Score a touchdown with this easy and fun Football Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Dip for your next Game Day party and get ready to receive rave reviews! Whether you are there for the actual game or just for the half-time show and commercials, this simple dessert dip with Oreo cookies and mini chocolate chips can be made in 15 minutes and is sure to please!

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An Oreo cheesecake cheese ball decorated like a football for Game Day on a platter with pretzels, strawberries, and cookies for dipping.

It's no secret that when it comes to the Super Bowl, I'm really there for the half-time show and watching the creative commercials each year. And most definitely the party food.

Every year we get together with friends and forego a "real" dinner in favor of all our favorite appetizers and finger foods. That includes desserts, which are even more fun when they are football-themed like this cookies & cream cheesecake dip!

Made with just a handful of ingredients, you get all that great cookies & cream flavor in a scoopable form shaped to resemble a football. It doesn't even take any fancy decorating skills to pull this one off and your friends and family will definitely be impressed.

Why this Recipe Works

  • So easy! The actual work that goes into this yummy dip is minimal. Even kids can make it and feel like a total rock star in the kitchen.
  • Choose your favorite dippers. Serve it with your favorite dessert dippers, whether that's more Oreo cookies, salty pretzels, or something healthy like crisp apples or sweet strawberries.
  • Make-ahead friendly! This dip can be made days in advance and have it ready to go when it's game time!

Ingredient Notes

  • Cream cheese: I recommend using full-fat cream cheese for best results, but even reduced fat neufchatel will work.
  • Oreo cookies: You can use regular or mini Oreos, it doesn't matter. Or go crazy and grab flavored Oreos like the peanut butter or mint ones for something different!
  • Mini chocolate chips: Regular size chocolate chips are too big for enjoyable scooping and eating, but the mini ones work perfectly and provide better coverage for the outside of the dessert cheeseball.
Ingredients for making a cookies & cream dessert cheese ball.

How to Make This Recipe

Start by beating the softened butter and cream cheese together in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth and well-combined. This is much harder to do if both the butter and cream cheese are cold, so let them sit out for at least 30 minutes first.

Add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl so everything gets evenly mixed together and you don't end up with pockets of cream cheese that didn't get mixed in very well.

Add crushed Oreo cookie crumbs and stir until combined. The mixture will be pretty soft and about like the consistency of thick frosting at this point.

Lay a large piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface and scoop all of the Oreo cheeseball mixture into a mound right in the center. Wrap it up, using the plastic wrap to help you shape the mixture into a football shape and wrap it up well. It doesn't need to be perfect because any flaws in the shape will mostly be covered up once the cheeseball gets covered in mini chocolate chips.

Chill for 1 hour in the fridge to help firm up the cheese football.

Once the football is cold and easier to handle, unwrap and press into the mini chocolate chips sprinkled in an even layer on a shallow plate or pan. Make sure to coat the top and edges well for full coverage. You can gently mold or shape the football more to your liking with your hands at this point. Transfer to a large serving plate.

Use a little white frosting or melted white chocolate chips or candy melts to pipe lines on top of the football to finish the look. You could also just carefully arrange white chocolate chips in lines instead if you prefer, although that's a bit fussier and doesn't look quite as nice in my experience.

Arrange lots of dessert dipping options around your cookies & cream cheesecake dip just before serving. If you are planning on making this ahead and taking it with you to a party, I recommend waiting to add your dippers until you get there so they don't get soft or stale.

A football shaped dessert cheese ball covered in mini chocolate chips and decorated to look like a football.

Recipe FAQ's

Why is the cream cheese not blending well with the butter?

This is most likely happening because they are not at room temperature. If they are straight from the fridge, they will usually be too hard to combine well. If they are too cold, they might not get very fluffy while mixing either.

Can I use regular-sized chocolate chips?

Definitely! Mini chocolate chips are my first choice because they match the creamy dip a little bit better, but regular chocolate chips will still work!

How can I adapt this for other events?

Instead of shaping this into a football, shape it into a round ball and do not decorate it with white lines. This makes it the perfect year round dessert!

How do I keep apple slices from going brown?

If serving with apple slices, try soaking them in a large bowl of cold water with 1 teaspoon of salt for about 30 seconds, then rinsing them with cold water and patting dry. This will help keep them from going brown as quickly.

What to Serve With This Dip

Really this dip is great with anything you can think of that is sturdy enough to scoop up some of the dip. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

  • Oreos (yes, this is already made with Oreos, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying it with even more of America's favorite cookies)
  • Graham crackers (classic honey flavored or chocolate grahams are both excellent)
  • Nilla Wafers (original or mini)
  • Pretzel twists
  • Chessmen cookies
  • Fresh fruit (strawberries and apple slices work particularly well, but even pineapple and grapes are delicious with this dip)

Recipe Tips

  • Storage: This can be completely made ahead and stored in the refrigerator tightly wrapped for up to 5 days! It’s very easy to throw together and store, so it’s perfect to bring to a party.
  • Freezing: This dessert ball freezes well for up to 2 months. Just cover with plastic wrap to freeze it, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
  • Variations: Use any type of Oreo cookie you like for the inside of the cheesecake dip. Or instead of using mini chocolate chips to coat the outside, try rolling the cheesecake ball in your favorite crushed cookies instead.
A football shaped dessert cheese ball with a few servings removed on a serving platter with Oreos, pretzels, strawberries, and other cookies.

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Football Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Dip

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Amy Nash
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 servings
Score a touchdown with this easy and fun Football Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Dip for your next Game Day party and get ready to receive rave reviews! Whether you are there for the actual game or just for the half-time show and commercials, this simple dessert dip with Oreo cookies and mini chocolate chips can be made in 15 minutes and is sure to please!

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 20 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips, white frosting, or white candy melts for decorating (see note)
  • Optional: whole Oreos, graham crackers, Nilla wafers, shortbread cookies, strawberries, sliced apples, pretzels, etc. for dipping into the finished cheese ball

Instructions
 

  • In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter until well-combined and fluffy.
  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture and cream it together until well combined and fluffy.
  • Add the crushed sandwich cookies and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Scoop the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and cover it to form a ball. Place it on a baking sheet to ensure it keeps its shape in the fridge. While it is covered in the plastic wrap and on the baking sheet, shape it into a football. It does not need to be perfect, just get the general shape and adjust it later. Doing it when it is already in plastic wrap prevents it from making a mess. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until it is firm.
  • Unwrap the refrigerated football and place it on the serving tray. If it is not in the exact shape you want, you can adjust it. Coat it in the mini chocolate chips by pressing them in slightly.
  • Decorate the football. If you are using the white chocolate chips to make the lines of the football, line them up on the football with the pointy side down to create a cleaner look. If you are using white frosting, place in a piping bag with a round tip or cut a medium-sized opening in a disposabl e piping bag. Pipe on the details of the football. If you are using candy melts, melt them according to the package directions and pipe them in the same way as the frosting.
  • Surround the dip with the cookies and fruit chosen to dip in it. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: This can be completely made ahead and stored in the refrigerator tightly wrapped for up to 5 days! It’s very easy to throw together and store, so it’s perfect to bring to a party.
  • Freezing: This dessert ball freezes well for up to 2 months. Just cover with plastic wrap to freeze it, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
  • Variations: Use any type of Oreo cookie you like for the inside of the cheesecake dip. Or instead of using mini chocolate chips to coat the outside, try rolling the cheesecake ball in your favorite crushed cookies instead.
  • Decorating: If you don’t have any of the decorating materials on hand, you can reserve some of the cheesecake mixture before adding in the crushed cookies. Then pipe it on just as you would frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg
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