It’s time for a delicious Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball y’all. That’s right, the holidays are upon us and nothing says ‘celebration’ like a whole lotta cheese dressed up with dried cranberries and nuts!
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Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball on wooden serving board

The Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball:

This Cranberry Nut Cheeseball is pretty much what it sounds like, cranberries, cream cheese, white cheddar, nuts, some dried and fresh herbs, all mixed together, formed into a ball and then rolled in more nuts, cranberries and herbs. 

Homemade Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball on serving board set on marble surface

Crackers Aren’t the Only Thing You Can Spread it on! 

Of course crackers are the traditional accompaniment to a holiday cheeseball. But may I suggest something a little sweeter? Like apple slices? Or how about carrot or celery slices or even pretzels?

Cranberry Nut Cheeseball spread on sliced apples

Cranberry Nut Cheeseball garnished with chives

Prefer Your Cheese and Cranberries Warm? Try My Baked Brie!

If you like your appetizer to have more of a warm, cozy, comfort food feel try my Baked Brie, it’s fabulous and has a hint of orange zest!

Baked Brie Appetizer

The Recipe: Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball

What you need: a hand mixer or stand mixer  and  a good knife!

Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

An easy to make holiday appetizer

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appeitzer, appetizer platter, cheese platter, holiday appetizer
Servings: 8 servings
  • 8 ounces good quality cream cheese
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 cup roasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives, sliced thinly
Serve with:
  • apple slices, crackers, salty pretzels, celery or carrot sticks
  1. Prep all ingredients as directed. Use a hand mixer to blend together cream and cheddar cheeses, garlic powder, sea salt, 1/2 a cup of cranberries and nuts, and 1/8th cup of chives until well combined. Toss together the remaining cranberries, nuts and chives and set on a clean surface

  2. Form cheese mixture into a ball and roll into mixed cranberries, nuts and chives, covering the entire ball. Serve immediately or wrap and place in the fridge for later. Note: some people use plastic wrap to mold cheese into a ball. It is helpful but I just hate using plastic, so I choose to get a little messy. It's certainly up to you whether or not to use the plastic method!


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