Every year when the holidays are in full swing, I dig through my mom’s recipe box in search of my favorite cheese ball recipe.

I’ve been eating this creamy and crumbly cheese ball for as long as I can remember. It’s funny how certain foods are associated with memories. For some, it may be your grandma’s classic cookies or your mom’s pot roast – but for me, it’s this cheese ball recipe.

The great thing about cheese balls are not only can you eat them, but you can also give them away as a gift to your friends and family.

This is a very simple recipe with minimal ingredients and perfect for gatherings of any kind.

*Before you read any further, I’ll tell you right now this recipe does contain nuts.

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The Best Cheese Ball Recipe – Ingredients

As I said, the ingredients for the best cheese ball is fairly minimal. Also, it is a very simple recipe and takes about 15 minutes to make if you’ve already softened the cream cheese.

This recipe makes 3 small cheese balls or 2 large. However, you can make a double up without any recipe adjustments if you need to make several at one time. They keep very well in the freezer!

Here is a printable list to make your trip to the grocery store a little easier.

Step One

In a large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese until its soft and creamy.

Then, combine all the other ingredients except for the chopped pecans. Mix for 1-2 minutes.

Step Two

Once everything but the chopped pecans is well mixed, begin to portion the mixture out into sizeable balls. I like to set them on parchment paper, but anything will work!

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Step Three

Put the pecans in a closed bag (if they aren’t already) and crush up the pecans to the texture of your liking. You can crush them by using a meat tenderizer, or by throwing the bag on the counter a few times.

You’ll be rolling your cheese balls into this pecan mixture, so if you like more of a finely chopped grain-like texture, then you’ll want to make sure they are crushed really well ( a meat tenderizer or anything heavy would work). My sister and I like more of a thicker nutty flavor, so we don’t crush them up very much.

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Step Four

Roll the cheese ball around in the chopped pecans until the ball is completely covered.

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Step Five

Wrap the cheese balls tightly in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours. The cheese balls stay well in the fridge for about a week, otherwise I would freeze them.

Eat & Enjoy

I hope you love this recipe for the best cheese ball as much as I do!

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