Tuesday, December 4, 2018

German Chocolate Cheeseball (with instant pudding!)

We all love having those quick and easy recipes to take to parties this time of year!

I have another one to add to your collection.  

This simple cheeseball has SO many options - use any flavor pudding
you'd like....I am partial to German Chocolate, but you could use white chocolate, butterscotch, pistachio...be creative. 

And you can also use a sugar free pudding mix, along with powdered sugar replacement (did you know you can make your own by whirling sweetener, like xylitol or erythritol for a while in the blender? Click here for easy instructions). 

We have to watch our sugar intake, so I used unsweetened shredded coconut, but of course, sweetened works just great too.  

Do your thing, but whatever you do, do NOT pass this recipe over. 

It's great served with graham crackers - regular or chocolate - vanilla wafers, even apple slices! Pretzels....whatever your family enjoys. 


GERMAN CHOCOLATE CHEESEBALL

1 pkg. (8 ozs.) cream cheese, softened
(please don't use fat free as it won't hold very well) 
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 sm. box (4-serv. size) instant chocolate (fudge) pudding mix
1-1/4 c. powdered sugar 
(or less if using powd. sugar substitute)
2 Tb. milk
1/2 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 c. pecans, chopped 
(and toasted makes them even better!)

Chocolate or regular graham crackers, vanilla wafers
pretzels, or apple slices for serving

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, instant pudding mix, powdered sugar and milk for several minutes on high. 

Line a qt. bowl with plastic wrap.  Place half the coconut and half the pecans in the bottom.  Gently mix them together (your fingers work great for that).  
Add the cheeseball mixture (sticky at this point). Roll around so the coconut and pecans coat the cheeseball mixture. When covered; fold plastic wrap around the cheeseball and refrigerate until time to serve.  


Recipe inspired by Shugary Sweets


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