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cheese ball on plate with crackers surrounding it

Cheese Ball Recipe (Best Classic Appetizer)

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 day
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 264kcal
This is the BEST CHEESE BALL RECIPE for holiday parties. No Christmas or New Year's Eve party is complete without a classic cheese ball served with crackers!
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  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried chives or ¼ cup minced fresh chives
  • ½ cup salted roasted sliced almonds or chopped pecans


  • Mix all ingredients except nuts in a food processor or with a stand mixer until smooth.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and form into a ball.
  • Refrigerate the cheese ball at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Roll in the toasted nuts.
  • Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to 4 months (see note).
  • Enjoy!



Note: To freeze the cheese ball, wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Place in two Ziploc freezer bags and freeze up to 4 months.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 0.2mg