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Red Velvet Cheese Ball

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Luscious red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting flavors come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. This red velvet cheese ball recipe is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas or just because! 

serving plate with heart shaped red velvet cheese ball coated in white chocolate shavings with vanilla wafers and animal crackers for eating.

This fun red velvet cheese ball is perfect for a party. It makes a big visual statement and tastes amazing. 

Plus it is a great make ahead treat and can be that little something sweet for after a meal. Shape it like a heart for a fun Valentine’s Day party offering or as a ball for any day. 

It would make a perfect Christmas time treat as well! If you really wanted to get festive, you could use green coconut or something as a coating.

Red Velvet Cake Mix Adds Color and Flavor

Red velvet is everywhere… and Valentine’s day is coming up, so that only accelerates the red velvet madness.  Add to that the cheese ball resurgence and it’s a perfect storm.

I have to say it’s a storm I can totally get behind too!  Cheese balls are easily adaptable for any taste or occasion.  

red velvet cheese ball hand shaped into a heart shape, ready to be coated in white chocolate

So why not do a make a dessert cheese ball that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day  (or Christmas, or just because!)?

This is easy to make, and has that wow factor.  It would be great on a buffet at a party. 

In fact it has been very well received on multiple spreads at our house!

Everyone can take as much or as little as they like and other than putting it out and assembling some dippers, it doesn’t take any last minute work.  It can be made ahead of time and doesn’t involve much mess.

covering red velvet cheese ball in white chocolate shavings,

It would be a show stopper at a potluck or fun for a picnic.  And just think of all of the fun dippers you can use.

We love vanilla wafers, animal crackers, graham crackers and even pretzels. I’m sure it would be great on chocolate sandwich cookies as well!

More Velvet Cake Inspired Recipes

If you like red velvet inspired recipes, you’ll have to check out my red velvet puppy chow. Or maybe all this talk has you craving cake.

chocolate teddy graham with red velvet cheese ball on it.

If that’s the case, scratch that itch with a lemon velvet cake with lemon sweetened condensed milk frosting. It’s so good!

If pink is more your style, try making a homemade pink velvet cake. Or whip up a batch of homemade pink velvet ice cream.

You can also use red velvet cake mix to make red velvet truffles.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Valentines inspired treats can be so much fun. This cheese ball would be a great offering for a girls night or family dinner in.

If you are looking for classroom treats, check out the I choo-choose you Valentine’s Day train treats. They involve juice boxes and candy in the shape of trains that are perfect for passing out to the kiddos. 

But whatever else you make to celebrate Valentine’s Day, be sure to have this cheese ball on your menu.  It is sure to get their hearts beating and their sweet tooth happy. 

Plus is is so fun to make and eat, it’s just a winner all the way around!

plate with helping of red velvet cheese ball, cookies and pretzels ready to eat.


Tips for Making a Red Velvet Cheese Ball

For ease of mixing, you can use a food processor or mixer.  However, you can also make this cheese ball by hand.

Just use a bigger bowl than you’d think, so you have plenty of room to work and be sure your cream cheese is really softened. Cold cream cheese will be much harder to incorporate without chunks.

looking down on platter filled with white chocolate covered red velvet cheese ball and dippers

Scoop the cheese ball mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and gently wrap.  Use the plastic wrap to start shaping the ball.

For a heart shape, go ahead and roughly shape the cheese ball now. Then chill.

Once the cheese ball is chilled, remove from the refrigerator and reshape a bit.  It will hold its shape much better after it is chilled.

You can use shavings of white chocolate, white chocolate chips, regular chocolate chips and more to coat your cheese ball.  You can also serve it bare if you prefer to let the red show. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I serve this red velvet cheese ball?

You want to chill the cheese ball to help it set and to make it easier to shape and coat. However, it is easiest to enjoy at room temperature.
So take it out of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you want to serve it. Make sure you have plenty of graham crackers, animal crackers, pretzels, cookies, fruit or whatever dippers you like on hand and dig in!

How do I store the leftovers?

If you have cheese ball left over, just wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. It will stay good for about a week.

Have you ever made a sweet cheese ball?  What’s your favorite flavor?

looking down on platter filled with white chocolate covered red velvet cheese ball and dippers

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Servings: 24 Servings
Author: Carlee
This fun red velvet cheese ball is perfect for a party. It makes a big visual statement and tastes amazing.  Plus it is a great make ahead treat and can be that little something sweet for after a meal. Shape it like a heart for a fun Valentine's Day party offering or as a ball for any day.  It would make a perfect Christmas time treat as well!
4.95 from 20 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or white chocolate shavings
  • graham crackers, pretzels or cookies for serving

Instructions
 

  • Mix together cream cheese, butter, sugar and cake mix until uniform.
    1 box red velvet cake mix, 8 oz cream cheese, ½ cup butter, ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Form into a ball (or heart!), wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  • Roll ball in chocolate chips or press with chocolate shavings before serving.
    1 cup white chocolate chips or white chocolate shavings

Notes

This cheese ball is perfect served with animal crackers, Teddy Grahams, graham crackers, pretzels, fruit and more.
Take the cheese ball out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving for the best eating experience.
You can try this cheese ball with other cake mix flavors as well. Lemon cake mix would be good, so would strawberry or chocolate.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 104mgSugar: 10g

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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Carlee

Friday 16th of February 2018

Thank you!

Amy

Monday 12th of February 2018

What a great idea! I'm glad that you put the powdered sugar on the heart - it was looking a little too real for me! I also love the white chocolate chips on it.

Carlee

Friday 16th of February 2018

Ha! I like the contrast of the white and the red too!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 12th of February 2018

This sounds so good! I know I would love it, but do you have to share??

Carlee

Friday 16th of February 2018

Nope, hide it and keep it for yourself. I won't tell a soul!

Unknown

Sunday 11th of February 2018

Um no I've never made a sweet cheese ball but THAT'S about to change!

Carlee

Friday 16th of February 2018

You totally should! We have a few varieties that we really love and I'm sure you will too!

Hardlyagoddess

Saturday 10th of February 2018

This is really cool- It would be a great thing to bring to a a potluck for a little red-surprise!

Carlee

Friday 16th of February 2018

Thank you! It is such a fun one to serve (and eat!)