The Best Cheeseball

Ok, false alarm. Last time, I said I would see you next year but I couldn’t resist posting a recipe for the best cheeseball you’ll ever eat just in case you need a last minute appetizer for your slammin’ New Year’s Eve party. You know, like my party: husband and four kids eating cheeseballs and playing Hi, Ho Cherrie-O and everyone (including mommy) tucked into bed at 8:30 p.m. Bet you wish you could be here!

I love me a good cheeseball. I would bypass almost anything else on an appetizer spread and go straight for the cheeseball. I also happen to enjoy a large cheeseball to cracker ratio, just in case you wanted to know.

I’ve been perfecting this cheeseball recipe for years. Go ahead, laugh. I know you’ll think it’s silly that I’ve been perfecting a cheeseball recipe of all things, but maybe now you’ll understand how important cheeseballs are in my life.

Packed with cheese (kind of a no-brainer, eh?) and delicious flavors, this cheeseball is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Or you can hide yourself in your closet pantry and eat it all by yourself…although I wouldn’t dream of doing that.

The Best Cheeseball

The Best Cheeseball

Yield: Makes 4 cheeseballs

The Best Cheeseball


  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • ยผ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped for rolling


  1. Place finely chopped pecans in a shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add the cheddar cheese and mix until just combined. Lightly sprinkle all the seasonings and sauces over the cheese mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. With lightly greased hands, portion the cheese mixture into four pieces and roll each section into a round ball. Coat in pecans. The easiest way to do this is to hold the cheeseball in one hand and scoop up the pecans and press them onto the cheeseball with the other, turning the cheeseball as you go and letting the excess pecans fall back into the dish (this also helps the pecans to go a little further). Cover each cheeseball in saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe

76 Responses to The Best Cheeseball

  1. Annie says:

    My family’s favourite cheeseball is identical to this save two minor changes. First, instead of oregano I add very finely chopped green onions. Second, instead of pecans, we roll ours in shredded, sweetened coconut (preferably the coloured kind). I know what you are thinking. Coconut, really? Trust me, it is to die for. If you are fond of the sweet/salty combo then it will be a winner for sure. We make two every Christmas (one for Christmas Eve and one for New year’s Eve) and they disappear before the night is through.

  2. Rachel says:

    When my husband asked me to make a cheeseball for Christmas your site was the first place I came to search for a recipe, and you didn’t let me down! I used this cheese ball recipe with your bacon jalapeรฑo popper topping. I took it to two different places and everyone loved it, especially my husband! I’m sure I will be making it every Christmas from now on ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  3. Maverene says:

    Mel Thank you so much for your reply. I had gone ahead and made the cheese balls hoping I had the right one….and I did! They are gifts and turned out beautifully! I even have have an extra one for our Christmas Eve get together. I have printed out and use so many of your wonderful recipes. Thank you for making my life a little easier. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and many Blessings in the New Year.

  4. Maggie says:

    So, panic moment from my M-I-L when she couldn’t find a cheeseball at the store for our Christmas Eve celebration. So I said, “I’ll make one.” She looked at me incredulously and said, “YOU make cheese balls?” And I said “of course!” And in my mind I said, ‘well, I haven’t made them, but I’m sure Mel has a great recipe, and that’s the same as having a tried-and-true one in my repertoire.” Merry Christmas!

  5. Amy says:

    What kind of hot sauce do you typically use?

  6. Stephanie says:

    I would like to make just one cheese ball so would I quarter the ingredients?

  7. Lisa says:

    I have made this cheese ball for the past two years. It is one of the BEST cheese balls EVER. Every time I get invited to a holiday party, they now are begging me to bring the beloved cheese ball. Thanks for making me a top winner at the holiday feast.

