted chocolate to the small bowl with the 1/3 mixture and blend well by hand.
Chocolate mixture in small bowl, peanut butter mixture in large bowl.
Chocolate mixture in small bowl, peanut butter mixture in large bowl.
On top of a large piece of plastic wrap, sandwich the chocolate mixture between the peanut butter mixture.
On top of a large piece of plastic wrap, sandwich the chocolate mixture between the peanut butter mixture.
Using your hands (or a butter knife if you prefer), swirl chocolate mixture through. Do not mix it too well as this is supposed to be a marbled effect.
Using your hands (or a butter knife if you prefer), swirl chocolate mixture through. Do not mix it too well as this is supposed to be a marbled effect.

After an Hour and a Half in the Freezer...

the next step is...

1. Open and dump mixed morsels onto a plate or platter.

2. Unwrap ball from the plastic wrap.

3. Roll ball around in the morsels. You want a nice layer around the ball. Press them into the ball so they will stay. It gets a bit messy as the ball is not completely frozen but stick with it until it's covered in morsels.

4. Re-wrap the ball in plastic wrap and place back in the freezer. It's best when frozen overnight or for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from freezer about 30 minutes prior to serving so it can thaw. Place on serving dish and surround with your choice of crackers and/or fruit.

Enjoy!

Recipe Steps Continued - Only a Few More

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Wrapped ball placed in a freezer safe bowl (to hold shape).Side view of bowl I like to use.Peanut Butter and Chocolate morsels on a plate.Unwrapped ball after and hour and a half in the freezer. I invert it so that the bottom of the ball is flat and will sit on a plate/platter better.Roll ball in chips.Gently press chips into the ball as you go. Be patient, this takes a bit of time to cover the whole ball.Once covered, place on another sheet of plastic wrap.Wrap ball and place in freezer overnight.Take the ball out about 1/2 and hour before serving to allow it to thaw. Place on your plate, platter or stand and finish with something to spread the cheese ball on -- I used vanilla wafers and chocolate graham crackers.I sliced a wedge out so you can see the marbling of the chocolate layer. It really is pretty!
Wrapped ball placed in a freezer safe bowl (to hold shape).
Wrapped ball placed in a freezer safe bowl (to hold shape).
Side view of bowl I like to use.
Side view of bowl I like to use.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate morsels on a plate.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate morsels on a plate.
Unwrapped ball after and hour and a half in the freezer. I invert it so that the bottom of the ball is flat and will sit on a plate/platter better.
Unwrapped ball after and hour and a half in the freezer. I invert it so that the bottom of the ball is flat and will sit on a plate/platter better.
Roll ball in chips.
Roll ball in chips.
Gently press chips into the ball as you go. Be patient, this takes a bit of time to cover the whole ball.
Gently press chips into the ball as you go. Be patient, this takes a bit of time to cover the whole ball.
Once covered, place on another sheet of plastic wrap.
Once covered, place on another sheet of plastic wrap.
Wrap ball and place in freezer overnight.
Wrap ball and place in freezer overnight.
Take the ball out about 1/2 and hour before serving to allow it to thaw. Place on your plate, platter or stand and finish with something to spread the cheese ball on -- I used vanilla wafers and chocolate graham crackers.
Take the ball out about 1/2 and hour before serving to allow it to thaw. Place on your plate, platter or stand and finish with something to spread the cheese ball on -- I used vanilla wafers and chocolate graham crackers.
I sliced a wedge out so you can see the marbling of the chocolate layer. It really is pretty!
I sliced a wedge out so you can see the marbling of the chocolate layer. It really is pretty!

Tip:

Don't skimp on the chocolate morsels. Name brands like Nestle, Ghirardelli and Hersey chips melt and taste better than their cheaper counterparts.

Personally, I would rather buy name brand chips and non-name brand sugar and peanut butter.

No Peanut Butter
No Peanut Butter

Food Allergies

Be Mindful of Your Guests

Some people are very allergic to peanuts. Whenever I host a party, gathering or large event, I always make sure I label my foods so that guests will know what they are eating.

I don't write out the entire ingredient list, just usually the name. Then they can ask if they are worried. If you are hosting a party and know you have guests that are diabetic, have an allergy or affliction with a certain food, try to make a few items that anyone can eat in addition to your other offerings.

I have 2 nephews that hate chocolate -- I have no idea how we can be blood related but we are. I always try to make sure I have a few chocolate-free desserts at our family gatherings so they will have something to eat too. Fortunately, they both love almost any flavor, other than chocolate. So, I make a mixture of desserts using lemon, peanut butter, cherry, vanilla, key lime and more.

I always get a thank you hug from both of them! That makes it all worth while!

Image Credit to Piccolo Namek under the CC by S.A. 3.0 License.

Peanuts and Peanut Butter Opinion - Your Turn -- Yay or Nay?

