Party Food Ideas - Peanut Butter Cheese Ball
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!)
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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
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: A Party!
- 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
- 1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, cream together peanut butter, cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla with a mixer until well blended.
- 2. Add 1/2 of the powdered sugar and mix well. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well blended.
- 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. 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. Add the melted chocolate morsels to the small mixing bowl and hand blend thoroughly. The color should be a dark brown.
- 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. 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.
- Freeze for an hour and a half of until firm.
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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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Recipe Steps Continued - Only a Few MoreClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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!
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?
Close Up of Marbled Effect on Cheese Ball
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter -- Sweet and Salty. Who could ask for more?
Classic Glass & Marble - Cheese Dome
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
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
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!
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.
This is a combination bag of milk chocolate and peanut butter morsels. This is the product I roll my cheese ball in!
If you prefer a semi-sweet taste, Nestle's is great!
Ghirardelli is one of my favorite chocolates and their chocolate morsels are fabulous. Get enough to make cookies and bars!
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
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