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Cranberry Nut Cheese Ball

An easy to make holiday appetizer

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appeitzer, appetizer platter, cheese platter, holiday appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
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!