Holiday Cheese Ball

Dawn Cordova


I found this recipe in an old cookbook of my mom's when I was 12 years old.I made a few and she took one to work for her Christmas Party. From that year on my mother would come home during the holidays with orders from her co-workers for cheese balls at $5 apiece. I was able to buy all my Christmas gifts from what I made. Nearly 40 years later I still have people calling around Thanksgiving asking if they are going to get their Holiday Cheese Ball this year. I no longer sell them, now they are a gift for the people I love.

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20 Min


No-Cook or Other


2-8 oz pkg
cream cheese, room temperature
2 c
sharp cheddar cheese -shredded
1 Tbsp
finely chopped onions
1 Tbsp
chopped green bell pepper
1 Tbsp
chopped pimento
2 tsp
worcestershire sauce
1 tsp
lemon juice
1/4 tsp
1/8 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 c
chopped pecans or walnuts

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix cream cheese and cheddar cheese in bowl until well blended.
Add remaining ingredients, except for the nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.
Shape into 1 large or 2 small balls and roll in chopped nuts. Serve with crackers.
Variations-Change the shape and make a cheese log or a snowman or Christmas Tree. You can also make about 20 mini balls for individual servings.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cheese Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy