Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe
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Christmas Cheese Ball Recipe

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"This rich cheese spread is delicious and wonderfully attractive," says Esther Shank of Harrisonville, Virginia.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon diced pimientos
  • 1 tablespoon diced green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Chopped pecans, toasted
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 70 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Shape into two balls; roll in pecans. Cover and chill. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 cheese balls (1-1/2 cups each).
Originally published as Christmas Cheese Ball in Taste of Home December/January 2000, p8

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Fluffyberry 237458
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I have made this so many times its requested every year. I actua)y have the december 2000 issue of the magazine where the recipie was originally printed. Love taste of home!"

martha f 28801
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013 Edited Jan. 7, 2014

"I tried this because of all the positive ratings. It was good, but lacked that pizzaz that gives it a unique flavor and it was just . . . well cheese flavor. I ended up doubling the vegs and adding some celery salt and a tad of garlic. That helped but would have liked a "zip" in it. I didn't know what to add to get that special flavor but will try it again someday."

akoehler79 26189
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Made this last year for Christmas. It was devoured! So good. This was my first ever attempt at a cheese ball and it was so simple. Definitely making again!"

MomsTXTaxi 51039
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"This is the best cheese ball recipe!!! Friends and co-workers ask for this for Christmas!!"

aware 30871
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"The flavors in this cheese ball were subtle. It made the perfect addition to my Christmas appetizer table. I did, however, break the cardinal rule of cream cheese....I made this ahead and froze it. The ball didn't stick together well after being thawed, but it still tasted great."

blpotter 51038
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Delicious! I modified the recipe a little bit by adding more of the veggies than it called for, but I'm glad I did. It added wonderful flavor and texture."

redrose507 27183
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2010

"The best cheese ball recipe ever. I have been making this for years and it is always a big hit."

foxcmom 203393
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"My go to cheese ball recipe. My family requests this every Christmas. It is the best cheese ball I have eaten."

nijoal 74964
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"This was a big hit at a holiday party last week. The only thing I didn't do was roll the ball in pecans. I made two balls, one slightly smaller than the other and shaped them like a snowman."

pricefamily1997 30866
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"I have to make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas no matter which side of the family we visit. My sister now makes it if I am not visiting them for a holiday :)"

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