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Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe

In this post I’ll be sharing a savory delicious Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe.

Cheese balls are a classic appetizer that are so easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time and chilled until needed.

Just pull your holiday cheese ball out of the refrigerator about 45 minutes before serving so it softens up a bit. Allowing the cheese ball to come to room temperature makes spreading it on crackers or toast points easier.

Cheese balls also don’t have to be a “ball” at all. They can be shaped however you please as long as you are still able to put the final coating ingredients on it.

My personal preference is to shape them into logs. I find that the cheese log ensures that everyone gets just enough of everything that composes this tasty appetizer.

Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe

Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe with cranberry and pecans

The best cheese ball recipe is the one that you make with the ingredients that you have on hand. 

They can be savory or sweet, depending on how and what it is served with.

My Christmas cheese ball recipe takes just a few simple ingredients and is perfect for festive family meals or smaller holiday gatherings.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Log Appetizer

spreading holiday cheese ball appetizer on a cracker

To make this classic Christmas cheese ball recipe you’ll need cream cheese (the main ingredient in all cheese balls), some freshly grated cheese, garlic, onion, Worcestershire sauce, pecans and dried cranberries.

Just serve it with crackers, toasted bread pieces, veggie sticks or chips.

I like to add more holiday flair by garnishing the cheese ball serving tray with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and fresh ruby red cranberries.

Luckily I can snip the rosemary right out of my herb garden. The smell of fresh rosemary always makes me think of Christmas. 

If you don’t have fresh cranberries and rosemary, it is no big deal, just serve it without it. 

Holiday Cheese Ball

How to make a classic cheese log appetizer

Preparing the easy holiday cheese ball takes just a couple of minutes. All of the filling ingredients are combined together in a mixing bowl.

I use an electric hand mixer to make cheese balls but you could just as easily hand mix.

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Shape the Christmas Cheese Ball into a log or round ball

Use parchment paper or plastic wrap makes shaping your cheese ball appetizer easier and a lot less messy for your hands.

I simply roll the cream cheese mixture to form the log and then check the shape and make any adjustments.

Christmas Cheese Log

Chopped pecans and dried cranberries

Continuing on with the “less messy hands” method, I spread the topping for my cheese ball onto parchment paper. 

For this recipe, the topping is chopped pecans and dried cranberries. 

Rolling a cheese ball to coat in dried cranberries and pecans

Then give the cheese log, or ball, a roll around in the topping while gently pressing it in to adhere.

Wrap the cheese ball and refrigerate until needed. This recipe is on a smaller scale and will serve up to eight people.

I consider cream cheese to be a refrigerator pantry staple. It is just a fantastic ingredient that can be used to whip up and be used in a variety of recipes from appetizers to casseroles and sauces.

Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe

Tips for making cheese balls:

Make sure that the cream cheese is softened by either leaving out to come to room temperature or soften in the microwave.

Use freshly grated cheese for best flavor in recipes.

Yield: 1 Cheese Ball Appetizer

Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe

Christmas Cheese Log with crackers

Savory and festive holiday cheese ball recipe with dried cranberries and pecans is perfect for family holiday meals or small Christmas gatherings.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons Grated Onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce


  • 1/2 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries, chopped


  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the pecans and cranberries, in a mixing bowl then shape.
  2. Coat with chopped pecans and dried cranberries.
  3. Serve immediately with crackers, chips or toasted bread points. The cheese ball may be refrigerated if made ahead, just allow to come to room temperature (about 45 minutes) before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 288mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 9g
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Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,514. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

This looks so delish! I love cheese balls.

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