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Easy cheese ball on a plate with crackers
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Cheese Ball

I love cheese and crackers, and this easy cheese ball is one of my favorite things to eat with crackers. It is so simple to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, crackers, Holidays
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Grater
  • Plastic wrap
  • Gloves, (optional)


  • 8 oz softened cream cheese 226g
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese mild, medium, or sharp (83g)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack or pepper jack cheese 83g
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion 26g (optional)
  • 1 tbsp unsalted or salted butter 14g (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1g
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 2g
  • Other optional spices include paprika seasoning salt, ranch powder
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans almond slices, pistachios, or a combination of them all. (125g)
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits 55g (optional)


  • Put the cheeses, chopped green onion, black pepper, and garlic powder and, any other spices in a food processor, or use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Blend until well combined.
  • Once blended scoop it out onto a counter and shape it into a ball with clean hands or wear gloves. Then wrap it with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • When you are ready to serve it, remove it and roll the cheese ball in nuts, bacon bits, more chopped green onion, etc. Then enjoy with your favorite crackers! Super easy right?



Note: The calorie amount will be decreased the more servings you have. 
Tip: You can switch out the cheddar and jack cheese with other cheeses like gouda, blue cheese, Manchego, etc. 
List of nutritional facts for an easy cheese ball