Ocala Cooks | Lisa Dorsey

Lisa Dorsey is a longtime resident of Ocala who loves spending time with friends and family. She is known to always have a delicious dessert on hand when everyone gathers at the home she shares with her husband, Tom. But the full-time teacher at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School and mom to two college-aged children doesn’t always have time to spend cooking. In fact, she says, she is better known for her science skills in the classroom than her chemistry skills in the kitchen. Lisa has the solution for her lifestyle—she perfected several recipes that she can pull together for a quick but always tasty dish. One of the most popular is this one, “which never has any leftovers. This year-round favorite is perfect for birthday parties, cookouts and holiday gatherings.”

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Dip


8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

3/4 cup pecans,  finely chopped

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. 

Mix the sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a separate bowl, then mix those ingredients into the cream cheese and butter. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

Roll the hardened mixture into a ball and roll it in the pecans to coat the outside.

Serve with chocolate graham crackers or chocolate Teddy Grahams.

Ocala Cooks is a place to share recipes and discuss all things food. Join the conversation at fb.com/groups/ocalacooks

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