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No Bake Caramel Cheesecake Cheese Ball with Sea Salt

This no bake caramel cheesecake cheese ball with seat salt is bursting with sweet caramel flavor. An easy, make ahead dessert idea or turn it into a basketball dessert for your game watch party or even a kid’s birthday party idea.

blue platter with a no bake caramel cheesecake cheese ball

March Madness Party Recipes

March Madness is like Christmas for college basketball fans and it always seems to live up to it’s name! From crazy upsets to nail biting buzzer beaters and overtimes, there is always some type of excitement (and heartbreak). This year, my team is playing in the National Championship Game! Go Hoos!

The NCAA basketball tournament inspired this recipe, but I wanted to make a basketball version and a non-basketball version so that this could be enjoyed all year long for any type of gathering.

Also check out these other game day dip ideas for your March Madness party:

a no bake caramel cheesecake cheese ball on a light blue plate with apple slices, cookies and pretzels

Tips For Making a No Bake Caramel Cheesecake Cheese Ball

Where do I find salted caramel baking chips?
My grocery store carries them in the baking aisle in both a store brand and name brand. You can also always order them online from Amazon.

If you can’t find salted caramel / sea salt caramel chips, you can also use regular caramel chips if you can find those. If all else fails, you could also use regular chocolate chips.

What kind of caramel sauce do you use?
Any thicker caramel sauce will work. Ice cream topping is perfect.

Can you make this cheese ball ahead of time? 
Yes, most definitely. The cheese ball needs 2 hours to chill and can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

How to Make a No Bake Caramel Cheesecake Cheese Ball

Step 1: Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Step 2: While mixing, slowly add in powdered sugar.

Step 3: Add in vanilla and caramel sauce and combine.

Step 4: Fold in caramel chips.

Process photos for making a no bake caramel cheesecake cheese ball

Step 5: Place mixture onto a sheet of plastic wrap.

Step 6: Wrap mixture in plastic wrap.

Step 7: Shape into a ball and chill for at least 2 hours.

Step 8: Roll the cheese ball into the whole caramel chips until covered.

How to Make a Caramel Basketball Dessert Cheese Ball

A caramel dessert cheese ball decorated like a basketball on a plate with dippers

Follow the same instructions as above, but don’t roll the cheese ball into the chips. Instead, place the cheese ball on a plate and carefully push the chips into the cheese ball flat side down.

uncovered caramel cheese ball on a white plate

I found it easier to place the chocolate chips on first for the ribs around the ball.

no bake caramel cheese ball covered in salted caramel chips on a blue platter

caramel cheesecake cheese ball on a light blue platter

No Bake Caramel Cheesecake Cheese Ball

Darlene Kratz
This no bake caramel cheesecake cheese ball with seat salt is bursting with sweet caramel flavor. An easy, make ahead dessert idea or turn it into a basketball dessert for your game watch party or even a kid's birthday party idea.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Servings 8
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp caramel sauce
  • 1/2 cup salted caramel baking chips, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup salted caramel baking chips
  • handfull chocolate chips, optional (if decorating as a basketball)

Instructions
 

  • Beat cream cheese using a mixer on low speed until creamy.
  • Slowly add in the powdered sugar and continue mixing.
  • Add caramel sauce and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Fold in the chopped baking chips.
  • Lay out a piece of plastic wrap and scoop the cheese ball mixture onto the plastic wrap.
  • Pull up the sides of the plastic wrap and cover with an additional piece of plastic wrap. 
  • Shape into a ball and chill for 2 hours or until firm.
  • If decorating as a basketball, place cheese ball on a plate. Press baking chips into the cheese ball and use chocolate chips to make the black ribs around the ball.
  • Otherwise, simply roll cheese ball in caramel baking chips until covered. 

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal
Keyword caramel, dessert dip, no bake cheesecake
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