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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

This sweet cookies and cream cheese ball is the perfect game day dessert.  It is full of chocolate goodness and goes with a ton of fun dippers. Grab a bite and enjoy the big football game! 
platter with football shaped cookies and cream cheese ball, graham crackers and chocolate cookies with frosting laces for dipping

     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 with chocolate cheese ball and cookies, graham cracker and pretzel dippers

       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! 
cheese ball with cookie specks ready to be coated with more cookie crumbs

      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 pretzels into chocolate cheese ball

Original post from 2015:

  MiMi came up with the idea to have a virtual tailgate for the big game.  One of my cousins, my grandma, my mom and I all made an apple cake within 24 hours of each other a couple of weeks back and it was so much fun!

    So, she thought it would be fun to see what everyone made to bring to our online "party."  This is one of her contenders!

    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.

cookies and cream cheese ball shaped like football on a football field platter

   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!

inside of chocolaty cookies and cream cheese ball with Oreos with football lace frosting in foreground

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

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!

Watch me make this on YouTube: 

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Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Football easy dessert cheese ball if perfect for game day. Take it to a tailgate or serve it at a party. If you don't want it to look like a football, you can serve it as a dip or make it circle. Use pretzels, cookies or fruit to dip into this yummy chocolate treat.
Yield: 24 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

Your guests are sure to RSVP to you football watching parties if they know you are making stuffed pizza footballs! They are also a great make and take for tailgates as well. We stuffed ours with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni, but you could use your favorite toppings!
Prep time: 15 Mininactive time: 1 HourTotal time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 24 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 T chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups powdered Sugar
  • White frosting or white chocolate for decorating*
  • additional cookies, graham crackers, pretzels etc. for serving


  1. Either finely chop 12 of the sandwich cookies or pulse them into small pieces in your food processor.
  2. In food processor or mixer, blend cream cheese, butter and chocolate syrup.
  3. Blend in powdered sugar and then stir in finely chopped sandwich cookies.
  4. Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  6. Chop remaining sandwich cookies. Then shape cheese ball into a football and coat with bits of sandwich cookies. Press them in to secure.
  7. Use white icing or melted white chocolate to form laces.
  8. 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.
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Dig in to this chocolate cookies and cream cheese ball.  It is great for game day or a fun dessert for a party. Use cookies, pretzels and more to dip right in and enjoy!



  1. Yummy cheeseball Carlee..Thanks for joining us at Throwback Thursday. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party this week. ~Quinn

    1. Thanks, Quinn! We used to used to have people over every Sunday during football season. It has been a little bit harder to do that this year, but I still love making snacks when it can happen!

  2. Wow, Carlee - Outragious!! I can only imagine your little one and the bliss he was in!! :) Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!!

    1. The adults had fun eating it too, we just had better aim while eating it! Thanks for hosting!

  3. What a fun idea! It is so easy to always think of salty and savory football snacks and sweet are always a second thought. But this recipe has me thinking otherwise!

    1. It is fun to have a festive sweet too! Plus this is a great make ahead option that travels well if you are watching the big game elsewhere!

  4. Clint came for a visit yesterday and the first thing he did was go straight to the refrigerator to see if you left any “football dip” here. I may have to make it again for Super Bowl.

    1. We did a pretty good number on it, that's for sure! I should have left the bit that wasn't demolished.

  5. Sooooo adorable and yummy sounding! I am added this to the Suer Bowl menu for sure, I can get my sweets fix that way!! Happy Monday Friend! Be warm and safe!

  6. This looks fantastic! My kind of cheese ball! I love Oreos and this would make happy people at my house! I just hope they keep it out of there ears! Ha ha!!

    1. Ha! I hope they keep it out of their ears too! You never know what a toddler may do...

  7. This is so dang cute! I'm bookmarking it to make when the college season starts up again! And I love the idea of a virtual tailgate--if it's virtual I can eat all the food myself right? :)

    1. You should definitely make it next year! I am sure you can find a way to work some green and yellow into it too =)

  8. Hi Carlee, Little Dude sounds like he's going to be just like his Mum. I have visions of him covered in chocolate, but having a great time... That pretzel must have been soggy by the time he finished that dip. Having a bit of a sweet tooth this sweet cheeseball appeals to me.


    1. He was so cute and he definitely inherited a bit of a sweet tooth from me! Luckily I usually manage to get most of it in my mouth ;-)

  9. Our crew would wipe this out before halftime! Sharing on my FB page this weekend. We will be watching the playoffs! #merrymonday

    1. Mine almost did too! This goes fast! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  10. This is perfect for super bowl Sunday!

  11. What special Football treats for the big game day! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. I think it's almost too pretty to "Tackle" and eat!.. Almost! give me that ball! Perfect on the dessert table for a football party! THanks for sharing at Celebrate 365's Football Party Recipe round up!

    1. Aw, thank you! But dig in, we can always make another!

  13. Now this is my kind of appetizer! Thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED!

  14. I need this in my life. In my belly. Wherever. I just need this!!!

  15. I guess I really need to have a football party now...just to have this yummy looking cheese ball!!!

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

    1. 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!

  17. 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! We hope to see you at our next party, sharing more of your awesome creations. Best wishes for an awesome 2019! Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much, Mary! I love the weekly potluck, thanks for hosting!

  18. 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!

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

  19. That's a nice twist on a cheeseball!

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


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