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Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

This Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect easy to make appetizer or snack for entertaining! It can be served with your favourite crackers or veggies!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Christmas, Holiday, North American, Thanksgiving
Keyword Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 390kcal
Author Chrissie


  • 16 ounces full fat cream cheese (about 500 grams)
  • 1/4 cup full fat sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (we like 1 cup each white and orange cheddar)
  • 1 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (for the outside of the cheese ball)
  • crackers, pretzels, or veggies for serving


  • In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and shredded cheese with a rubber spatula or with a hand mixer (if desired).
  • Add the chopped cranberries, lemon juice, chopped pecans, pepper, salt (to taste), and garlic and onion powders.
  • Stir well to combine and using your spoon or spatula, roll the mixture into a rough ball shape.
  • Place a large piece of plastic wrap on your work surface and add the cheese ball onto the plastic wrap. Using the plastic wrap, roll the cheese ball into a smooth ball shape wrapping it tightly in the plastic.
  • Chill the cheese ball in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Before serving, remove the cheese ball from the plastic wrap and roll it in the 3/4 cup chopped pecans until the cheese ball is covered evenly with the chopped pecans.
  • Serve immediately on a platter with your favourite crackers, pretzels, baguette slices, or veggies.



This cheese ball keeps in the fridge wrapped in plastic wrap for about 1 week or in the freezer for about 1 month (defrost in the fridge before serving).
Be sure to roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans immediately before serving to maintain an ideal texture.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 871IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 1mg