“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” – Dave Barry
Chocolate is a beautiful thing. I love to have a cup of coffee, take a sip, and then pop a little piece of chocolate in my mouth and let it melt. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous way to eat chocolate. I’ve been looking for some good recipes for an event I’m hosting in July.
I have a group of amazing friends, and one of them, Jacqui, came up with incredibly fun idea about 2 years ago. She created a club called Girl’s Games and Giving. Now, this isn’t an exclusive club, anyone – any GIRL – can come to any of the meetings, which are held about once a month. Each month a different member gets the chance to play hostess. Everyone comes to the party and the hostess makes some yummy goodies to nosh on. We usually play games like Catch Phrase or Apples to Apples, or sometimes we just get to yackkin’ and that’s what we do all night. There is always wine involved (or sometimes sangria) but the best part is the giving.
Everyone brings $10 to the party, and the hostess gets to pick out the charity that she wants to support that month. So far, we’ve raised about $2100 for a bunch of different causes. Sometimes the hostess chooses a charity that is very personal (like donating to someone she knows who is in need of help) and sometimes the money goes to a larger organization such as Feed My Starving Children. Which, by the way, if you have never gone to a FMSC food packing party, you need too. It’s a lot of fun and it’s unbelieveable how many meals can be packed up in a couple of hours. So as the hostess I feel I have two duties. One is to come up with a fabulous spread; and the other is to pick a really good charity. This time I’ve decided to give to – whoops, it’s supposed to be a surprise. I’ll update you after the event.
I need to come up with some great goodies and I found this recipe for a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball. Isn’t that cool idea? A cheese ball that’s sweet instead of savory? I thought so. I found the recipe on the Taste of Home Web site and modified it just a tiny bit. Last night I mixed up the ingredients and gave it a little taste. It was pretty good, but not knock me back on my heels good. But today, the flavors melded and it is really delicious.
Gather up these low fat ingredients.
Let the butter and cream cheese sit out and get nice and soft. Then mix together until fluffy.
Mix in the powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla (the vanilla’s in there, it’s just buried under the powdered sugar. Really).
Mix it up good and then add in the mini chocolate chips. Yeah.
Mix those chips and try a taste. Now cover it up and put in the refrigerator for awhile. I put mine in overnight but I bet an hour or so would work.
Now dump it all out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Don’t eat any (KIDDING).
Now use the plastic wrap to keep your hands clean and wrap it up into a ball. Stick it back in the fridge for about an hour.
While you’re patiently waiting, keep yourself occupied by toasting some walnuts and chopping them up. Chop into pretty small pieces.
Peel off the plastic wrap. Mmmm. Smells great!
Roll them it in the walnuts. Keep rolling it until it’s completely covered. This is also a chance to make it rounder if you need to.
Very nice! Serve with graham crackers, cinnamon sugar pita chips, vanilla wafers (you get the idea, nothing healthy).
Don’t eat half of it while typing stuff into a blog. I didn’t do that. I had help. Well, at least I had help with the pita chips and graham crackers – I don’t feed chocolate to the dogs.
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cups finely chopped walnuts
Beat butter and cream cheese in a medium sized bowl until fluffy.
Add powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla, and beat until combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer.
Scoop out mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.
Toast walnuts and finely chop.
Unwrap cheese ball and roll in walnuts until well covered.
Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers, cinnamon sugar pita chips, or any goodie of your choice.