One winter, we had a foreign exchange student from Germany come with us to Christmas Dinner with mein Oma. We thought it would be nice for both of them to have a taste of home. He brought this with him for the dinner, saying that it was a "traditional German Christmas treat." When we asked what it was called, he told us, "the dessert ball." On the bright side, he did give us the recipe.
(I doubled the recipe for a party, which is what is pictured)
To make Ball:
1 package cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tbsp brown sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Chocolate Chips (minis preferably)
Mix all of your ingredients (except for the chocolate chips and vanilla wafers) in a large bowl. Mix well by hand or with a mixer, but make sure everything is blended well. I let my mixture sit for five minutes, and mixed again to make sure it was creamy and smooth.
Once blended well, clean out of bowl and place on counter, aluminum foil or baking sheet. Form into a ball.
If you are making this for a party within a few hours or the same day, place in fridge and cool until you are ready to serve or closer to party time. (Per the instructions from the German kid) If not, follow my directions below.
Transfer onto the serving tray of your choice. Use a spoon or your hands to form it as best as you'd like to be. Wipe any excess mess away with a towel. Trust me, there will be a mess.
Add chocolate chips. If you have minis, just toss those on top of it. If not, you'll want to crunch the full size chocolate chips up (pictured). Cover the entire ball with chocolate chips. Add vanilla wafers and place in fridge overnight to cool.
Enjoy your party and enjoy your yummy treat!