Dried Cranberry Sharp Cheddar Cheese Balls

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


about 4-1/2 dozen

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
These personal-size cheese balls are such a pleasure to pass around at a party. They’re much easier to eat than their full-scale counterparts. —DonnaMarie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
Dried Cranberry Sharp Cheddar Cheese Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 3 cups smoked sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil


  1. Place pecans, cranberries and bacon in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a shallow bowl. For the filling, place remaining ingredients in the same food processor. Pulse until combined.
  2. Shape cheese mixture into 1-in. balls; roll in pecan mixture. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 83 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.