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A quick story...when Jessica first moved here, I was sent out to buy candy for a girl's night. I grabbed a package (or three) of my favorite candy (REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cups) and hoped she'd be at least willing to eat them. I walked in the door and she squealed, "those are my favorite!" Since then, we've eaten a LOT of peanut butter cups.
So when we found out that Walmart and Reese's had partnered together to create the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge (in honor of basketball season) and were looking for the perfect recipe, we held our breath and submitted an original recipe! Remember the tasty, savory cheeseballs from Christmas? Well, this is a cheeseball, but it is sweet and packed full of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups instead! We named it the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup "Crossover" Cheeseball and it is gooood. The best part?
We were picked to be one of the 32 recipe competitors! Eek! So if you vote for us on the REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge and we win, we get a prize! Plus, fans who vote for our recipe (or other recipes) will be entered to win a $100 Walmart gift card. Sweet! So please, please, please go vote for us and here's the recipe for our Reese's Peanut Butter Cup "Crossover" Cheeseball!
Serves at least 16 people.
2 cups of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (you can use Snack Size, Regular-sized, or Reese's Minis)
2 8 oz. packages of neufchatel or low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp. salted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. peanut butter (either creamy or crunchy is fine)
1 package of Diamond of California Walnut Topping (1/2 cup)
1. Make sure your cream cheese or neufchatel cheese is at room temperature and slightly soft. If not, microwave on medium power for 30 seconds until it is pliable and easy to mix. Melt the butter in the microwave.
2. Put the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and peanut butter into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer (or a strong wooden spoon), mix the ingredients until they are blended.
3. Using a potato masher, mash the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in another bowl until they are in small pieces. Gently fold the Peanut Butter Cup pieces into the cream cheese mixture.
4. Using your hands, gently mold the cream cheese into a bowl shape.
5. Pour the Walnut Topping into a separate bowl. Place the cream cheese ball into the center of the bowl and gently roll until it is completely covered in nuts.
6. To serve, place sliced apples or Nilla Wafers on a platter with the cheeseball and a cheese knife in the middle. Place the platter the refrigerator if serving later or leave out if you are getting ready to start the game!
Enjoy and don't forget to vote for our recipe at REESE’S® Baking Bracket Challenge! Looking for more tasty treats? You can find more Game Day Recipes on the Hershey's website.
~Hilary & Jessica