All I can say is YUM! I cannot believe how good this is, like chocolate chip cheesecake. I didn't have any trouble getting it to form into a ball. Like others who were successful, I let my butter and cream cheese soften by standing out, not in the microwave. It should also be noted that it is very important to use REAL butter. Margarine, especially the tub kind, can greatly affect the texture. The faster you work shaping it, the easier it is, since it will soften as it warms and make shaping difficult. I rolled mine in more mini-chips and served with regular graham crackers for an office potluck. People are currently fighting over the last bits on the plate. I will definitely make this again.
After making this a second time, something else that might be helpful to others who encountered shaping difficulties occurred to me. Some of the reviewers who had trouble getting the ball to hold its shape mentioned adding extra powdered sugar. Keep in mind that powdered sugar does not act like flour does in a dough. It doesn't help thicken or bind- it actually makes the mixture smoother. When making this, you might want to use a little less powdered sugar to start until you see how the consistency of the mixture is. I add the powdered sugar second to last (chips are last) when mixing this, and add it a little at a time. I hope this helps out those who had trouble getting the ball to form.
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All I can say is YUM! I cannot believe how good this is, like chocolate chip cheesecake. I...