  8. Nikki says:

    I made this last for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. You might want to revamp this recipe to include toasted pecans. Toasting the pecans put this recipe into the sainted box called “Mom’s Recipes” along with peanut butter crisscrosses, buttermilk pie and gumbo. Oh, I forgot, the heading for the recipe in Mom’s recipe box is: “Mel’s Best Cheese Ball”. The way my family saves recipes this could possibly end up on Mars a hundred years from now. Those little green men will love it!

    • Anna says:

      Thanks for this comment. Last night I toasted the last of my pecans just to do something with them, not remembering I’d wanted to make a cheese ball. Good to know things only get better.

  9. Brooke says:

    Can I just make one big cheeseball?

  10. wendi vartabedian says:

    This is almost identical to the recipe I use, and it is delicious!! I am allergic to nuts so I roll it in fresh parsley instead. I also use the food processor and chop fresh garlic instead of using the powder. Its addicting!

  11. Sheila says:

    I just made this and yep, Mel, you are right again. It is the best! My husband can not stay out of it. So happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  12. Carolyn says:

    So I have a party I’m bringing this to tomorrow night and then a party Christmas Eve. Should I freeze the cheese ball that’s for Christmas or do you think it’ll be fine in the fridge for 5 days? Thanks in advance:)

    • Mel says:

      Hi Carolyn, they’ll be fine for 5 days. I’ve kept them in the fridge for up to 10 days before and they work out great (as long as your ingredients are fresh).

  13. Kim says:

    I have never made a cheeseball but I tried this one for company the other night. It was a real crowd pleaser. I took one into work for a holiday party and it was a huge hit there, too.

  14. Amy P says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Next time I will add a bit more cheddar – it tasted a bit too cream-cheesey for me. But the seasonings are perfect. To those worried about the hot sauce – I don’t like spicy food, but this isn’t spicy at all. I used Chohula brand hot sauce.

  15. Linn says:

    Due to a health issue, I’ll be coating the outside with crushed pretzels instead of nuts. This will be perfect for holiday entertaining!

  16. TheBishop says:

    Just made with recipe with one addition. When mixing in the sharp cheddar, I also mixed in 1/2 pound of thinly shaved deli ham, cut into small pieces. It turned out amazing!! A complete hit, with no leftovers and several of my friends asking for the recipe. Thank you Mel!

  17. Swirled and Sprinkled says:

    I just made it for our Super Bowl get together & I’ve had at least a dozen plain Wheat Thins crackers wi it already! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

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  19. Ashley says:

    I made this cheeseball for some friends this weekend and it was amazing! Totally devoured within an hour of putting it out. I only made 1 and the size was perfect! I will be making it again – thanks for the recipe!

  20. Jill says:

    The first time I made this cheeseball, I thought the flavor was really strong and overwhelming. I like a somewhat creamy cheeseball, and the spices were too strong for me. I liked the combination of seasonings, though, so I just double the amount of cream cheese (or cut the spices in half) and it is perfect for me! I have also made it without the hot sauce when I didn’t have any on hand, and it was still yummy!

  21. MDtripmom says:

    My husband, as a teenager, always told his friends about how he would marry a woman who made cheeseballs. They thought he was crazy but lucky for him, I make a killer cheeseball! I’m anxious to try out your recipe to add to my cheeseball repertoire, thanks for sharing, my husband will be very pleased.

  22. Mel says:

    Tina – it is four packages of cream cheese, so 32 ounces total.

  23. Tina says:

    I want to be sure just about amount of the cheese,it is 8 ounce for all 4 packets,or each one is 8 ounce?

  24. Jodi says:

    I made this cheeseball tonight for my husband while he watched the Bowl games. I cut the recipe in half because I didn’t think we would need this much cheeseball. What a mistake! It’s so yummy, I wish I had made the whole thing. We are devouring it. It really is the best cheeseball I have ever tasted. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  26. Nathalie says:

    My friend was in charge of making the cheese ball, while ours didn’t look like that it was very good! I think I had too many appetizers so there was a lot leftover (we only made half the recipe), but I would def. make it again, the ones who did try it kept coming for more!

