Easy Cheese Ball

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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.

cheese ball covered in pecans on plate with crackers and knife on the side.

Cheese Balls are the perfect appetizer for parties, especially during the holiday months. Everybody loves a good cheese ball.

This homemade cheese ball recipe is our family’s favorite! It’s easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.

It’s made with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, garlic powder, a dash of hot sauce, and coated in chopped pecans that add the perfect nutty crunch.

It can be made in advance, which makes it perfect for parties. You can have it chilling in the fridge until it is party time!

Everyone will love digging into this delicious cheese ball. It’s creamy, savory, and so good with crackers and vegetables.

cheese ball ingredients in bowls on wood cutting board.


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– make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so it is easy to form into a ball.
  • Cheddar Cheese– I like to use white cheddar cheese, but regular cheddar is fine too. I recommend using freshly grated cheese instead of pre-shredded cheese.
  • Garlic powder– I actually prefer garlic powder over fresh garlic in this recipe. It isn’t too strong and blends in nicely to the cheese.
  • Worcestershire Sauce– just a splash! A little goes a long way.
  • Green onions– green onions aren’t too strong and give the cheese ball a lot of flavor.
  • Hot sauce– just a dash for a little heat.
  • Chopped Pecans– to cover the cheese ball.
cheese ball mixture in bowl with spoon with a plate of crackers on the side.

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. Then, add the garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, green onions, and a little dash of hot sauce. Mix until well combined.
cheese ball being formed in plastic wrap on wood cutting board.
  • 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.
cheese ball covered in chopped pecans on plate.
  • When ready to serve, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and roll in the chopped pecans.
cheese ball covered in pecans on plate with cheese spread on a cracker.


  • Add in extra spices or herbs. Chopped parsley, dill, paprika, everything bagel seasoning, and thyme are all good options.
  • If you don’t like nuts, you can make a plain cheese ball.
  • You can also use a different type of nut. Chopped walnuts, chopped or sliced almonds, or chopped pistachios are all good options.
  • You can cover the cheese ball in chopped pretzels. I love the extra salty coating.
  • If you like bacon, you can roll the cheese ball in chopped cooked bacon.
  • To add a little sweetness, try rolling the cheese ball in dried cranberries.

Serving Suggestions

I like to let the cheese ball sit out on the counter for about 20-30 minutes before enjoying so it is easier to spread. Also, make sure you set out a cheese spreading knife.

Serve the cheese ball with:

  • Crackers
  • Cut up vegetables
  • Pretzels
  • Baguette slices
  • Pita bread

How to Make Ahead and Store

Make Ahead: If you want to make the cheese ball in advance, form it into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container or storage bag. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. When ready to serve, roll it in the chopped pecans.

Storing in Fridge: If you start with fresh ingredients, you can store the cheese ball in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

How to Freeze: I prefer a freshly made cheese ball, BUT you can freeze cheese balls. Wrap it well in plastic wrap (without nuts) and then add a layer of foil. Place the ball in a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 1 month.  Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and roll in pecans before serving.

cheese ball on plate with crackers and cheese knife spreader.

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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.
4.61 from 28 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.


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.

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  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!

  12. This sounds delicious und looks gorgeous!

    But, if I’m beeing completely honest.. after the pandemic years I never really got back into the mood of easily and unconcerned sharing food like a cheese board, dip and crackers or sheetpan nachos with larger groups of people. How do people do this? I’m still too anxious and I don’t know if those dishes ever will make a come back for me. Sad.

  13. 5 stars
    First time making a Chesseball. I didn’t know how easy it was till your recipe. Also, I Veganized it and it tasted GR8!!! Thank you VERY much for sharing this! It is definitely my go-to now!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!