Thursday, January 31, 2013
Turtle Cheesecake Ball
We had a sign up earlier this week for soups, salads, chips and dips, and desserts.
I signed up for dessert.
Then I did a quick search on my Pinterest Sweet Treats board to see what I wanted to make.
I wanted something easy that I could make ahead. Something with chocolate (of course).
And then I found it.
Turtle Cheesecake Ball.
I have made something similar but the word "Turtle" really got my heart racing.
I LOVE turtle desserts. (As in the combination of caramels, nuts, and chocolate, not the animal)
So I did a quick grocery run (and totally did NOT count that for my January challenge since my family didn't get to enjoy any of it).
A few minutes of my time, and I had a turtle cheesecake ball chilling in the fridge.
Then today, I took it to school, added some sliced apples and some chocolate graham crackers, and a few hours later, I had nothing but a plate full of crumbs.
It was good stuff.
(I won't say how much of the eating of it was done by me, but I did have others tell me it was good too...)
cream cheese (8 oz), softened
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature (I used unsalted)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 package dry vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup caramel (ice cream topping)
Cream the butter and cream cheese together with a mixer.
Add the caramel and mix together.
Add the brown sugar and powdered sugar. Cream together.
Add the vanilla and pudding mix.
Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.
Pat into a ball and refrigerate for at least an hour. (I used plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick spray to help form the ball, then wrapped the ball up for the fridge.) By the way, I refrigerated it overnight.
One neat suggestion that the original website had was to drizzle caramel over the top. And I think adding a few chopped pecans and chocolate chips on top would be nice too.
But I totally forgot to take any of that.
So mine was just plain and not very pretty.
It was very tasty.
I enjoyed each and every bite.
I want to make it again. And I probably will. But not until I exercise all of these calories off. :)