  27. Carla Kirby says:

    I’m plannng on making 20 or these for Christmas gifts. Some will need to be mailed…
    Do you know if this recipe freezes well? My plan was to freeze and package with dry ice or frozen bags to ship.
    What do you think??? ThAnK yOu!

  28. Natalie Tycksen says:

    Hi Mel-

    This may be a dumb question–hot pepper sauce…like Tabasco?


    • Mel says:

      Natalie – not a dumb question! I use hot sauce like Tapatio but you could probably sub Tabasco (although I’m not sure how the strength compares to the Tapatio so maybe start with half the amount).

  29. Hi! I made this for a family get-together last night and it was a hit! I did what I thought was a mistake at first, but it turned out. I halved the recipe, so 2 cream cheese, 2 cups cheese, but then FORGOT and added full strength spices! It was actually quite good though, and I’m delighted that I have leftovers! Thanks Mel!

    (P.S. My mom told me that she found your site through my blog and tried your cornbread. It’s now a family favorite!!)

    • Mel says:

      Double Dipped Life – glad this cheeseball worked out for you – even at extra strength! That’s nice about your mom – I’m happy she found her way to the best cornbread on the planet.

  30. Julia says:

    Just mixed a couple of these up for New Year’s Eve! I was planning on using my regular recipe with ranch dressing mix in with sharp and cream cheese, but then thought to do a quick search here. Glad to ditch the ranch packet!

    Your site always has good recipes and from what I sampled of this cheeseball, this one is another good one! I have never mixed a cheeseball with a mixer until tonight, so I learned something new, too! Thank you for your site!

  31. Shelly says:

    I am a cheese ball person too! I haven’t made many because of some of the weird things I have seen listed as ingredients. I will definately be making this. And I may or may not be eating it by myself. Thanks!!

  32. Splendid Things says:

    i’m glad to get this recipe! looks yummy and delicious! i just posted on your peanut butter chocolate pie recipe post. happy new year~

  33. The Double Dipped Life says:

    I’ve never made a cheeseball! I’ll have to try this one since it looks divine!

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  35. The American Homemaker says:

    Cheeseballs make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. grace says:

    what a coincidence–i need a good cheeseball recipe! i’m not a fan personally (i’m the schmo who scrapes all the pecans off and just eats those), but even i must admit that this looks tasty!

  37. TaLaisa says:

    Hallelujah I have all those ingredients. It’s snowing here and I’d go get them if I needed, I love cheeseballs and your recipes that much.

    I have your mom’s recipe for caramels cooking away on the stove too. My boys cried when they were gone. It’s the best sit-still-during-church treat I’ve found. And the neighbors who sit by us appreciate it. (the treats themselves and the quieter boys) Thanks!

  38. Patsyk says:

    Fabulous combination of ingredients… and it looks fabulous! Our host this year only wants desserts, so I’ll put this one to the side for a time when I can bring an appy. Yum!

  39. ARLENE says:

    I’m with you on the cheeseballs. I’ve been making the same pineapple cheese ball for too long. I’m bookmarking this one. Looks delish!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Hi Melanie! I’m assuming this recipe can be halved w/o any problems? I don’t think I’ve ever tasted one of these but I am going to make this for NYE.


  41. giz says:

    Great recipe – I use pretty much the same one and make it with velvetta cheese. Yum.

  42. Dani & Jake says:

    Yum Yum Yum!! I can’t wait to try this. I am totally trying it for New Years ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Ashlie says:

    Now wait just a minute. I thought you were taking a break until the new year. I love that you aren’t!!! I know it’s only a few days, but I need you Mel. I come one here way more often than I should and just love the recipes I see:). So, I’m glad you had a good Christmas and am extra glad to see that you’re here blogging when I (for some reason, must have misread or something) thought you were gone for a week or so.:). Hooray! Now-to the kitchen I go.

