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Delicious Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

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When it comes to a classic appetizer cheese balls certainly come to mind and this Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball is a delightful fall version.

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A cheeseball on a white plate with a few crackers.

What do I need to make a Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball?

This is my go-to fall and holiday appetizer so I usually always have the ingredients on hand. If you cook a lot, you probably do too.

This easy appetizer comes together in just a few minutes and is ready to serve in about an hour. You can even make it ahead of time an refrigerate overnight, covered, of course.

Ingredients for Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball in a silver mixing bowl.

Pro Tips

When making this cranberry pecan cheese ball recipe do not use packaged pre shredded cheese. You may be wondering why. Well, it’s because it’s processed with an anti-caking agent that hinders melting.

Get a block of cheddar cheese and shred it yourself with a cheese grater. You’ll be glad you did.

Chop the dried cranberries for better distribution throughout the cheese ball.

If you prefer walnuts use them instead of pecans. Then you have a cranberry walnut cheese ball.

Let the cheese ball sit for an hour or better to allow the flavors to meld.

Side view of a cheese ball on a white plate.

What can I serve with a cheese ball appetizer?

I like to serve a variety of crackers whether they are club crackers or Ritz crackers. Fancy crackers such as water crackers are also a great choice.

Sometimes I like to serve fresh vegetables such as celery, carrots, or sliced cucumbers.

If serving wine with this cranberry pecan cheese ball go with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. 

Good mixed drink options would include a cranberry orange bourbon cocktail or a Paloma cocktail.

A cheese ball on a white plate with a few crackers.

Cranberry Pecan Cheeseball

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This cheese ball is perfect for all your entertaining needs.


  • 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, divided


  1. On a small plate, combine ¼ cup of the dried cranberries and ¼ cup of the pecans. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixker combine the softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese until combined.
  3. Add in the remaining dried creamberries adn pecans and mix until evenly distributed.
  4. Once everything is incorporated for the mixture into a ball and roll in the reserved cranberry pecan mixture.
  5. Serve on a plate or platter with crackers.

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Sunday 2nd of October 2022

I'm saving this for Christmas Eve! It sounds so easy and tasty!


Sunday 11th of September 2022

Ellen, I honestly can't wait for the holidays to make this!! In fact, I'm probably going to make one for our Sunday dinner appetizer :) Love the recipe!

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