Classic Cheese Ball

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The Classic Cheese Ball recipe has been around for many generations…and for good reason!  It’s just so yummy!  Perfect for the holidays, especially as guests start to arrive.

They will love this classic cheese ball, and just watch ’em dig in!

A close-up view of a cheese ball that is encased in chopped pecans sitting on a board next to crakers and celery sticks.

How To Make a Classic Cheese Ball


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All of the ingredients of this amazing appetizer come together for a perfectly tantalizing taste sensation.

Be sure to select good quality cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese.

You can really taste the difference when you get top-notch (and you don’t have to break the bank!).

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Classic Cheese Ball has been making folks happy for generations. So let’s whip one up, friend!

Make sure the cream cheese is at room temp, then it all comes together very quickly.

Mixing the ingredients (everything but the pecans) is super easy with a stand mixer, but you could also use a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease!

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Take about a cup of good quality pecans and chop them up so they aren’t too coarse, but still have some pecan chunks.

Then after forming the cheese mixture into a ball, spread the chopped pecans on parchment or wax paper, and roll the ball around until it’s covered in pecans!

Who doesn’t love a good cheese ball? You’ll probably also flip for our Homemade Biscotti with Pistachios and Dried Cherries!

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

This cheese ball is just perfect on a nice cracker.


Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

This cheese ball is also perfect on a stick of celery!

Super yum!

Classic Cheese Ball Recipe

Now, go ahead and make this fantastic Classic Cheese Ball recipe!

Classic Cheese Ball next to celery sticks and crackers

Classic Cheese Ball

This Classic Cheese Ball is the perfect holiday appetizer. This appetizer has been around for years, and for good reason. Make ahead and serve as guests arrive. You and your loved ones will love it!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Appetizer
Keyword: holiday appetizer
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 328kcal


  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese shredded
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, room temp.
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives chopped
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans


  • Place all ingredients, except pecans, in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix together with an electric mixer, or a wooden spoon, until well blended.
  • On waxed paper, shape mixture into a ball.
  • Roll ball in chopped pecans.
  • Refrigerate until serving time.
  • Serve with crackers and veggies.


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The cheese ball can be made 24 hours in advance. Keep completely covered in the fridge until 1 hour before serving. 
Leftovers will keep covered in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


Calories: 328kcal
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  • 5 stars
    Is easy to make and tastes great. Will be making this Cheese Ball during the Holidays. Merry Christmas Everyone.

  • 5 stars
    Great for holidays easy to make
    We have one every year now. I had to create a Christmas dinner a few years back when the wife was getting over hart surgery. This cheese ball was a big hit with the family.

    • Hi Mitch! Woo hoo! We are so so happy you are enjoying our cheese ball recipe! It really is perfect for the holidays! Thanks so much for sharing and we hope you and your loved ones have an extra special Christmas this year! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I love this cheese all! It’s a crowd pleaser for sure, and relatively easy to make. My husband doesn’t like nuts so I sometimes make it into 2 smaller “sister” cheese balls. Thanks for sharing, I come back to the site every time I have an event.

  • 5 stars
    We’re doing quarantine with cocktails here in Philly 🙂 … I did add some fresh chili paste w/ garlic because I wanted to bring a little extra heat. Great recipe will be making again once dinner parties don’t incur fines, lol.

    • Hi Annie! That’s so awesome to hear!! Quarantine cocktails and cheese ball makes everything better!! Thanks so much for letting us know and thanks for the great review!! All the best (and stay safe!)…Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    YAY! This Cheese Ball Recipe was a HIT for Thanksgiving! I will definitely make it for Christmas. Thank you so much!

    • That is so awesome to hear!! And THANK YOU SO MUCH for the great review and for letting us know! (sorry for the delayed response!)…Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • If this cheese ball were made few days before 31st December, would it stay as it is? As I have a party on 31st and had left some cheese ball to use in party, but I don’t know if it’s still good or not.

    • So sorry for the delayed response!! Holidays were crazy for us!! I hope you had success with the cheese ball!! Let us know. And Happy New Year!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

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