  44. Melanie says:

    TaLaisa – oooh, a church treat – I never thought of using the caramels for that! Thanks for the tip.

  45. Melanie says:

    Lorie – yes, this recipe can be halved with great results. Good luck!

  46. Amy says:

    This recipe look yummy to try but I am not a fan of spicy foods. Should I omit the hot sauce? Or will it be to bland?

  47. Peregos says:

    Oh my, I skipped the “Makes 4 cheeseballs” detail and having never made one I thought “WOW, 4 packages of cream cheese! No wonder I love cheeseballs.” I laughed out loud when I found “makes 4 cheeseballs.” Looks sooooo yummy! Thank you!!

  48. Peregos says:

    Of course that’s Jenna posting, I didn’t know Ugo switched the google account picture whatever. Funny, funny. I think he has too much time on his hands now.

  49. Whitney R. says:

    I grew up with my mom making this cheese ball- It is the BEST!

  50. Erinn says:

    oh yum! i’m pregnant and have been craving a good cheeseball, looks like this fits the bill!

    thanks so much for sharing all your fabulous recipes, i know it’ll be good if it’s from your blog!

  51. Chelsea says:

    Ok, another print–I think I use 90% of my ink on your recipes! But they’re sooo worth it.

    So far I’ve made: lemon garlic chicken, lemon garlic chicken pasta, creamy wild rice soup, baked ziti, white chicken chili, and stir fry, all of these have been crazy good… on my list for this week is Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls, and Chicken Wraps!

    I just love your recipes, you’re the best.

  52. bakingbarb says:

    Oh my gosh I was just thinking a cheese ball for our New Years Gathering would be awesome and here’s one on your blog. Looks great!

  53. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone made this cheeseball but doing only 1/4 of it? I wonder if the ingredients would be very off? How about omitting the hot sauce? I don’t have any – will it change the flavour?

  54. The Murphy's says:

    Just made these last night. I was wanting to make cheeseballs for New Years Eve parties and your recipe appeared! Perfect timing! I cut the recipe in 1/2 and rolled one ball in toasted pecans and the other in chili powder for a little kick! Thanks for such a great site! Love your recipes. Chicken Chili is a family favorite now!

  55. Jodi says:

    I’ve never made a cheeseball. Just put this together for a party tonight. Sounds delicious! I love your site, thank you.

  56. Melanie says:

    Amy – no the hot sauce definitely doesn’t make it spicy, it just adds really great flavor. You can cut it in half if you are at all worried, but just to ease your mind, my five year old, who is super sensitive to spicy foods gobbles this up.

  57. Melanie says:

    Jenna – you are funny. I kind of thought that might be you since Ugo’s mug doesn’t resemble yours at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – it shouldn’t affect the ingredients to 1/4 the recipe. If you don’t have hot sauce it won’t make it terrible – it might just be lacking a little flavor. Cheeseballs are pretty hard to mess up!

  59. Melanie says:

    Chelsea – how sweet are you! I’m so glad you have liked so many recipes! thanks for letting me know (oh, and sorry about the ink usage…)

  60. Melanie says:

    The Murphy’s – wow, I’ve never thought to roll a cheeseball in chili powder but I bet it is visually stunning and delicious. I hope these were a hit!

  61. Melanie says:

    Jodi R. – thanks! I hope this cheeseball worked out great for your party.

  62. Nicole says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely recipe! I made it for New Year’s Eve and cannot believe I ever spent money on these things! I will be using your recipe from now on. Thanks again!

  63. Melanie says:

    Nicole – glad you liked this recipe! Thanks for letting me know.

  64. Ursala, Patrick and Gabriel says:

    Is this the same recipe your mom uses? If it is I’ve had it and it is YUMMY! I’m going to have to make this!

  65. Melanie says:

    Hey Ursala – this recipe is similar but I’ve tweaked it over the years. My mom would be flattered to know you like her version so much!

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