Holiday Cheese Ball


Are you ready to drool?  Let me just tell you that this holiday cheese ball recipe is a-may-zing.  I needed a snack to take to church on Sunday night, so I decided that a cheese ball would be perfect. But I wanted it to be different – like sweet and savory at the same time. After brainstorming a bit…and test tasting, I came up with a delicious, colorful, perfect-for-the-holidays cheese ball recipe!

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Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe

  • 2 pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 T. sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup snipped green onions
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

In a large bowl or stand mixer, whip cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream, cheddar cheese and garlic powder and mix.  Add green onions and dried cranberries and mix well.  Be sure to clean off the sides of the bowl as you go, so that everything is well combined.

Place the cheese ball mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Pull the plastic wrap around it to form a nice ball. Put the cheese ball in the freezer for 45 minutes to one hour.  This makes it much easier to handle.

Place chopped pecans on a plate.  Roll cheese ball in chopped pecans.  Then either wrap it up with a new sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate or serve immediately on a platter with crackers.

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I love eating cheese ball with Pecan Nut Thins since they are gluten free!

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This holiday cheese ball was devoured at church. Everyone loved it, so I’m sure it will be a crowd pleaser for you too!  My favorite things about this cheese ball are the fabulous colors and the way that it blends sweet and savory flavors.

Do you make a cheese ball around the holidays?

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  1. Oh, sweet and savory. Nice.

    I do a couple of cheese tortes (fancy way of saying cheese molds – cuz mold really isn’t appetizing, is it?)

    I make a cream cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
    Also, cream cheese and chopped kalamata olives.
    And, lastly – you guessed it – cream cheese…and spanish olives with chives.

    They each seem to be a hit.

  2. I can’t wait to try this one. I’m tired of all the recipes I have but my family loves cheese balls. How could anything fail to be a favorite if there’s dried cranberries involved?!!

  3. I HAD to let you know…! I made your delish cheeseball for my nephew’s wedding reception this past weekend. I actually made three different kinds and this one was the favorite! Everybody loved it and asked for the recipe! I was so proud…gave you the credit of course! Thanks for this post and God bless you and yours. 🙂

  4. My sis made this over Thanksgiving for an appetizer, and I have to tell you, even the most ardent non-cheese ball people LOVED it (and couldn’t stop eating–ha! This recipe is awesome, and most definitely a keeper!

    1. You could try it without the onion and cranberries, but that’s what “makes” this cheese ball! 🙂

  5. We make a cheeseball every year for Thanksgiving similar to yours but hold the sour cream and cranberries…add celery salt, worcestershire sauce and grated onion. Very savory!!

  6. This sounds yummy and will have to try.. also, just a thought.. if there is any left over, you could combine it with chopped/shredded chicken, some celery and have a really good chicken salad!… I sometimes “fancy up” my chicken salad with pecans and dried cranberries anyway…so what the heck!! Happy and healthy holiday season to you and your family Myra!

  7. Myra, I love your website. Thank you for sharing everything that you do. I made the Holiday cheese ball again tonight for family Christmas dinner tomorrow. Made it at Thanksgiving also and it was a huge hit. Many Christmas blessings from my family to yours. 🙂

  8. Can you make this ahead and freeze for a couple of weeks? Just wondering if it changes anything?

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