Colleen and I were going to make these cute little firecracker cream cheese wafer things she found on Pinterest for the Fourth of July, but that recipe went awry when the instant pudding mix the recipe called for turned our strawberry-flavored cream cheese orange. (Adding red food coloring only made matters worse; we wound up with a hot pink filling instead.)
Anyway, in the process of screwing up that recipe, we got the idea of turning a family favorite — the chocolate chip cheeseball — into a fruit concoction. We basically used the same exact recipe (see below), except we subbed strawberry cream cheese for the regular kind and strawberries for chocolate chips. Instead of covering it in crushed Oreos, we went with the patriotic-colored fruit you see above.
The chocolate chip cheeseball is usually served with chocolate graham crackers. I’m planning to serve this one with an assortment of strawberry and vanilla wafer cookies and some whole strawberries. Happy Fourth of July!
Fourth of July Strawberry Cheeseball
1 8-ounce tub strawberry cream cheese*
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cut up strawberries to mix into the cheeseball, but sliced strawberries, blueberries and red raspberries to cover it with.
Beat all ingredients, including the 2-3 cut-up strawberries, and shape into a ball, then refrigerate until firm. Cover cheeseball with red and blue fruit, such as strawberries and blueberries, in any pattern that appeals to you.
Note: Using strawberry cream cheese made this cheeseball a bit softer than usual. Next time, I’d probably just make my own strawberry flavored cream cheese by beating 3 cut up strawberries and a tablespoon of sugar into an 8-ounce brick of cream cheese.