Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

We continue onto Week 7 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! Cheese balls are always a party pleaser, weather they make an appearance at a football tailgate or holiday party. Packed with three types of cheeses, tart cranberries and rolled in chopped pecans, this cheese ball is sure to be a hit!

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Yield: 12 servings


8 ounces, Cream Cheese
¼ cup Sour Cream
1 cup Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese
¼ cups Shredded Parmesan Cheese
¼ cups Finely Chopped Onion
½ teaspoons teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 pinch Cayenne Powder
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
⅓ cup Dried Cranberries
½ cup Toasted Pecans, Chopped Coarse


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, onion, garlic powder, cayenne, lemon juice, pepper, and cranberries until well combined.
Shape into one large ball and tightly wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. .
Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans and serve.

Recipe Note: if the mixture is too soft to form into a ball, place into the freezer until slightly firm, about 15 minutes, before shaping. You can also transfer the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball inside the plastic wrap.

Source: adapted from Tasty Kitchen

If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

Week One: Make Ahead Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket 

Week Two: Mini Beef and Cheese Empanadas       

Week Three: Buffalo Chicken Dip                           

Week Four: Loaded Baked Potato Dip                     

Week Five: Pizza Pinwheels                                     

Week Six: Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Chili                 


7 Responses to “Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball”

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    Hotly Spiced — October 13, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    I love cheese balls but I haven’t seen a recipe for one for a very long time! Perfect to have beside you as you watch a game. Think the pecans and cranberries would be so good together with the cheese. Looks delicious but i’m worried about how much of that ball I could eat in one sitting! xx

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    Laura Dembowski — October 13, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    I bet the cranberries are a great contrast to the rich cheese. Looks like another football party hit!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — October 14, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

    I’m gonna make this for my next party!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — October 14, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    i love cheeseball dips!! Esp around the holidays… and with triscuits, of course! i’ve never had one with cranberries though!! dried cranberries + pecans = killer combination. I like the two in cookies but pairing them in a cheeseball sounds much better right now lol!

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    Lethea B — October 14, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

    This looks delicious! Pinning the recipe for an upcoming party=)

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    Medeja — October 16, 2012 @ 12:53 am

    This thing looks fun! I guess the best way to call this thing- sweet ball! 🙂 lovely

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    Stephanie @ The Good Stuff — December 2, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    I’ve made this as an appetizer for Thanksgiving for two years in a row now and I love it! It’s tasty and festive with the nuts and cranberries. It’s also easy to put together. I mix and shape the cheeseball the night before and then quickly toast and chop the nuts and then roll it shortly before serving. Very little hands on time. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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