Happy New Year!! This is my first post of the New Year, I took a break during the holidays to hang out with the family and basically unplug a bit. I'm glad I did but I have a lot of catching up to do.
Guess what? I had a birthday over the break and I turned a very scary number! I'm 39 and I can not believe it - my last year in my 30's. How on earth did that happen? Help me out guys - do I write a before forty bucket list or do something special like that or do I just ignore the number and pretend it never happened??? I guess I could add things to my bucket list like finally make gnocchi or homemade pasta maybe attempt a souffle or learn to sew (on the awesome sewing machine I got for Christmas!!) If you vote on bucket list - what would you put on your bucket list? Help a girl out.
And yes, I do know that my first post of the new year should be a healthy recipe as I tell you all how I am going to be better this year. I do hope to drop those pounds and get my butt in gear but I also promise to enjoy the sweet and tasty things as well. Like this delicious Red Velvet Cheese Ball.
I am a huge fan of the dessert cheese balls and I like to bring them to parties. I brought this PB Cheese Ball to a Superbowl party a while back and this S'Mores Cheese Ball to a Shrimp Boil. This Amazing Red Velvet Cheese Ball was for a fun get together with friends a few weeks back but I think it may show up at the next super bowl party because it was that good.
I served these with Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Graham Crackers for dipping. This is perfect for a red velvet lover...or a sweets lover...or a dessert lover...or a ...you get the point right? Basically eat it - you will love it!
recipe from Taste and Tell
8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
1/2 cup of room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups of red velvet cake mix
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (I added some white chocolate chips in too)
cookies and/or crackers for dipping
Place the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine until smooth. Add to this the red velvet cake mix, the brown sugar and the powdered sugar. Mix until everything comes together and is nice and smooth.
Turn this mixture out onto plastic wrap or wax paper (it will be very sticky.) Wrap it up into a ball and refrigerate for at least two hours. I place it into a round bowl to help hold the shape.
Pour the chips onto a plate and roll the unwrapped cheese ball around on the chips, pat the chips onto it a bit to help it adhere.
Now it's ready to serve!
Other Cheese Balls I have made:
PB Cheese Ball
S'more Cheese Ball
Pecan and Olive Cheese Ball
Last year at this time I made Garlic Knots in the Bread Machine.
Two years ago at this time I made Baked "Fried" Pickles.
Three years ago at this time I made Tortellini Caprese Skewers.
Four years ago at this time I made My Favorite Oatmeal Recipe.
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