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Make this Christmas Cheese Ball for a delicious and easy to make holiday appetizer. The sweet and savory flavors makes it a family favorite.

Christmas Cheese Ball on a platter with a side of crackers
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Cheese ball recipes is my go-to appetizer recipe anytime we are hosting a party. They can be made with a variety of ingredients and shaped in many different ways. We have even made a Football Cheese Ball and and Christmas Tree Cheese Ball for a fun twist.

I love how easy it to serve with our favorite crackers and how delicious it taste. If you are looking for an easy appetizer to impress your guests, make this cheese ball recipe.

Why This Recipe Works:

As a mom of 8 kids, we always host our Christmas Eve celebration. I love making Christmas Recipes that are loaded with sweet and savory ingredients.

This Christmas Cheese Ball is beautiful served on a Christmas platter or serve with the best crackers on a charcuterie board.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients Christmas Cheese Ball - Cream cheese, cheese, garlic salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Green Onions, Pecans, Cranberries, Green Onion

For the Cheeseball: 

  • Cream Cheese (softened) 
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • Garlic Salt 
  • Worcestershire Sauce 
  • Green Onions (chopped) 

For the Topping: 

  • Chopped Pecans 
  • Dried Cranberries (chopped) 
  • Green Onion (chopped) 

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Variations Ideas:

  • Cheese – This cheese ball can be made with a variety of store bought shredded cheese. Try it with goat cheese, sharp cheddar cheese or white cheddar cheese.
  • Nuts – Change out the pecans to slice almonds or chopped walnuts.
  • Seasoning – Change the seasoning to fresh herbs such as chopped parsley, rosemary or garlic powder. We like to add in black pepper and kosher salt for added flavor.

Step by Step Instructions: 

  • Step 1 – Mix the softened cream cheese with the other cheese ball ingredients. 
Mixing the cream cheese mixture in a bowl with a spoon
  • Step 2 – Place in the fridge and let cool until the cream cheese hardens. 
  • Step 3 – Stir together the topping ingredients.  Pour this mixture on a piece of plastic wrap. Place the hardened cheese mixture on top.
Mixing the topping ingredients in a bowl
  • Step 4 – Roll the cream cheese into the shape of a large ball. Then roll it over the topping ingredients so the pecans, cranberries and green onions cover the entire ball.
  • Step 5 – Serve immediately or place in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • Step 6 – Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!

Recipe Tips:

  • Cream Cheese – Make sure your cream cheese is softened to room temperature, so you can stir it. If needed, soften it in the microwave. You want the texture to be smooth and creamy.
  • Chill – After combining the ingredient, we recommend chilling in the fridge. You want the cream cheese to harden.
Christmas Cheese Ball on a platter with a side of crackers with a serving on a cracker

What to Serve with Cheese Ball:

Serve this cheese ball with Ritz Crackers, Vegetables or Pita Chips. I like to have a variety of crackers and vegetables for a crowd pleasing dip. These are some of our favorites.

  • Wheat Thins
  • Triscuits
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 2 weeks.  

Christmas Cheese Ball on a platter with a side of crackers

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Christmas Cheese Ball

5 from 2 votes
Make this Christmas Cheese Ball for a delicious and easy to make holiday appetizer. The sweet and savory flavors makes it a family favorite.
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 175

Ingredients

For the Cheeseball:

For the Topping:

  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup Dried Cranberries chopped
  • 1 Green Onion chopped

Instructions

  • Make sure your cream cheese is softened so you can stir it. If needed, soften it in the microwave.
  • Mix the softened cream cheese with the other cheese ball ingredients.
  • Place in the fridge and let cool until the cream cheese hardens.
  • Stir together the topping ingredients.  Pour this mixture on a piece of plastic wrap. Place the hardened cheese mixture on top.
  • Roll the cream cheese into the shape of a ball and roll it over the topping ingredients so the pecans, cranberries and green onions cover the entire ball.
  • Serve immediately or place in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers, covered, for up to 2 weeks.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 175kcal, Carbohydrates 5g, Protein 5g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 278mg, Potassium 82mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 458IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 110mg, Iron 0.3mg

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