This is a very fun twist on the traditional cheeseball. If that makes me a redneck that I enjoy cheeseballs~so be it! ;-) I am a PROUD cheeseball consumer. Especially when it involves chocolate.
It is so sweet and different and fun. And fattening, but that is besides the point.
I doubled this recipe for a baby shower and wound up bringing more than half home, so unless you are hosting a LARGE party (like 25 big burly woodsman that eat an entire dozen eggs each morning for breakfast) don't bother doubling. If said Woodsman bash is on your holiday agenda, do so. It will work out nicely for you.
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter
1/4 t. vanilla
2 T. brown sugar
3/4 c. confectioners sugar
3/4 c. mini chocolate chips
3/4 c. finely crushed pecans or mini chocolate chips~to coat.
Chocolate Graham Cracker sticks
Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips and beat with electric mixer until smooth. With large and strong wooden spoon, mix in miniature chips.
Grease a bowl and then your hands.
Grab the mixture and toss about in your hands, forming a ball. It is a sticky mess, but it gets there.
Toss it in the bowl and then in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Once it has hardened a bit, you can bring it back out and roll it in pecans or more chips. Line a tupperware bowl with plastic wrap and plop in. Cover and chill until party. It transports easily. Once you get to the party (or guests are arriving, flip bowl upside down, peel off the plastic wrap gently and invert on a platter.
Spread chocolate covered graham crackers all around.