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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Luscious red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting flavors come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. Red velvet cheese balls are perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas or just because! 

serving plate with heart shaped red velvet cheese ball coated in white chocolate shavings with nilla 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!

    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.  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!

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

    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!

small amount of red velvet cheese ball served on plate with vanilla wafers

      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.

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

red velvet cheese ball coated in white chocolate chips with vanilla wafers and graham crackers for enjoying

      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 teeth happy.  Plus is is so fun to make and eat, it's just a winner all the way around!

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.

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. 

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

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Yield: 24 servings

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Red Velvet Cheese Ball

Luscious red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting flavors come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. Red velvet cheese balls are perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas or just because!


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips or white chocolate shavings
  • graham crackers, pretzels or cookies for serving


How to cook Red Velvet Cheese Ball

  1. Mix together cream cheese, butter, sugar and cake mix.
  2. Form into a ball (or heart!), wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  3. Roll ball in chocolate chips or press with chocolate shavings before serving.
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Luscious red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting flavors come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. Red velvet cheese balls are perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas or just because!

Luscious red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting flavors come together for a one of a kind dessert experience. Red velvet cheese balls are perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas or just because!


  1. Wow! This sounds so decadent! Stopping by from Sweet and Savoury link up and pinning to Pinterest.

    1. It is, and so good! My little guy just wanted to pick the white chips off the outside though!

  2. I wouldn't be able to resist picking the chocolate chips of this, looks great! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! [email protected] in Pyjamas

    1. That is exactly what my little guy did! Which is fine... more cheese ball for me! Thanks for hosting!

  3. Such a great idea and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you'll join us again this Monday morning :)

    1. Thanks for hosting! The cheeseball was delicious!

  4. Wow, Carlee, this is a little over the top, lol! I can only imagine! :) Are those Nilla Wafers? I bet they'd be perfect!

    1. Isn't it though? It was delicious anyway! They are Nilla Wafers, which were my favorite dipper but graham crackers and pretzels were good too.

  5. I literally LOVED this so much that I am including it this Friday on my Friday Favorites Hearts Edition!! Soooo beautiful and yummy looking and the way to my family's heart!!

    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! You are the sweetest!

  6. Hi Carlee, I have never tasted any sort of cheese ball! I know I haven't lived. I don't think I'd ever heard of them until I started reading your blog. Red velvet cake mix isn't something we get here either. I do live on a rock!... Now lemons are something we have an abundance of.


    1. You definitely need to come spend a month with us and we'll just eat our way through the grocery store! ;-) Then I'll have to go home with you so we can walk off the weight we gain!

  7. Beautiful Valentine's treat! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have an awesome week.

  8. Hi Carlee, this fits perfectly with the themes for Food on Friday: February. Please bring it on over to share it with everyone. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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

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

  10. Um no I've never made a sweet cheese ball but THAT'S about to change! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy--we appreciate you!

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

  11. Your Red Velvet Cheese Ball is so special, I pinned it! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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

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

  13. 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.

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


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