Cheese Ball With Pecans Recipe

Celebration cheeseball with pecans

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
276 Calories
26g Fat
4g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 276
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 8g
Calcium 182mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This fast-and-easy cheese ball recipe makes a delicious spread for crackers, veggies, crostini, or whatever else you like. 

Cream cheese and cheddar cheese get a lift from onion and garlic and a crunch from nuts. If you like, you can toast the nuts and let them cool before giving them a rough chop and rolling the cheese ball in them. The flavor will be entirely different from untoasted nuts.

It's a never-fail party or game-day favorite and so versatile because you can change the ingredients and add or subtract exactly what you like. Blue cheese in place of the cheddar, for one, comes to mind!

Don't count out this cheese ball with a glass of wine when you're cuddling with your honey for movie night at home. Skip dinner if you like and focus on the cheese!


  • 18 ounces cream cheese (room-temperature)
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese (sharp, finely grated, room-temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons onion (grated)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (finely minced)
  • 2 to 4 ounces pecans (or peanuts, finely chopped, more or less as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cheeseball with pecans
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  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended.

    Combine cheese
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  3. Refrigerate the cheese mixture until firm and then shape it into a ball.

    Refridgerate cheese ball
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  4. Roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans or peanuts until well coated.

    Roll in chopped pecans
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  5. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 24 hours for best flavor.

    Wrap in plastic
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  6. Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before serving. Remove the plastic wrap and place it in the center of a plate or tray and arrange assorted crackers around it just before serving.

    Remove and serve
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  7. Wrap and refrigerate any leftover cheese ball for up to one week.

Cheese Ball Heyday

The cheese ball is a retro appetizer that goes back to the '70s and one that has never lost its popularity. Probably, in part, because it is one of the easiest party foods to make, especially for a newbie cook, and lends itself to myriad varieties. The rest of the good news? They are best made at least 24 hours in advance so the flavors can marry freeing you up for hosting duties the day of.


  • If nuts are a problem, roll the cheese ball in chopped parsley, cilantro, or bacon bits.
  • Blue cheese, cream cheese, and well-drained pineapple tidbits are a delicious combination.
  • Cream cheese and Boursin cheese is another stellar combination.
  • Go Italian with a combination of cream cheese, finely grated provolone or Asiago and roll it in finely chopped pepperoni.
  • If you're in the mood for a dessert cheese ball, make it with cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla and roll it in mini chocolate chips or finely crushed graham cracker or Oreo cookie crumbs. Serve it with fresh fruit or pieces of pound cake.