A traditional celebration favourite, this cranberry pecan cheese ball is decked out in probably the most scrumptious coating of chopped chives, dried cranberries, and pecans. That is a straightforward make-ahead hors d’oeuvre that’s positive to please a crowd! Prep work takes solely about quarter-hour.

cranberry white cheddar cheese ball cut open with crackers on plate.

There are a lot of recipes on the market for appetizer cheese balls, various in flavors and substances, however that is my private favourite model, and I hope you find it irresistible as a lot as I do!

This savory shareable cheese ball is sort of a magnet for snackers. I communicate from expertise; nobody desires to depart the plate! I like to recommend you place it by itself pedestal serving desk, and permit loads of room for folks to flock round it. As a result of flock they may, and fairly quickly you’ll hear requires extra crackers. That’s proper, this magic cheese ball has the ability to show your celebration company into seagulls. LOL.

Right here’s Why Everybody Loves a Cheese Ball

  • Simple, low-maintenance, crowd-pleasing appetizer
  • Scrumptious mixture of flavors & textures
  • Make-ahead recipe; 15-minute prep
  • Easy serving presentation
  • Tastes nice with crackers & veggies
  • Fantastic addition to a charcuterie board or appetizer unfold
white cheddar cheese ball cut open and spread on cracker.

What Goes in a Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball?

  • Cream Cheese: That is the bottom of the cheese ball, so don’t skimp right here—attain for the full-fat, brick-style cream cheese, like we use for cheesecake. Give it a while to melt to room temperature earlier than you begin.
  • Sharp White Cheddar: Purchase the block, not the pre-shredded, cheese and grate it your self for one of the best style and texture.
  • Contemporary Chives & Parsley: Finely chopped recent herbs are the flavour superstars on this cheeseball.
  • Brown Sugar: Only a tiny bit, a bit candy to stability the savory. Not many recipes name for this, however I swear by it as a result of it pairs splendidly with the sharp cheddar and tart cranberries.
  • Garlic Powder, Salt, & Pepper: Mega taste enhancers!
  • Chopped Dried Cranberries: Just a little chewy sweet-tartness to coat the creamy, herby cheeseball.
  • Chopped Pecans: Pecans pair splendidly with cranberries, and so they add a lot nice texture to the coating. If you wish to make a nut-free cheeseball, you need to use chopped pretzels as a substitute—see recipe Notes.
ingredients on counter including cranberries, chives, parsley, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and pecans.

Right here’s The best way to Make It

Begin by beating the room-temperature cream cheese till it’s good and creamy. A stand mixer works finest to beat the cream cheese. You should use a handheld mixer, however be warned that the combination turns into very heavy and thick.

Beat within the remaining substances, saving half of the chives, cranberries, and pecans for the coating.

cream cheese mixture in glass bowl.

Use a silicone spatula to scrape down the perimeters of the bowl and kind the combination right into a ball. You should use your arms to assist kind; it’s solely barely sticky.

ball shaped on plate and shown again wrapped in plastic wrap.

Roll the ball within the coating, after which wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and chill it within the fridge till you’re able to serve it, for at the very least 1 hour and as much as 5 days.

That’s it, you’re carried out.

I take the cheese ball out of the fridge 20 to half-hour earlier than serving, so it softens up a bit.

What to Serve With a Cheese Ball

I like serving this cranberry pecan cheese ball alongside a charcuterie board. However all you really want to go together with it are some crackers or different edible autos that may transport a chew of cheese ball to your mouth.

The consistency is firmer than hummus or a dip similar to spinach & bacon dip or crab dip, so that you need some sturdy dippers to accompany your cheese ball. Listed here are some strategies:

  • Crackers
  • Crudités, like carrots and celery
  • Pita chips
  • Crostini or sliced baguette
  • Pretzel rods
cheese ball coated in pecans, cranberries, and chives on plate with crackers.
How lengthy does this cheese ball maintain?

The cheese ball tastes finest inside 5 days of constructing it, however it may be saved for as much as 10 days. (If it lasts that lengthy!)

How do I make a cheese ball upfront?

You may form the cheese ball and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it, after which roll it within the coating simply earlier than serving. We additionally examined this recipe by rolling within the coating earlier than refrigerating, and it was nice this fashion, too. I discover it simpler to coat it, wrap it, and refrigerate it so it’s able to serve. Refrigerate it, coated or not, for as much as 5 days earlier than serving.

How lengthy can I maintain the cheese ball at room temperature?

The cheese ball is ok stored at room temperature for just a few hours. After about 4 hours, I might refrigerate it.

Can I make this cheese ball with out nuts?

Sure, completely! You may substitute chopped pretzels for the pecans. But when utilizing pretzels, you’ll need to coat the cheese ball proper earlier than you propose to serve it, in order that the pretzel coating doesn’t get too comfortable or soggy.

cranberry pecan cheese ball appetizer on plate with crackers.
cranberry cheese spread on cracker on plate.