Cocoa Hearts Dip

by Marla on January 22, 2014 · 50 comments

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I think y’all love cheese as much as I do, right? I recently opened my mailbox to find the cookbook Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi ~ which is like the coolest thing ever!

Dips can be sweet or savory. As soon as I saw this recipe I knew a chocolate, cream cheese dessert dip had to happen. And in the shape of hearts for Valentine’s Day? Even better!

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Cheese balls are the ultimate party, holiday & game day food. Simple to prepare, decadently tasty, festive & pretty to look at.

They were designed for entertaining.

Cocoa Hearts Dessert Dip | Great for Valentine's Day, Game Day & Entertaining | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This recipe is called Pink Velvet Hearts & can be found on page 114. I opted out of the red food coloring, so my dessert hearts are not pink. They are cocoa colored.

They taste like chocolate cream cheese frosting. Dip your favorite cookies…

Cocoa Hearts Dessert Dip, Serve with Cookies  | Great for Valentine's Day, Game Day & Entertaining | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cocoa Hearts Dessert Dip, Serve with Cookies | Great for Valentine's Day, Game Day & Entertaining | FamilyFreshCooking.com

There are over 50 wonderful cheese ball creations for any occasion in this playful cookbook (and lots of great photos by Jason Wyche) Some of my favorite recipes include the following:

  • Herbed Turkey (Adorable! With Goat Cheese & Herbes de Provence) pg. 73
  • Inside-Out Carrot Cake (Raisins, Carrots, OJ, Pineapple, Toasted Walnuts, YUM!) pg. 94
  • Peanut Butter Starfish (Pretty presentation with crushed PB cookies as “sand”) pg.113
  • Pizza-Pizza (Looks like mini pizzas with pepperoni!) pg.59
  • S’more’s Ball (Campfire inspired dessert cheese ball, no fire needed.) pg. 107
  • The Spaniard (Cream Cheese, Chorizo & Manchego) pg.70

Cocoa Hearts Dessert Dip | Great for Valentine's Day, Game Day & Entertaining | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cocoa Hearts Dessert Dip | Great for Valentine's Day, Game Day & Entertaining | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Cocoa Hearts Dip

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 12 to 15 servings

Cocoa Hearts Dip

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Confectioners' Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 20-25 drops Red Food Coloring (optional, I did not use this)
  • White Chocolate Chips & Dark Chocolate Chips for topping
  • Cookies for dipping

Method

  • Line heart shaped pans with plastic wrap leaving overhang on all sides.
  • Using a stand mixer or a bowl & spatula combine all ingredients (excluding the chocolate chips topping.) Pack the mixture into prepared pans. Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight,
  • Before serving, unmold the cheese mixture & set on a platter. Remove the plastic wrap. Top with chocolate chips.
  • Serve with the cookies.
  • This recipe is from Michelle Buffardi's Great Balls of Cheese cookbook, page 114.
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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julianne January 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

Nuts and Hot Sauces!!

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2 Jenny Flake January 22, 2014 at 5:43 am

Too fun!! What a great cookbook! Love this adorable dessert!!

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3 Judith M. January 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

I like a little heat in cheese balls so I add some finely diced Jalapeno pepper and roll the ball in chopped pecans.

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4 Sandy Headtke January 22, 2014 at 5:48 am

Always extra sharp cheddar. For me its all about the cheese

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5 Diana Cote January 22, 2014 at 6:10 am

I’ve only made one with herbs and garlic.

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6 Katrina @ WVS January 22, 2014 at 6:17 am

Awww these are so pretty! Such a fun dessert.

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7 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective January 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

These heart dips are adorable!

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8 Janis Ussery January 22, 2014 at 7:10 am

Too cute! Who says cheese balls have to look the same. I love to add nuts to mine.

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9 Alina January 22, 2014 at 7:20 am

I love to kick it up a notch and put cup up Serrano peppers and crushed red pepper. I guess I like spicy foods!

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10 Sean C January 22, 2014 at 7:22 am

A little bit of bacon and spinach….YUM!

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11 Kari M January 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

Goat cheese and fresh herbs!

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12 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

Marla this is an adorable little book and love the dip and photos. Too cute!

I dont make many cheeseballs but I need to start!

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13 Teawench January 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I’ve never made a cheese ball. I may have only ever seen one or two in my life.

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14 Teawench January 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

Also, your pumpkin cheese ball link above goes to the rocky road recipe

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15 Diana Huffer January 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

I love cheese balls made with cheddar cheese and rolled in almonds! These recipes are just way to cute, even though I’m not sure I could duplicate them… ;)

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16 libby January 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

Hot sauce

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17 Wendy January 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

Ham, Green Onions, Crushed Pineapple & Pecans

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18 Luanna R January 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

Any cheese is always great! Cute heart dishes.

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19 Tina January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

I love goat cheese with pecans and dried cherries!

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20 Kipi January 22, 2014 at 9:26 am

Pink Velvet Hearts…sounds so yummy!!

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21 Lisa M January 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

I love to put nuts of all kinds in my cheese balls.

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22 Kipi January 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

I love the heart-shaped bowls. Are they available somewhere?

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23 Melissa B January 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

Spices, hot ones! and nuts

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24 Kathy C. January 22, 2014 at 11:03 am

nuts and pineapple

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25 Julie @ Table for Two January 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

Such a cute idea for Valentine’s day!! I love it!

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26 Hillary Hanson January 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

Nuts!

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27 Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

A sweet cheese dip: yummy!

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28 theresa krier January 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

pumpkin & cream cheese with spices

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29 Brandy January 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm

spinach and/or artichokes! yuuummm

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30 Amber January 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

I like pimentos in my cheeseballs

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31 vaishali January 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Chicken and ranch dressing mix.

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32 Tammy January 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I like to roll the cheese in chopped nuts

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33 Alice F January 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Chives and a few dashes of hot sauce.

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34 Sara January 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

As long as it’s a cheese ball, I’ll pretty much love it! (Unless it’s got shrimps in it. Ech!)

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35 Marla January 24, 2014 at 6:05 am

Ha! I might be right there with you :)

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36 Susie January 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I have never made a cheeseball before.

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37 itzia January 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

cranberries!

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38 Emily H. January 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

walnuts! mmmm

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39 kesha January 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

I like to put pineapple in my cheeseballs

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40 Christy Spurlock January 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

Several types of cheese and nuts!

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41 Meg Merkley January 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I love my Grandma’s recipe with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pimentoes, a little onion,, and then roll it in chopped nuts.

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42 Nikki January 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

herbs and spices

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43 Barb January 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I have only had hickory farms ones but they are cheddar and nuts

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44 Ali January 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I’ve never made a cheese ball before….but I’d like to try!

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45 Ann Howard January 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Bacon & Pimentos

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46 Eva K January 30, 2014 at 4:48 am

Herbs!

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47 Annette January 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

In cheese balls, I like to put fresh pecans from my dad’s trees.

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48 Carmen January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I love adding nuts like pecans or walnuts

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