Easy Cheese Ball and a Recipe Video
Need a quick appetizer for a upcoming party or a special event? Then you need to make this Easy Cheese Ball. Perfect with crackers and meats. This appetizer will be the hit of the party!
Since most of the holidays are over and everyone is still in healthy eating mode, I thought it was the perfect time to share this delicious cheese ball. Haha! Not really, but Memorial Day’s coming up, so I wanted everyone to have this recipe by than.
Cheese Balls are always a hit at our family gatherings. Someone always brings one with some crackers and summer sausage. We would munch on that while hanging out, watching football or waiting for the food to be ready. Honestly I never knew how easy it was to make your own. Plus it tastes better because it has fresh ingredients.
I’ve know made this cheese ball a dozen times and I also came up with this Spicy Cheese Ball. My dad raves about it and it’s the number 1 recipe on my blog for very good reason. This dish is super easy and tastes amazing.
The longest process for this recipe is waiting for the cream cheese to soften. Once the cheese is at room temp, just add everything to a large bowl or a stand mixer (it’s easier this way in my opinion) and mix away. Then place the cream cheese ball into some saran wrap, seal tightly and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Once the cheese has time to harden and set that’s where the nuts come into play. You can use whatever type of nuts you’d like but I always love using almonds. I buy the prepackaged sliced almonds and use those. Turns out amazing every time!
I can’t express enough how delicious this recipe is. If you’re having a party, wine night with the girls or just hanging out at home and want something to snack on, then this is a must make appetizer. It’ll be the hit of your party and everyone will be begging you for the recipe. Enjoy!
Added a how to video and updated photos on May 16, 2017.
Get the Recipe: Easy Cheese Ball
- 2 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix
- 1 tablespoon bacon bits
- 2 tablespoon chives, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup almonds, crushed
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, add the cream cheese and mix until smooth.
- Add the next 6 ingredients to the bowl and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Ladle the cream cheese mixture onto some foil or saran wrap. Fold in the sides of the foil/saran wrap and form into a ball. Once it's in a ball make sure to cover the ball completely.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Using your hands, press the crushed almonds all around the cream cheese ball. Pressing the almonds in so they will stick.
- Serve & Enjoy!
Happy New Year, Cyndi! This cheese ball looks absolutely gorgeous! I can definitely see why it was a hit during the holidays. I love the almonds and creamy texture. Such a perfect appetizer!
I love cheese balls and this one look great. Easy and perfect for entertaining.
Mmm this looks delicious Cyndi, love the almonds in there! Happy New Year!!
Now this is game day food at it’s finest! Yum!
Can you believe I have never made a cheese ball? This one looks great and I will try it out!
Oooh, I love cheeseballs!! They are definitely perfect for entertaining a crowd! I bet the crunchy almonds give this one amazing texture. Yum!!
Cheese balls are appropriate anytime of year! Love the nuts on there, crunch is always a good idea!
I totally dig cheeseballs! This one looks great!
Perfect for the Super Bowl – I have a feeling that your family will be begging you to bring it sooner than Easter!
Healthy new years or not – I can never turn down a cheese ball!! Love this idea – and easy appetizers are definitely my favorite!
Cheeseballs are so easy to make and they work well for any party! I love that you added some ranch dressing mix to this one, definitely giving that a try next time I make one! Hope you had a Happy New Year, Cyndi 🙂
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How much cream cheese ? 4 or 8 ounces ?
Hi Peggy. You use 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese.
Peggy, my apologies but you actually use 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese. Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. Not sure how I missed it, but thank you none the less! Hope you like this cheese ball recipe. It’s always a hit at our parties. 🙂
The recipes says 2 (8oz) cream cheese..its pretty clear on the quantity of each ingredients…just saying…
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Ooooh yum!! These sound amazing! I love the flavor of those smokehouse almonds… and… you really can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon! ?
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This recipe is easy to make and so delicious. I loved that.
This recipe is too easy to make and so delicious. I love that.
It’s fantastic, I had cheese ball before but first time I see this one, the combination of these ingredients make it more tasty. Thanks for sharing.
How long can you keep?
Omg I love cheese and having this with cracker would be great. Thanks
I love to cook and are always looking for new recipes for my menu. Today is my lucky day, Cheese Ball recipe is great, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing
Could I use toasted pecans? Also. , any substitute for chives! Thanks!
Hi, yes you could use toasted pecans. You can just omit the chives or use green onions, cilantro or even parsley. 🙂
Look yummy! One of my favorite Cheese Ball, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you!
Look yummy! One of my favorite Cheese Ball, nice to see your recipe, easy to follow, will cook this for family this weekend. Thanks you.
Your easy cheese ball looks so delicious and healthy. It is the full of energy breakfast for my son. Thank you a lot for your recipes and sharing.
Thank you very much. This easy cheese ball looks awesome. I hope I could try this easy cheese ball. I will try your recipe to make this dish for my family and my friend. I think they will love it. I hope you create more recipes like this. Thanks
Thank you for sharing. It looks so yummy.
After reading your recipe I tried it at home. Its made perfectly and the taste is delicious. Thanks
It’s so simple yet it tastes great!. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick and easy appetizer or snack.
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Everythiung is so nicely described that really helped me lots. I am looking for more of such yummy recipes in future too.
EASY BREEZY. SO GOOD. MAKES A NICE SIZE CHEESE BALL.