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Cranberry-Pecan Holiday Cheese Ball

Cheese balls can be made in advance and people love the variety. This one makes a wonderful holiday gift or hostess gift. To use as a spread, omit the 1 cup of pecans and 1/2 cup cranberries used to coat the ball. —Donna Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) white shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/3 cups chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, divided
  • Assorted crackers


  • Beat cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter and mustard until blended. Fold in 1/3 cup pecans and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. Spread remaining pecans and dried cranberries in an even layer on a 12x12-in. piece of plastic; place cheese mixture on top of cranberry mixture. Bring corners of plastic up over cheese ball and shape into a ball. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Remove from refrigerator 10 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers.

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