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Football Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball

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This sweet cookies and cream cheese ball is the perfect game day dessert, especially if you shape it like a football.  It is full of chocolate goodness and goes with a ton of fun dippers. Grab a bite and enjoy the big football game! 

chocolate football shaped cheese ball with cookies for dippers.

This cookies and cream cheese ball is the perfect dessert for your next tailgate or party.  Of course you can do it as a ball, or even a dip in a bowl, but it is most fun shaped as a football with laces piped on. 

You can use a variety of dippers as well.  We like chocolate sandwich cookies, graham crackers and even pretzels! Fruit would be great as well.

This fun dessert cheese ball is a perfect addition to your game day menu.  After all of the wings, nachos and chili, a little chocolate is sure to hit the spot.

plate of oreo cheese ball with cookies decorated with football laces

 Don’t worry if there isn’t a football game on the TV though, you can serve this any old time.  You can serve it as a dip or spread without shaping it into a football. 

It will still be delicious, just maybe slightly less cute.  Or cool. Or whatever you want to call food shaped into a football… 

It would be great at any party or get together.  In fact I would be tempted to make it just for a regular old day, but there’s no way I could trust myself to not eat way too much of it without a crowd to help me make it disappear! 

oreo cheese ball mixture shaped like a football with bowl of oreo crumbs nearby for coating the outside.

Luckily it is super simple to make and it’s a great make ahead recipe.  You can get it ready the day before even, so you can enjoy your guests or keep your eyes on the game. 

It travels pretty well also, so you can take it to a tailgate or a big game party across town.  Just bring plenty of dippers and you will be in good shape! 

MiMi originally shared this recipe with us in 2015.  I remade it in 2018 and shared some new pictures. 

I was dying for an excuse to make it again, so I made a quick video of the process for you. Now you just need to invent an excuse to make one for yourself! 

dipping pretzel into football shaped chocolate cheese ball

An Oreo Cheese Ball?

Normally when we think of cheese balls we think of savory.  We love Ro’s havarti cheese ball and of course the pig skin cheese ball is full of bacon and super popular on game day.

But not all cheese balls have to be savory.  Why not make a sweet one?

While we are at it, why not make it chocolaty and full of sandwich cookies?  After all, the cookies and cream layer cake was such a hit!  So a cookies and cream cheese ball makes perfect sense too.

football shaped oreo dessert dip in football themed serving dish

The first time MiMi made it, Little Dude had chocolate in his ears, his nose and all down his shirt.  He asked for seconds too.

He loves “dip.”  So he made one pretzel last through two helpings of his chocolate dip!

This time he was old enough to help make it.  He used the food processor to pulse the cookies into crumbs and make the cheese ball.

We had extra cookies in the pack and frosting from the laces, so we thought it would be fun to put laces on the sandwich cookies as well.  He really enjoyed getting to decorate some of the cookies himself and he did a great job!

football decorated oreos with chocolate cheese ball

So now that we have dessert covered for game day, what else are you making?

Frequently Asked Question

Can this chocolate cookies and cream cheese ball be made in advance?

Yes, for the easiest time shaping the ball you will want to let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up. However, if it is wrapped in plastic wrap, it can stay in the refrigerator for a couple of days before serving.

What if I don’t want a football cheese ball?

You can roll the mixture into a sphere and serve it like a normal cheese ball. Or just put the mixture in a bowl and serve it as a sweet Oreo dip. It is good no matter the shape you serve it in.

More great recipes for sweet spreads and dips

If you like dessert cheese balls, you have to check out the recipe for red velvet cheese ball. It’s perfect for most any occasion. It would be fun at Christmas time, but I especially love shaping it into a heart for Valentine’s Day.

If you like peanut butter and monster cookies, you have to try monster cookie dip.  It features the main ingredients of the cookies, but in a dippable form. It’s positively wonderful!

A fun sweet and tangy option is lemon cheesecake dip. It is perfect with fruit, graham crackers, animal crackers and more!

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chocolate football shaped cheese ball with cookies for dippers.

Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This cookies and cream cheese ball is the perfect dessert for your next tailgate or party.  Of course you can do it as a ball, or even a dip in a bowl, but it is most fun shaped as a football with laces piped on.  You can use a variety of dippers as well.  We like chocolate sandwich cookies, graham crackers and even pretzels! Fruit would be great as well.
4.74 from 23 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 24 Oreos
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • White frosting or white chocolate for decorating*
  • additional cookies, graham crackers, pretzels etc. for serving


  • Either finely chop 12 of the Oreos or pulse them into small pieces in your food processor.
  • In food processor or mixer, blend cream cheese, butter and chocolate syrup.
    8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup butter, 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • Blend in powdered sugar and then stir in finely chopped sandwich cookies.
    2 cups powdered sugar
  • Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Chop remaining sandwich cookies. Then shape cheese ball into a football and coat with bits of sandwich cookies. Press them in to secure.
  • Use white icing or melted white chocolate to form laces.
  • Serve with pretzels, grahams, small cookies etc.


To make a simple icing, just mix together about a half cup of powdered sugar with a drop or two of vanilla and a teaspoon or two of milk. Add a drop or two more milk at a time until it forms a thick paste. Place it in a plastic bag and snip a small piece off the corner. Use that to pipe the laces on the cheese ball and cookies.
Use the chocolate syrup like you use to make chocolate milk or as an ice cream topping. It is usually found near the ice cream toppings in the grocery store. 



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Tuesday 6th of October 2020

This looks so gorgeous! I am sure it tastes really good, too! Thanks for sharing, Carlee.


Sunday 11th of October 2020

I promise it does taste good. Thank you!

Jeff the Chef

Sunday 4th of October 2020

That's a nice twist on a cheeseball!


Sunday 11th of October 2020

Thank you, we really love it!

Andrea Nine

Friday 2nd of October 2020

You know I’m going to need this for football weekends! And with no one coming over, we will have it all to ourselves, LOL! Have a great weekend sweet friend!


Sunday 11th of October 2020

I'm sure the boys will help you eat it! Thank you, Andrea!

Mary Neumann

Thursday 3rd of January 2019

Happy New Year, Carlee! I just wanted to stop by and thank you for another great share at Weekend Potluck! You have such fun recipes - love the football cheese ball, perfect for gameday! Best wishes for an awesome 2019! Cheers!


Thursday 1st of February 2018

I have never had a sweet cheeseball. Thus sounds amazing, and I think my dipper would just be a spoon! ;)


Friday 2nd of February 2018

It is fun to have a spread that includes both a sweet and a savory cheese ball. This one was a huge hit with my family so I'm making another one this weekend! Ps. The spoon is a great idea!