Peanut butter (or peanuts) have a lot of people on either side of the fence. Where do you stand. Do you like the flavor or hate it. Do you or someone in your family have a peanut food allergy so you stay away?

Tell us, we want your opinion!

Do you like Peanut Butter?

Love it -- can't wait to try out this recipe!

Love it -- can't wait to try out this recipe!

Submit a Comment

  • Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

    I absolutely ADORE peanut butter and this recipe looks delicious!

  • Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

    Have friends with allergies. This one is a serious one! But I can eat it, and enjoy it. Just not too much.

  • 'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

    I do like Peanute Butter, the chunky kind.

  • mrdata 4 years ago

    Yes! I like eating Peanut Butter,

  • Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

    I love Peanut Butter!!!

  • designworld lm 4 years ago

    I always love peanut butter and plan to be making this recipe with my granddaughter!

  • DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

    I love peanut butter -- I just can't stand to mix in jelly. I know, I'm weird!

Not my cup of tea. I either don't like it or am allergic. Sorry!

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Close Up of Marbled Effect on Cheese Ball

Close Up of Marbled Effect on Cheese Ball
Close Up of Marbled Effect on Cheese Ball

Chocolate and Peanut Butter -- Sweet and Salty. Who could ask for more?

Classic Glass & Marble - Cheese Dome

Norpro Glass Cheese Dome with Marble Base
Norpro Glass Cheese Dome with Marble Base

This is a classic set. For decades, hosts and hostesses have served cheese and cheese balls on a marble slab with a glass domed lid.

They make a classy and elegant statement on your buffet table.

 

White Cake Stands Work Wonderfully - for this recipe

BIA Cordon Bleu 11-Inch by 6-1/4-Inch Porcelain Square Cake Stand, White
BIA Cordon Bleu 11-Inch by 6-1/4-Inch Porcelain Square Cake Stand, White

I love white serving dishes and, as you can see in the photos, that's what I used to display this cheese ball and take photos.

Round or square like this one, either way they make a wonderful presentation for your food.

 

Round White Cake Stand - Another Option for a Cheese Ball

12" White Porcelain 12 Inch Pedestal Pie Footed Plate Cake Dessert Stand
12" White Porcelain 12 Inch Pedestal Pie Footed Plate Cake Dessert Stand

This round white cake stand is similar to mine in the photos. It is 12" in diameter and will hold the ball and crackers or fruit around it very comfortably.

Again, white is my go-to color for buffets because it goes with anything and allows the colors of the food to shine!

 

Tip:

The cheese ball comes out best when allowed to freeze overnight or for at least 3 to 4 hours. About 30 minutes prior to serving the food, take it out of the freezer, display it in your chosen serving piece and let it thaw.

Quality Chocolate Chips are a Must - Don't Skimp here

Bad chocolate can ruin a recipe. One thing I never skimp on is chocolate chips. I have tried bargain brands before and regretted it.

My three favorite brands appear below. I usually get whichever is on sale and stock up when I find a good price.


Nestle Toll House Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Morsel Mix, 11 Ounce Package
Nestle Toll House Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Morsel Mix, 11 Ounce Package

This is a combination bag of milk chocolate and peanut butter morsels. This is the product I roll my cheese ball in!

 
Nestle Tollhouse Nestle Tollhouse Semi Sweet Morsels, 6 Ounce Bags
Nestle Tollhouse Nestle Tollhouse Semi Sweet Morsels, 6 Ounce Bags

If you prefer a semi-sweet taste, Nestle's is great!

 
Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 12 oz., 6 Count
Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Chips, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, 12 oz., 6 Count

Ghirardelli is one of my favorite chocolates and their chocolate morsels are fabulous. Get enough to make cookies and bars!

 
Hershey's Chips, Milk Chocolate, 2 Pound 4 Ounce
Hershey's Chips, Milk Chocolate, 2 Pound 4 Ounce

Of course, Hershey's is a great chocolate! You can't go wrong with a name brand chocolate chip!

 

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball Recipe - and how I Serve it

Peanut Butter Cheese Ball on Platter
Peanut Butter Cheese Ball on Platter

So, that's my story and that's my peanut butter cheese ball recipe and how I serve it to my guests. I hope you get the opportunity to make one. My family absolutely loves it and requests it anytime we have a gathering or party.

Sweet and salty... what could be a better snack? Enjoy!

Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

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Will you make a Peanut Butter Cheese Ball - for your next party?

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      hmm a cheese ball with peanut butter, that sounds like a unique tasting party food.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Well, I don't really party so I probably won't be making this recipe but I know some folks who do.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      That is really original. Definitely one for me to try :)

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Your Peanut Butter Cheese balls look delicious! Thanks for your recipe and congrats for your LOTD!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      This peanut butter cheese ball recipe looks and sounds delicious! I have never tried a peanut butter cheese ball. It is always great to have a new party recipe! Awesome!

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      designworld lm 4 years ago

      Ooo, I can't wait to try a peanut butter cheese ball. Your instructions are so clear. What a fun party food this is.