Last updated on March 14th, 2019 at 08:22 am
All the delicious gooey parts of a Derby Pie with chocolate, caramel, pecans, and bourbon, stuffed inside a sweet chocolate cheese ball and rolled in toasted pecans. Perfect for watching the Kentucky Derby!
Easy Dessert Cheese Ball Recipe
You guys know I love a great cheese ball, especially a sweet dessert one! And in the spirit of the upcoming Kentucky Derby I decided to do a riff on Derby Pie! I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate, pecans, and bourbon?!?!
It’s not a completely new idea for me as I stuffed my Almond Joy Cheese Ball with fudge sauce and it’s so amazing when you scoop into it. All the gooey fudge pours out and adds a whole other level of flavor and texture to the cheese ball.
Same concept but this time, I am stuffing the cheese ball with all the chocolate bourbon pecan pie goodness. Reversing the texture profile is a little surprising but oh, so, tasty!
A deconstructed Derby pie if you will!
Just take me to the Derby Pie Cheese Ball Recipe Already!
If you’d rather skip my (very helpful, I think) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this delicious easy Derby Pie Cheese Ball recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie in a Cheese Ball
To make the Derby Pie Cheese Ball we have to start by making the derby pie filling. The filling can be made a few days ahead of time, along with the cheese ball mixture, and assembled when ready. Let’s get to cooking the pie!
- cook the corn syrup and butter and mix with eggs and vanilla (1)
- add the bourbon, chocolate chips, and toasted pecans (2)
- pour mixture into a pie pan and bake (3)
- cool finished pie and remove 1/2 cup of cooked filling (4)
Try to contain yourself while the chocolate bourbon pecan pie is baking because the smell of all that goodness will have you drooling like crazy! Don’t worry, you will get to try some because the cheese ball only requires 1/3 to 1/2 of this finished pie.
Brooks and I ate the remaining filling with two spoons sitting on the counter. The filling is also very tasty over some vanilla ice cream if you are looking to be a little classier than we were.
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Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Cheese Ball
After the derby pie filling is cooled, we need to prepare the chocolate cheese ball.
- combine the cream cheese, cocoa, and powdered sugar (1)
- combine and spread into a circle on plastic wrap (2)
- chill for 15 minutes
- add the 1/2 cup derby pie filling (3)
- slowly roll up the edges and seal on the top (4)
- seal up and chill another 5 minutes
After the derby pie cheese ball has chilled and you are ready to serve, roll the cheese ball in toasted pecans to coat and then serve with crackers. I prefer either shortbread cookies or thin salted pretzels. The saltiness of the pretzels really balances out the sweetness of the chocolate and pairs well with the bourbon.
It’s a fun and new way to enjoy a Kentucky Derby Pie while watching the horses don’t you think?
FAQ about Derby Pie Cheese Ball:
- Q: How far in advance can I make the cheese ball?
A: Up to 4 days ahead of time! I like to make the pie mixture at least a day ahead of stuffing the cheese ball.
- Q: What can I do if I don’t have time to make the derby pie mixture?
A: If you don’t have time to make one, nor can you find one already baked at the store, feel free to use the filling of a pecan pie. Just be sure to add 1 tablespoon of bourbon is you like:)
- Q: If I am allergic to pecans, is there an alternative?
A: If you are not allergic to other nuts feel free to switch to another nut. If you want to use a chess pie filling for the center and roll the cheese ball in crushed shortbread cookies, that would be great too!
Other delicious chocolate cheese ball recipes to try!
- Double Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball – Butter with a Side of Bread
- Brownie Batter Cheesecake Ball – Chelsea’s Messy Apron
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Ball – Chef in Training
- Puppy Chow Cheese Ball – Take Two Tapas
- Snickers Cheese Ball – The Recipe Rebel
- German Chocolate Cake Cheese Ball – Oh, Sweet Basil
- Almond Joy Cheese Ball – Take Two Tapas
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I use a lot of plastic wrap and aluminum foil and I prefer to have mine extra wide so I buy the professional size boxes. Having extra wide plastic wrap and foil and easier to use and much cheaper than buying those small boxes that aren’t wide enough to cover your baking sheets!
Easy Derby Pie Cheese Ball RecipePrint
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Derby Pie Mixture
Toasted Pecans for garnish
Prep Derby Pie Filling
Prep derby pie filling and bake as instructed in Derby Pie Bites post.
Chill before using in Derby Pie Cheese Ball
Prepare Pie Cheese Ball
Combine cream cheese, cocoa, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt.
Spread onto plastic wrap.
Chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Place 1/2 cup Derby Pie mixture in center of cream cheese mixture.
Fold edges of cream cheese mixture over Derby Pie mixture.
Wrap in plastic wrap and smooth into a ball.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Roll in toasted pecans.
Serve with salted pretzel crisps or cookies!
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- Category: Cheese Balls, Party Foods, Appetizers, Sweet Cheese Balls
- Method: Medium
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Derby Pie, Cheese Ball, Derby Pie Cheese Ball, Derby Party, Kentucky Derby, Chocolate, Pecan, Bourbon
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