Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Oh yes, another appetizer. Sorry, but I’m also not sorry because this one is too delicious to pass up. Cheese is involved. Lots of cheese. If someone ever told me I could no longer eat cheese, I would punch them right in the face and then I would wear all black for a good month. I would have to enroll in Cheeseaholics Anonymous. It wouldn’t be pretty.

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cheese Balls, where have you been all my life? If you have never made one, they are glorious. The flavor combinations are unlimited.

I kind of went crazy with buying dried cranberries this season. Since my pantry is basically a black hole of doom and despair, I kept thinking I was out of them and of course, I wasn’t (which is pretty much the story of my life when it comes to grocery shopping), so I ended up with 3 huge bags. But it ain’t no thing because it’s totally cranberry season anyway. Cranberries, cream cheese and sharp white cheddar cheese are a brilliant flavor combination. Did I mention there is also toasted pecans?!

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Yield: serves 6

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

This popular cheese ball is a holiday party must! This cheese ball is made with white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, pecans, and rolled in cranberries!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces good quality sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
  • crackers


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans in an even layer. Bake for about 5 minutes and then remove from the oven.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese. Add in the pecans, salt, and the Worcestershire sauce. Continue mixing for another minute or two until everything is well-combined. Remove the mixture from the bowl and form into a ball with your hands. Wrap the formed ball in plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the chilled cheese ball. Using small handfuls at a time, place dried cranberries all over the cheese ball, pushing in lightly to secure them into place. Try to cover as much of the cheese ball as possible (except the bottom). Serve or cover and place back into the fridge until serving. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 2.7gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

Dip only, does not include crackers

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cranberry Pecan and White Cheddar Cheese Ball



  1. Just hand me a cracker and stand back. :) This is such a great sweet and savory appetizer. :) Have a wonderful holiday!! :)

  2. I could eat this for breakfast….and very much wish I was! Great cheese ball :)

  3. Can you believe I have never had a cheese ball? I would love to try some of these. So pretty with the cranberries!

  4. This cheese ball is gorgeous, and so festive!

  5. Haha! I totally agree! I would be in some serious mourning if I had to live this life without cheese. It just wouldn’t be the same. I love cheeseballs and this one looks just to die for!

  6. This is a great recipe and I like the use of Worcestershire sauce. It is definitely something different and great choice.

  7. First time making a cheese ball, it so good i’m afraid he won’t make it to the party I’m taking it to.

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  9. This is gorgeous and sounds so delicious! I”m so glad I found my way to you through Pinterest. You’ve got some great recipes going on over here :)

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  11. This looks LOVELY! Can’t wait to try it! But I do have a question. When you say dried cranberries, do you mean Craisins (which are sweetened), or simply dried cranberries? Thanks!

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  14. I just came across this recipe on Pinterest and want to make for Thanksgiving – any suggestions for a vegetarian-friendly sub for the Worcestershire? Thanks!

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  16. just made this for a holiday meal this weekend. wonderfull…..can not go wrong…… my guest will really be surprize.

  17. just made this cheeseball for a holiday meal this weekend…..wonderfull… my guest will be so surprize … to see a differant cheeseball. thanks

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  20. How far in advance of serving can this be made?

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  22. Wow! Looks amazing! Great photography too! We have a granola company that has a Pecan Almond and Cranberry Zest granola… I bet that could be an interesting twist! Keep up the great work and keep Livin’ every day in an Upfront way!

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  24. I love when you said you would punch someone in the face if they told you, you could not eat cheese ever again! I agree 100%!
    I am totally making this for Christmas this year, it looks so pretty and you cant go wrong with cheese, thanks for sharing :)

  25. Reply to Christine, If you want a similar taste without the anchovies add some thinned tamarind paste along with the soy. Tamarind is what gives Worchesteshire sauce it’s distinctive taste. Miso paste would be another suggestion.

  26. So making this for next party! Think I will chop dried cranberries very fine and make bite size balls on a pick.

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  41. Just made this to have as a Thanksgiving appetizer. I snuck a bite and it is sooo yummy! The only change I made was using packaged honey roasted pecan pieces, which turned out great! I splurged on a very good quality white cheddar and I think that is really necessary to get the full flavor out of this cheeseball. Thank you for the amazing and easy recipe!!

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  43. I made this the other day and really liked it. We had a big family meal and everyone said it looked beautiful, very festive.
    Thanks for a nice recipe!

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  45. Question: My schedule just got turned on its head and I would like to make this delicious appetizer 2 days ahead.  Would that be okay?  I can put the cranberries on it the day of my party, but I’m making 5 other appetizers and I’m trying to find ones that I can do 1-2 days before so that I’m not wiped the day of!  Thank you!!!!

  46. I made this last Christmas. Now everyone wants me to bring it to every party. It’s cute and delicious.

  47. Is there a substitute for the pecans for cheese ball lovers with nut and peanut allergies?

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