Peanut Butter Ball

Growing up, my sisters and I would always ask to have a cheese ball as an appetizer to Christmas dinner. However, it NEVER got eaten.  Every year it would be purchased, a few bites would be taken and then it was wasted.  We discontinuted the tradition of a 'Cheese Ball' until this year when I came across a different kind of appetizer that I knew wouldnt go to waste!  I tried it out for Thanksgiving, and it was a hit!

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips.
Celary sticks, apple slices, Glutino Pretzels, or Ian's Animal Cookies.

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until blended.

Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly forming into a ball shape.

Freeze for 1 hour 30 minutes or until firm enough to keep its shape. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips in flat dish. Remove plastic wrap from ball and roll ball into morsels to completely cover, pressing morsels into the ball if necessary.

Place ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.  Serve with some of my favorites: Celary sticks, apple slices, Glutino Pretzels, or Ian's Animal Cookies.


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