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Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party! This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!

I’m always looking for easy appetizer recipes to make for get-togethers. This is one of my favorites, along with pigs in a blanket, easy potato skins, homemade pretzel bites and buffalo chicken dip.

a close up of a cheese ball with crackers

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I had friends over last weekend and debated about making a cream cheese ball. I had so many other things to make, so this was kind of on the “if I get to it” list. Well I’m so glad I got to it because as soon as one of our friends arrived, they said this was their favorite appetizer.

Apparently it’s not a get-together without one! And once I thought about it…it really isn’t (especially during the holidays). I never really loved them as a kid, but there was always one with a veggie tray at every holiday gathering.

This recipe is SO easy to make and only takes 4 ingredients. Can’t beat that. You can also make it the night before and I think it tastes even better the next day once the flavors have had time to marry together. Mmm!

mixing together cream cheese mixture for cheese ball

How do I make a cheese ball?

This is honestly one of the easiest appetizers ever. Just follow the simple steps below.

  1. Mix together ingredients. Mix all ingredients (except pecans) with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill. Place on plastic wrap, cover and form into ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Coat with pecans. Put pecans on a plate. Remove from plastic wrap and roll in pecans until well-coated.
  4. Serve and enjoy! Place on a platter with crackers and serve. Enjoy!

cream cheese ball coated with chopped pecans

How long does it last?

It will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks, although I’m sure it will get eaten up before then since it’s so delicious. :)

Make-ahead tips

This recipe is great because it can be prepped the night beforehand as well! I honestly think it tastes better if made a day ahead because the flavors have time to marry together and taste extra delicious.

To make-ahead:

  1. Use an electric mixer to mix all ingredients together (except pecans) until smooth.
  2. Place mixture on top of saran wrap, cover and form into a ball.
  3. Store in refrigerator over night.
  4. Before serving, roll in chopped pecans until well-coated.
  5. Serve on a platter with crackers!

classic cheese ball on a serving platter with crackers

Additional coatings

If you don’t want to use pecans, you can use any of the coating options below. You could even cut it in half and do two different versions. Or make mini cheese ball bites. Lots of ways to customize for your guests!

Serving options

There are plenty of delicious serving options. Below are some of our favorites!

  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Pita chips
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers

cream cheese ball spread on top of cracker

More easy appetizers:

a close up of a cheese ball with crackers

Cheese Ball

5 from 12 votes
Hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party! This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 16

Ingredients 

  • 16 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup green onions , chopped fine
  • 1 Tablespoon ranch dressing dry mix (like Hidden Valley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill , optional
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped

For serving: Favorite snack crackers or vegetables

    Instructions

    • Mix all ingredients except pecans with an electric mixer until smooth.
    • Place mixture on plastic wrap, cover and form into ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
    • Put pecans on a plate. Remove from plastic wrap and roll in pecans until well-coated.
    • Place on a platter with crackers and serve. Enjoy!

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    Notes

    • If you don’t want to use nuts, you can use chopped bacon or crushed crackers instead (similar to my Chex crusted bacon cheese ball).
    • If you'd like more cheese, you can mix in 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese with the cream cheese.
    • Make-ahead: Follow steps 1 & 2, then let chill in fridge overnight. Before serving, roll in chopped pecans until well-coated. 
    • Storage: Will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks if covered or stored in an airtight container. 

    Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.2mg
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    4 ingredient cheese ball -hands down one of the easiest and yummiest recipes to serve at your next holiday party!Dig right in to this classic cheese ball recipe and enjoy! ;)Dig right in to this classic cheese ball recipe and enjoy! ;)
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