Classic Cheese Ball

December 28, 2022

Cream cheese, shredded cheese and spices mixed together, rolled up into a ball and then coated in pecans. This Classic Cheese Ball is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

Cheese balls are great for holiday parties, cocktail parties, picnics, and every other occasion. They are simple to make and can be made well in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

This classic cheese ball only calls for a few simple ingredients, also making it budget friendly. Serve it with crackers or veggies and you will have the perfect appetizer this holiday season.

Equipment:

Ingredients need to make Classic Cheese Ball:

Cream cheese– The base of the cheese ball is made with cream cheese, so make sure you use a good brand such as Philadelphia, although any brand will work, I have found that store brand cream cheese can often have a different texture and doesn’t form as well.

Shredded cheese– They type of cheese you use is up to you. I like using sharp cheddar, but you can use a mild cheddar. Want your cheese ball to have a bit of heat? Use pepperjack cheese.

Worcestershire sauce- Adds a deep flavor to the cheese ball.

Onion powder– Adds an onion flavor to cheese ball.

Garlic powder– Adds a garlic flavor.

Green onions-Add flavor and color.

Chopped pecans– Once the cheese ball has been shaped, you will roll it around in chopped pecans for an outside coating. You can also use chopped pecans, walnuts, or another type of nuts of your choice.

How to make Classic Cheese Ball:

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.

Add in cheddar cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and green onion. Stir together until everything is mixed well. 

Classic Cheeseball

Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball. 

Place pecans on a plate, roll cheese ball around in pecans until it is completely covered with pecans. 

Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Serve cheese ball with crackers or veggies. 

Classic Cheese Ball

Storage:

Making ahead: A cheeseball can be made up to three days in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Storing Leftovers: A cheeseball will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks when fresh ingredients are used. Make sure Cheeseball is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.

More Cream Cheese Appetizers you may like:

Five Cheese Dip (Domino’s Copycat)a combination of Cheddar, Asiago, Parmesan, mozzarella, and cream cheese, oven baked to perfection.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers-are perfect for parties, tailgates, or other gatherings. 

Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe-smooth and Creamy. With just three ingredients you can make your own Fruit Dip for any occasion.

Pimento Cheese DipCreamy, cheesy and tangy. This pimento cheese is a southern classic, that is great as a dip or spread, for lunches, cocktail parties, or tailgating parties.

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Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Cream cheese, shredded cheese and spices mixed together, rolled up into a ball and then coated in pecans. This Classic Cheese Ball is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.

  • Author: Erica Ott
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Chill Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

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2 (8oz) blocks cream cheese, softened

8 ounces shredded cheese

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

3 green onions, finely chopped

½ cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add in cheddar cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and green onion. Stir together until everything is mixed well.
  3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into a ball.
  4. Place pecans on a plate, roll cheese ball around in pecans until it is completely covered with pecans.
  5. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.
  6. Serve cheese ball with crackers or veggies.

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