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!
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.
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!
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!
An Oreo Cheese Ball?
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.
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!
So now that we have dessert covered for game day, what else are you making?
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.
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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Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball
- 24 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 8 oz. 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 sandwich cookies or pulse them into small pieces in your food processor.
- In food processor or mixer, blend cream cheese, butter and chocolate syrup.
- Blend in powdered sugar and then stir in finely chopped sandwich cookies.
- 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.