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Christmas Cheese Ball

"This rich cheese spread is delicious and wonderfully attractive," says Esther Shank of Harrisonville, Virginia.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 cheese balls (1-1/2 cups each)


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients. Shape into two balls; roll in pecans. Cover and chill. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 70 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • tcarver
    Dec 28, 2017

    Although this was a very simple recipe, it did lack flavor. I could only taste cream cheese. I have tried other cheese balls that have a much better flavor.

  • slmacbeth
    Dec 11, 2017

    I agree with Martha, I thought it lacked flavor. It didn't taste bad, but I would rather have a store-bought cheese ball, to be honest. Just didn't taste like much of anything. other than cream cheese.

  • dig1
    Dec 30, 2016

    Good one

  • Fluffyberry
    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
    Dec 31, 2013

    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
    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
    Dec 5, 2011

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

  • debnbrian
    Sep 10, 2011

    No comment left

  • aware
    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
    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.