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 (0 sugars, 0 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 User ID: 8619248 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 User ID: 1270022 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 User ID: 2893559 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 User ID: 2143672 51039
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

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

aware User ID: 3321631 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 User ID: 5007923 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 User ID: 5002907 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 User ID: 199545 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 User ID: 4609645 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 User ID: 3141261 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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