Easy Cheese Ball

Easy Cheese Ball-this simple and delicious cheese ball recipe is a favorite Appetizer during the holiday season. It is easy to make and great served with crackers or cut up vegetables.

Best Cheese Ball Recipe

Cheese Ball Recipe

Cheese balls. I don’t know who came up with them, but I am glad they did. I will be honest, when I was little, I was kind of frightened by cheese balls. I wasn’t sure what was in them and wasn’t sure I wanted to try them. I thought they were something only old people ate…ha! But once I tried them, I was hooked for life, even as a youngster. I have been making this Easy Cheese Ball since my high school days and it is my favorite! It is the BEST cheese ball recipe!

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe with pecans

Best Cheese Ball for Parties

It isn’t a holiday party until someone brings out the cheese ball.  This is the perfect food to get the party started!  I love this Cheese Ball recipe because it is so easy! You can whip it up in minutes, which makes it great for the busy holiday season. It is my go to party appetizer when I am short on time. Everyone loves a classic cheese ball and this one is the BEST!

Cheese Ball Recipe with crackers

Cheese Ball Ingredients

The cheese ball ingredients are super simple, but taste so good together, all rolled up in a little ball. For this cheese ball recipe, I  use the following ingredients.

  • cream cheese
  • shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
  • garlic powder
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • green onions
  • a little dash of hot sauce
  • chopped pecans

How to Make a Cheese Ball

To make the cheese ball, make sure you use cream cheese that is softened. If you take it straight from the refrigerator it will be hard to work with. I like to use my stand mixer to beat the softened cream cheese until it is smooth.

Next, add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix until combined. I like to use white sharp cheddar cheese, it is so good! Then, add the garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, green onions, and a little dash of hot sauce. Mix until well combined. Place the cheese mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and form into a ball. Chill the cheese ball for at least one hour.

When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and roll in the chopped pecans. The pecans make the cheese ball pretty to serve and add a nice texture. If you don’t want to use chopped pecans, you can use chopped walnuts, chopped or sliced almonds, chopped pistachios, chopped pretzels, or even chopped bacon.

You can store the cheese ball in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, so you can make this cheese ball in advance, making it a great party appetizer. You can get it done and out of the way before your guests arrive. Serve the cheese ball with crackers, bread, or cut up veggies! This Easy Cheese Ball is always a hit at parties. Make it for Christmas, New Years, or any party! Your friends and family are going to love it.

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Easy Cheese Ball Recipe

Easy Cheese Ball

This easy cheese ball is a party favorite! It only takes minutes to make and is great served with crackers, bread, or veggies.
5 from 4 votes


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • A few dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Crackers, cut up vegetables, or baguette slices, for serving


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until just combined. Add the garlic powder, worcestershire sauce, green onions, and hot sauce. Mix until well combined combined.
  • Spoon cheese mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
  • When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator. Place chopped pecans on a plate. Unwrap cheese ball and gently roll in pecans, coating well. Place on a serving plate and serve with crackers, cut up vegetables, or baguette slices.
  • Note-the cheese ball will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you are going to keep it in the fridge for that long, I would wait to add the pecans until ready to serve so they don’t get soggy.


Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 78mg, Potassium: 44mg, Vitamin A: 210IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. Mmmmm, I’m so glad they came up with cheese balls too! It’s such an easy way to make it SEEM as if you’ve spent all day in the kitchen, right?! Pinned for New Years eve & festivities.

  2. I make a fun Halloween party treat that’s a cheese ball rolled in crushed “nacho cheese” Doritos (they’re more *orange* than regular ones are), with a bell pepper cap and stem and they make such a cute pumpkin which tastes great too. But I usually just cheat and grab a pre-made cheese ball at Smith’s. Now that I’ve seen your recipe here, I really think I must make the ball myself — it looks easy enough that I don’t think I have any excuse!!

  3. Need to know if the cheese ball will hold together using pre-packaged shredded cheddar. Pre-packaged shreds are coated with something to keep them from sticking together in the package. Because of this, other cheese ball recipes require you to grate the cheese yourself. Please answer soon! This looks really good, and if I can get away with using pre-packaged cheddar, that would be GREAT.

    1. I haven’t tried using pre-packaged shreds. I always grate the cheese myself. I would think it would stay together because the cream cheese holds everything together. Let me know if you try it!

    2. I used pre-shredded sharp cheddar and it turned out great! It held together very well.

  4. I love so many of your recipes, but I have to say, your constant repetition of the name of the title recipe in every post, such obvious SEO, is pretty irritating. I’m sure it was a smart tip when your blog was new and you had to work hard to get noticed, but I can’t imagine that it’s still necessary at this point. So for the sake of your readers, maybe it’s time to drop that distracting habit? Just a suggestion!

  5. I truly believe that a good cheese ball is the key to a good party. And this one is absolute perfection, let me tell ya! Quick and easy and totally delicious. Love every bit of this post!

  6. This looks so good! I know most Cheese Balls are covered are nuts (at least all the ones I have seen). Is there an alternative for those who may have to avoid nuts? Thanks!

    1. At Christmas time I sculp the ball into a tree and coat with parsley. I use pieces of pimento, olives and bacon bits to decorate the tree placing assorted crackers around the bottom. Have fun.

  7. I love a classic cheeseball! I never grew up eating them, but I am making up for lost time with them now!

  8. This is recipe is going to appear on our holiday appetizer table this year! Thanks so much and happy holidays! A loyal blog reader in CA

  9. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for our holiday garden club event. It was so easy to make and a huge hit! I’m going to make it again this weekend. I might mix in some cranberries with the pecans. Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. Ingredients are so simple but looks so amazing, want to have it right now. It seems like cheese balls are easy to make. This recipe will always be the hit in party.

  11. I have always used the same recipe as the one my mo used growing up. This recipe looks similar Somali am going to try it this year. The difference is that we always used yellow sharp cheese. This year I bought the extra sharp white cheese as I’m looking forward to trying it.
    I started making cheese balls as a newlywed ten years ago when I brought an appetizer over for my in-law holiday get together. They were an instant hit. Now my cheese ball and crackers are requested every Thanksgiving , Christmas and Easter!