Party Cheese Ball

113  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 3 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 3 cups cheese spread, or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Known to frequent holiday open houses, this creamy appetizer with a nutty exterior doesn't stick around long. Which is exactly why you'll want to keep this recipe handy.

Party Cheese Ball Recipe


  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped onions
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped red bell peppers
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  •  dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers


  • Beat  cream cheese and cheddar cheese in medium bowl with mixer until blended.
  • Add  all remaining ingredients except nuts and crackers; mix well.
  • Refrigerate  several hours.
  • Shape  cheese mixture into ball; roll in nuts.
  • Serve  with crackers.

Recipe Tips

VariationPrepare recipe as directed, using Neufchatel cheese and shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese. In addition, coat the cheese ball with chopped fresh parsley instead of the chopped nuts and serve with RITZ Reduced Fat Crackers.

SubstituteSubstitute pimentos for the red bell peppers and/or toasted chopped slivered almonds or finely chopped fresh parsley for the nuts.

Variation 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.


Nutrition Information

Makes 3 cups cheese spread, or 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 220 
    • Total fat 18 g
    • Saturated fat 7 g
    • Cholesterol 30 mg
    • Sodium 260 mg
    • Carbohydrate 12 g
    • Dietary fiber <1 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 1 g
    • Protein 5 g
    • Vitamin A 10 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 8 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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