This classic is perfect for any holiday celebration.

  • PREP: 0 hr(s). 15 min / Total: 3 hr(s). 15 min
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  • Servings: 3 cups or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each

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Make It

  • Beat cream cheese and cheddar in small bowl with mixer until well blended.

  • Add all remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.

  • Shape into ball; roll in nuts.

Kraft Kitchen Tips


    Serve with Ritz Crackers.


    Substitute toasted chopped slivered almonds or finely chopped parsley for the pecans.


    Mix cream cheese mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in nuts until evenly coated. Serve as directed.

Ratings & Reviews



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I found this to be a very good start for a recipe I added a few extra things garlic powder bacon bitsand roasted garlic and pepper seasoningit turned out great



I have made many variations of this depending what I have on hand and have covered it with whole almonds for a pine cone-ish effect. Presents very well and always tastes good.




It was a hit over Christmas



Tasty! I substituted the real onion and red pepper (I didn't have any on hand at the time!) for onion flakes and 1/2 tsp of red peppercorns -- everyone loved it! If you want to make it spicy just make it a full tsp of red peppercorns!


I have been making this for years now. I substitute the onion with green onions and sometimes add some crumbled blue cheese in also for more nip. I have at times added a can of drained shrimp or crab in for a different version as well :)


Soooo yummy!!! I don't really like nuts so I didn't use the pecans or cayenne pepper (since I didn't have any) and it was FANTASTIC! Definitely recommend this recipe.


I originally got this recipe off a Ritz cracker box and have made it ever since. My guests rave about it and ask for the recipe. It is simple but the absolute best cheeseball I have ever had!


Everyone loves this cheeseball when I make it. I use pimento instead of red pepper as this was in the original Kraft recipe from many years ago.


I will definately make this again. It makes so much that I ended up making two balls - one covered with the pecans and another one with old cheddar cheese.


I've made this cheeseball for years, but I add about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of finely chopped black forest ham, or cooked bacon, and approx 1 tblsp of Miracle Whip. It gives a little extra zing to the flavor. Always a holiday favorite in our house.


I've been making this cheese ball for years and it always gets compliments and a request for the recipe. I also make it for my kids and they love it. Nice to see them going for cheese and crackers instead of cookies or junk! (when I make it for the kids I don't bother with the walnuts, and I shape it into a log shape.. they don't care about the nuts, and it makes it easier for them to cut. )


I made this cheese ball for our Christmas Eve party and it was a hit!! I was asked for the recipe by a few people and asked to make it again for our New Years party. I used the tops of green onion instead of regular onion and did not use any cayenne.


This recipe has been made in our family for YEARS!!! It is a MUST HAVE for our Christmas munching!


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Makes 3 cups or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each.

Nutritional Info

Serving Size 2 Tbsp. (30 mL)

Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A8%
Vitamin C2%

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


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