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Cheese Ball Recipes

Cheese balls are a fun, crowd-pleasing appetizer for holiday get-togethers. In sweet or savory flavors, make a cheese ball recipe from this collection to get the party started.

Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls

Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls

Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls

This billiard-inspired appetizer with chipped beef and three kinds of cheese can be served alongside clever breadstick "cues," as well as crackers and vegetable dippers. Make ahead of time to blend the flavors. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sweet Cheese Ball

Sweet Cheese Ball

Sweet Cheese Ball

You’ll need only a few items for this unique cheese ball sent in by Melissa Friend of Oakland, Maryland. Coconut comes through in the cherry-flecked mixture that’s coated in pecans. It looks pretty and tastes delicious served with apple slices, pineapple wedges, berries and other fresh fruit.

Olive Cheese Ball

Olive Cheese Ball

Olive Cheese Ball

If you like olives, you’ll love this special cheese ball from LaVerne Vinzant of Catawba, Wisconsin. “I received the recipe from a friend many years ago and am always asked to make it,” she writes. TIP: “I like to prepare this ahead of time and chill it for at least 3 hours. You can serve it with any snack cracker.”
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Surprise Cheese Ball

Surprise Cheese Ball

Surprise Cheese Ball

Ramen noodles are the secret ingredient in this savory appetizer. “This is great to take to school functions, church fellowships and family holiday gatherings,” says Phyllis Stanley of Avery, Texas. TIP: “If you’re in a hurry, don’t form it into a ball. Simply serve it right away as a spread for crackers,” Phyllis suggests.

Ham Cream Cheese Balls

Ham Cream Cheese Balls

Ham Cream Cheese Balls

It seems like I'm always hosting a shower, birthday or other celebration. This spread is fast to fix.

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimiento-Olive Cheese Log

Pimientos give great color to this soft-textured cheese log. I make it for many occasions throughout the year.

Bavarian Cheese Ball

Bavarian Cheese Ball

Bavarian Cheese Ball

No one will guess this cheese spread features a whole can of sauerkraut! Shredded cheese and chopped dried beef provide a little texture.

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Pineapple lends a fruity tang to this fun and tasty appetizer. Instead of one large cheese ball, you could make two smaller ones...one to serve before a meal and one to take to a party. —Anne Halfhill, Sunbury, Ohio

Chili Cheese Ball

Chili Cheese Ball

Chili Cheese Ball

It wouldn't be Christmas at our house without this zippy, well-seasoned cheese ball-my husband's absolute favorite. The family starts asking about it 2 weeks before the holidays! It's also a big hit at Super Bowl parties.

Sunflower Cheese Ball

Sunflower Cheese Ball

Sunflower Cheese Ball

Having lived in the Sunflower State all my life, I've loved using sunflower kernels in a variety of recipes. Here, those crunchy kernels coat a creamy cheese spread. —Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Festive Cheese Beach Ball

Made to resemble a beach ball, this appetizer always rounds up compliments. It's filled with a variety of cheese, and each cut through the ball gives guests a taste along with garnishes of their choice.—Florence McClelland, Fredonia, New York
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