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Basic Cheeseball Recipe

Check out this fun and festive cheeseball recipe. It’s easy to make and can be made ahead of time, reducing party time stress!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 124 kcal


  • 16 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese I prefer “old” cheddar cheese for this
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans walnuts or almonds are also good choices


  1. Use a mixer to whip the cream cheese. Use a wooden spoon to stir in remaining ingredients except nuts.
  2. Form the mixture into a ball. I find it helpful to coat my hands with non-stick cooking spray to help keep it from sticking.
  3. Roll the cheeseball in nuts. If you find that they aren’t sticking well enough, use your hands to gently press them into the ball.
  4. Wrap the cheeseball in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least an hour. Take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before serving. This will allow it to soften a bit (so it’s spreadable) and make it easier to turn into Rudolph!