The best cream cheese ball Fast2eat

Make this effortless cream cheese ball ahead for a deliciousness impressive appetizer. It has a deliciously creamy texture, it’s brimming with rich and cheesy flavour, and who doesn’t love that nutty pecan finish for a contrasting crunch?

The best part about this simple cheese ball recipe with cream cheese is that it looks super impressive. It looks pretty, it tastes incredible, and it’s so easy to make and it only requires a few simple ingredients! You can make it in advance of time–like, a week in advance if you want to (although I may add the nuts closer to when you serve so that they don’t get soft) and it’s perfectly portable. It’s completely low maintenance. Just fix it up, pull it from the fridge when you’re ready, and set it out with a bunch of yummy crackers (or toast) for people to serve themselves.

This easy cheese ball recipe is always a huge hit!

The classic finishing touch to most cheese balls is rolling in chopped nuts.

No matter how you like it, we’ve got you covered with sweet, spicy, savoury and everything in between. Seriously, you won’t believe what you can do with a cream cheese ball*.

Cream Cheese Ball Fast2eat

Cream Cheese Ball Fast2eat

This easy cream cheese ball recipe takes just 10 minutes prep! It’s also easy to prep ahead of time and makes the perfect party appetizer.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Tempo de espera: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 16 people


  • 2 packages Cream cheese - 250g/8-ounce softened
  • Dijon mustard - optional to taste
  • Parsley - dried - optional to taste
  • Green onion - (or chives) chopped fine - optional to taste
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberry - or chopped dried apricot


  • 1 cup Pecan - or walnuts – chopped & toasted


  • Remove Cream cheese from the refrigerator and wait about 2 hour until it is softened.
  • Whip together cream cheese with all the ingredients* except pecans (or walnut) until smooth. I like to use a mixer, or food processor so that the cream cheese balls get a little fluffy.
    But if you don’t have an electric mixer you could also mix this by hand. Let the cream cheese soften well then just use a wooden spoon and stir stir stir…
    Cream Cheese Ball Fast2eat
  • Important: skip the salt or it will be too salty.
  • Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on the counter. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and gather the mixture into one lump. Scrape the cheese mixture into the center in as circle-like of a mound as you can. It will not be a perfect ball at this point. Wrap the edges of the plastic around it to seal and encourage it to form a round ball. Place the tightly wrapped cream cheese in a bowl and freeze for about 30 min, until firm, or refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • Chop the pecans (or walnuts) into small bits, that way they’ll coat better and be better for spreading.
    Cream Cheese Ball Fast2eat
  • Toast the pecans (or walnuts or almonds): Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and spread the pecans onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring once or twice, until they are deeply toasted and fragrant. Watch very carefully toward the end of the baking time to ensure the pecans do not burn. Transfer to a cutting board and chop into small bits. Let cool completely to room temperature.
  • When the ball is firm, remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator. Note: If you skip the chill step you likely won't be able to shape the mixture into a ball.
  • Place the chopped pecans (or walnuts and any other ingredients* you are using on a plate.
  • Unwrap the cheese ball and roll in pecans (or walnuts) until well-coated.
  • The cheese ball won't roll like a true ball. Gently lift and turn it, patting the pecans (or walnuts) all over the outside.
  • Cover the cheese ball in cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Place cheese ball on a platter with crackers (or toast or sliced homemade bread) and serve using a butter knife for spreading.
  • For the best taste, a softer consistency and easy dipping, let stand at room temperature 15 minutes prior to serving.


How many of us are just tempted to grab one of those cheese balls from the deli? Already made and ready to serve. Skip it. This homemade version is way better and you can use your favourite ingredients.
For a wine & cheese event I've made one with cranberry and pecan and another with apricot and walnuts, but you can use any ingredient you may like, use your imagination:
Cream cheese is the key ingredient to a good cheese ball, just add the seasonings you like for extra flavour and a coating option or the cheese ball would be a mess without this.
Seasoning options (dried flakes will last longer than fresh)
Any other Spices you may like, I’d recommend skipping the salt though, there’s already plenty in the ingredients and the crackers you’ll be serving it with.
A cheese ball does not look ultra-glamorous on its own, which to me is a part of its appeal. That said, it certainly doesn’t hurt the appearance (and it absolutely sends the flavour over the top) to roll the cream cheese ball in one of those Coating options.
Coating options (chopped and toasted):
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Sliced almonds
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Hazelnuts
Nut free Coating options:
  • Chopped pretzels
  • Chopped bacon bits (Cook and crumble the bacon strips. Let cool completely)
  • Crushed crackers
  • Dried mixed fruit, chopped
  • Dried cranberry, chopped
  • Dried apricot, chopped
  • Caraway seeds
  • Sesame seeds
Suggestions for serving:
  • Crackers
  • Homemade bread, sliced
  • Baguette slices
  • Pita Bread
  • Toasts
To estimate how long your cheese ball will stay fresh, first notice the expiration date on the ingredients you are using. Assuming you are not using fresh herbs, diced fruit, cream or other perishable ingredients and are using recently purchased ingredients, your cheese ball should last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator! But, if you've used any perishable ingredient, the storage life of your cream cheese ball might be as little as to 48 hours (maybe a couple days depending on the ingredients), and the nuts (if using) might get soft.
Freezing the Cheese Ball makes it super easy to plan ahead for the holidays or other occasion. To prepare them ahead for the freezer, follow the recipe and simply wrap them in plastic wrap then place in freezer safe bag. If you are adding a coating like nuts, add that before serving. A cheese ball stays good in the freezer for about one month.
Make sure Cream Cheese is softened before mixing in the additional ingredients. To quickly (without wait 2 hours) soften cream cheese, place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.

To properly prepare your recipe, you may need to use the conversion tables to accurately convert the weight, volume, length, and temperature of all the necessary ingredients. These Fast2eat conversion tables will allow you to ensure that your recipe turns out perfectly and that all measurements are precise and accurate.

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Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 383IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

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