Easy Cheese Ball Recipe

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Easy Cheese Ball Recipe: a classic cheeseball recipe. Filled with flavor and rolled in crunchy pecans.  It’s a great appetizer for holiday parties!

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

This time of the year is filled with holiday school events, dinners with family and friends, holiday parties and more!  As with most events, food tends to be the central focus, it’s something that brings us all together.  When hosting get togethers I try to keep things as simple as possible and making quick and delicious recipes that can feed a small crowd helps save time and keeps your guests happy while waiting for the main meal. This easy cheese ball recipe is a simple appetizer idea that can be prepared the night before your event and is great finger-food recipe to enjoy together. 

Crackers to serve with Cheese Ball

Tips for Making the Best Cheese Ball Recipe

  • Prepare ahead of time: this recipe can be made up to a week in advance.  However; don’t roll your cheese ball in the nuts until a few hours before serving so they don’t get too soft.  Being able to prepare this recipe a few days before your event helps keep the day of your party stress free with one less thing to make. 
  • Use Fresh Grated Cheese: it’s the little things that make the difference.  While you can certainly use pre-shredded cheese, I much prefer freshly grated cheese.  The flavor is unbeatable. 
  • Make it nut free:  not a big fan of nuts or have an allergy in the family.  You can easily swap out the nuts and eat as is or roll in crumbled cooked bacon. You can even roll it in some dried cranberries for a sweet touch if that’s what you like. 

Serving of cheese ball

What do I Serve with a Cheese Ball?

We keep things simple and use a variety of our favorite crackers but some other great options are:

  • pita bread
  • pretzels
  • vegetables
  • toasted baguettes

Easy Cheese Ball Recipe

Author Katie
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Easy Cheese Ball Recipe: a delicious and simple classic cheeseball recipe. It's filled with flavor and rolled in crunchy pecans.  It's a great appetizer for food for holiday parties, Super bowl, and just because!
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings


  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces sharp shredded cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • dash of salt & pepper
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped


  • Place cream cheese in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth. Add sour cream, cheese, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, parsley, garlic powder, oregano and pepper and mix until well combined.
  • Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and gather the mixture into one lump. Lightly grease your hands and form the mixture into a round ball. 
  • Place the chopped pecans in a large bowl. Hold the cheese ball in one hand and use the other hand to scoop the pecans onto the outside of the ball, pressing them in gently and turning the ball to coat all sides. **
  • Cover the cheeseball in cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.


** If preparing ahead of time wait to roll in chopped nuts until an 1-2 hours before serving. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Whipped this up for company and it was a huge hit over the weekend. Can’t wait to make it again.

  2. 5 stars
    Cheese balls are my favorite! This is so good and a perfect appetizer for any occasion. I love the pecans on the outside, such a great crunch.

  3. 5 stars
    Cheese balls are THE BEST to serve holiday or party snacking! Loved the tip about using freshly grated cheese! Going to give that a try!

  4. 5 stars
    You can’t go wrong with having a cheese ball at any gathering! They are so tasty & gone in minutes & super easy to make!

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