Sweet Cheese Ball Recipe
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Sweet Cheese Ball Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • Assorted fresh fruit

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 73 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the coconut and cherries. Shape into a ball; roll in pecans. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with fruit. Yield: 1 cheese ball (3-1/2 cups).
Originally published as Sweet Cheese Ball in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p21

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ardy bare User ID: 4495741 241207
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"best new recipe of the holiday season! everyone loved it. I added dried cranberries instead of cherries and coconut instead of nuts"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 144051
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This was OK but not great. I served it with pineapple slices and star fruit."

alinahills User ID: 6038462 96182
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"It is pleasure a going through your post. I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff from your side."

anahills User ID: 6022768 64187
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"It is pleasure a going through your post. I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff from your side."

roxanne23 User ID: 4329744 149317
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"I love it , its so good i use fresh cherries instead of maraschino cherries , theres never any left after aparty !!!!!"

BarbChris User ID: 4527198 149315
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"although I did not put in the coconut, I added vanilla and the cherries and instead of nuts used mini chocolate chips, my neices and nephews plus the adults loved this recipe!!! Thank you!"

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