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Cheese Ball Recipe

This classic cheese ball recipe is made with cream cheese, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. A must have appetizer for the holidays!

cheese ball surrounded by crackers

This is the best cheese ball recipe!

This is my go to recipe for an easy and tasty cheese ball that only uses simple ingredients and comes together in just a few minutes. A classic favorite that is always a hit for the holidays!

A cheese ball is a delicious addition to any holiday party, and a tradition that I grew up with, like many others did.

This delicious appetizer is so flavorful and has that perfect contrast of crunch in the pecans. Fresh green onions, cream cheese, and a few simple spices add just the right amount of flavor for every bite. 

It is so good we made a Pimento Cheese Ball and Pumpkin Cheese Ball version too!

holding a cracker dipped in cheese ball

Ingredients Needed

  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • sharp cheddar cheese: grated fresh
  • green onions
  • chopped pecans
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
ingredients to make a cheese ball

How to make a Cheese Ball

Step 1: First, allow your cream cheese to soften for a few minutes. You will need two blocks of cream cheese.

Step 2: Once softened, beat together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, fresh chopped green onions, salt, and pepper until combined with a hand mixer.

Step 3: Grate 8 oz of sharp cheddar cheese and beat that in. I always recommend that you take the extra few minutes to grate your cheese fresh. It really makes all the difference in flavor.

shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl

Step 4: Cover and chill the filling mixture in the fridge for around an hour or so to firm it up. This will help make it easier to form the cheese ball.

shredded cheddar added to the cheese ball ingredients

If you want to make this ahead, you can leave the batter overnight in the fridge, then just finish rolling and shaping it right before serving.

Step 5: Once you are ready to make the cheese ball, use greased hands and a spatula to form the mixture into a ball shape.

I first shaped the ball roughly with a spatula then sprayed my hands with olive oil spray to finish shaping it and that worked perfectly. Oiling your hands will help keep the cheese from sticking too much to you.

cheese ball on a plate of pecan pieces

Step 6: Next, roll the cheese ball in the pecan pieces until it is coated on all sides. You need about a cup of chopped up pecans.

cheese ball rolled in pecans

Step 7: Just place the chopped pecans in a bowl and roll the cheese ball until it is totally covered in chopped nuts on all sides. Your cheese ball is now ready to serve!

Tips for Success

  • Grate the cheese yourself: Don’t skip grating the cheese yourself! The extra flavor and texture are just right for this recipe. I used sharp cheddar cheese, but medium cheddar would work just as well. 
  • Buy pecan pieces: To save time, buy your pecans in pieces so you don’t have to spend time chopping them up.
  • Use a butter knife to serve this cheese ball
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve: do not leave this out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
cheese ball with a bite taken out of the front

What crackers to serve with this Cheese Ball Recipe

Personally, ritz crackers are my favorite cracker to serve with a cheese ball, but pretty much any cracker is going to be delicious!

  • triscuits
  • pita chips
  • wheat thins
  • pretzel chips
  • other crackers
cheese ball platter with crackers

How to store a Cheese Ball

Leftover cheese ball can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. I doubt they will last that long though. In our house any leftovers are quickly devoured!

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cheese ball with a chunk missing to show the inside

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holding a cracker dipped in cheese ball

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cheese ball surrounded by crackers

Cheese Ball Recipe

Yield: 1 cheese ball
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This classic cheese ball recipe is always a favorite appetizer for the holidays!


  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup fresh green onions, minced or finely diced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup pecan pieces**


  1. Beat together the softened cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, green onions, salt, and pepper until combined
  2. Grate the cheddar cheese block fresh
  3. Beat in the sharp cheddar cheese
  4. Cover and chill the cheese ball mixture for around an hour, until it begins to firm
  5. Use a spatula and greased hands to form the cheese ball shape, then roll it in the pecans until it is coated on all sides
  6. Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!


Start with one cup of pecan pieces for rolling, and add more if necessary.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 - 5 days

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

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sour cream and cream cheese ball with a bite taken out of the top

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Friday 5th of January 2024

Also should we roast the pecan nuts or use as is?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

I use raw pecans for this


Thursday 4th of January 2024

Hi can we use walnuts instead of Pecans?


Sunday 24th of December 2023

My daughter adds lunch meat ham to this cut in small pieces. It is gone in 5 minutes.


Monday 20th of November 2023

Great cheese ball. It's the perfect consistency for spreading on crackers and it tastes great! I make it every Thanksgiving and my family loves it! Thanks for the recipe!!

Joy Shull

Tuesday 21st of November 2023

So glad you enjoyed it, Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday 16th of March 2023

Going to try this for St. Patrick's Day party.

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