Picture of inside of Derby Pie Cheese Ball

Derby Pie Cheese Ball

  • Author: Jennifer Stewart
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 2hr 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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!



12 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch salt

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