As a kid, I didn’t understand the appeal of a cheese ball. As an adult, I fully appreciate the wonder. This year, I decided to share my love of a good cheese ball with my co-workers.
It’s sometimes difficult to come up with co-worker gifts. I needed twelve in total, so I didn’t want it to be too costly. This season seems to have been extra busy, so it couldn’t be too labor intensive either. My mom needed a few gifts too, so we split the effort.
I’ve shared this Dried Cranberry Cheese Ball recipe before. It’s not only a personal favorite, but it’s become a favorite of my modern quilt guild too!
Dried Cranberry Cheese Ball
Fills five 4 oz. jars
1 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted and chopped
Cheese ball method: To make this recipe into a traditional cheese ball, mix as directed and then place onto plastic wrap and form into a ball. I like to refrigerate it so it firms up a bit and then roll it in toasted pine nuts!
Toffee Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
Fills six to seven 4 oz. jars
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
2 Tablespoons caramel sauce (in the ice cream topping isle)
2 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped
1/2 cup Heath Toffee pieces
Approximately, another ½ cup of Toffee pieces for topping.DIRECTIONS:
2. Add caramel sauce and brown sugar.
3. Stir in chocolate chips and toffee.
4. Spoon into jars and top with toffee pieces.
Filling the jars:
Using a regular small spoon is the easiest way to fill the jars. Fill the jar about half-way and then use the spoon to ‘pack down’ the cheese ball into the bottom of the jar. What you’re really doing is eliminating air pockets and making sure every corner of the jar is filled. Fill to one-quarter inch from the rim of the jar.
I ordered boxes before I knew what I was doing. I’m like that. So, with the boxes in mind, we chose 4 ounce jars and decided to put labels on the lids since they would be visible through the clear top.
Creating and printing the labels was easy. I purchased 2.5” round labels by Avery and went to the Avery website. There’s a style number on the package and I entered that number on their website. If you don’t have the capability (or desire) to create your own graphics, Avery makes it easy with their pre-made designs. You can edit the lettering to fit your needs, place a sheet of labels in your printer and print!
Tip: When creating your own graphics, make sure your design is larger than the size it will be printed. That way, when you upload your design, you can shrink it to size and keep the detail. If your design is too small and you have to enlarge it to fit, you’ll lose detail and be unhappy. Additionally, it is virtually impossible to print your design absolutely and perfectly centered. Size your graphic to bleed over the edge of the label and don’t worry about it.