Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries

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Delicious and easy to make, this cranberry pecan cheese ball recipe is made with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.

Here in the midwest, cheese balls are a popular Thanksgiving or Christmas appetizer. At least that is what I have been told and it seems to be correct with our family! We tend to serve dips and cheese balls for just about every holiday or family gathering!

It is perfect for the holidays and can be served as a party appetizer or snack. The best part about this cranberry pecan cheese ball is that it only takes about 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

It’s perfect because you can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to feast.

What to serve with cranberry cheese ball?

Crackers. This is typically what we like to serve with it. You can choose your favorite crackers, generally, we go with Ritz crackers or Wheat Thins.

Pretzels. Some of our family members enjoy this cranberry cheese ball with pretzels.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

There is just something about cream cheese, cranberries, and pecans mixed together. It is a heavenly flavor that seems to become quite the crowd-pleaser, especially during the holidays!

Let’s just get right into the recipe and make this cream cheese and cranberry appetizer shall we?

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients Needed:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature so it is easy to mix)
  • 1 cup shredded medium sharp cheddar
  • ½ cup chopped dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • a ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • a ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives

How to make the cranberry cheese ball:

  • Start by toasting your pecans and walnuts in the oven on 400 degrees. To do this, put them on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes.
  • Once roasted, take out of the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl add the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, half of the toasted pecans, half of the toasted walnuts, half of the cranberries, chives, garlic powder and onion powder, and mix until combined well.
  • In a separate bowl or plate, add the remaining walnuts, dried cranberries, and pecans.
  • Create a ball from the cheese mixture we just put together. I use gloves because it can become quite sticky.
  • Roll the cheese ball into the cranberry and nut mixture. You want to make sure every inch of the cheese ball is covered.

Once the cheese ball has been covered with cranberries and nuts, I like to transfer it over to a festive plate. I will then layer the crackers around the cheese ball to make it look presentable.

You can also serve it in a serving bowl or on a cheese board.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Additional Ways to Serve This Cranberry Cheese Ball:

Once you have everything mixed together, create tiny little balls and roll each individual ball into the nut mixture.

These will make mini cheese ball bites for guests to enjoy. You can then serve the mini balls on top of crackers or by poking a pretzel through the balls.

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Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Delicious and easy to make, this cranberry pecan cheese ball recipe is made with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz cream cheese (at room temperature so it is easy to mix)
  • 1 c shredded medium sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 c chopped dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/4 c chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives

Instructions
 

  • Start by toasting your pecans and walnuts in the oven on 400 degrees. To do this, put them on a baking tray and bake for about 5 minutes.
  • Once roasted, take them out of the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl add the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, half of the toasted pecans, half of the toasted walnuts, half of the cranberries, chives, garlic powder and onion powder, and mix until combined well.
  • In a separate bowl or plate, add the remaining walnuts, dried cranberries, and pecans.
  • Create a ball from the cheese mixture we just put together. I use gloves because it can become quite sticky.
  • Roll the cheese ball into the cranberry and nut mixture. You want to make sure every inch of the cheese ball is covered.
  • Serve with your favorite crackers!
Keyword appetizer, cranberry

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