Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball is a large ball of cream cheese mixed with white cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, pecans, and chives for an addicting spread! This will be one of the first appetizers to be devoured, I bet! I also have Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites or a Dill Pickle Cheese Ball you might love.

Whole Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball on a Dark Cutting Board Surrounded by Crackers.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

If you are looking for the perfect appetizer for your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu, this is the one you need! It’s a large cheeseball with cranberries and pecans, a couple of holiday favorites. It’s easy to put together and serve with your favorite crackers or pretzels. I also have a classic cheese ball and Shrimp Cheese Ball recipe you may want to try.

Rolling Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball in the Outside Ingredients After it Has Been Chilled.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Cream Cheese: Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing it with the other ingredients. Goat cheese would also be a delicious substitute for cream cheese.

Cheese: I preferred the cheese ball with white cheddar cheese. However, you could use a different kind of cheese like sharp cheddar or even blue cheese.

Cranberries: Look for dried cranberries (also known as craisins). You will use half to add to the ball of cheese with the other half for rolling the cheese ball.

Pecans: Chop up some pecans or put them in a food processor to get them to a fine chop. You could also place them in a zipped bag and lightly crush them with a rolling pin or a wine bottle. If you don’t want to add nuts, you could leave them out. Or, use different kinds of nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, or cashews.

Chives: The chives give the cheese ball a little bit of an onion flavor. You could also use green onions if that is what you have on hand.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball with Some Removed and Some on a Cracker in Front.

How to Serve Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Once you have the cheese ball assembled, chilled, and rolled into the nut mixture, it’s time to get it served. To serve the cheeseball, set it on a plate with a cheese spreader or knife along with a variety of dipping options. I prefer Ritz crackers, Wheat Thins, and pretzel crisps, but vegetables, pita chips, and toasted baguettes would also be good choices.

Can I Make this into Smaller Portions?

Sure! In fact, you could easily form this cheese ball into individual-sized portions. Then, simply serve each miniature cheese ball with toothpicks or pretzel sticks for easy sharing. And, of course, don’t forget all the dipping options.

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Spread on a Cracker Next to a Wooden Knife.

How to Store Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Store the leftover cheese ball in the refrigerator, covered or loosely wrapped in plastic wrap. It will last up to a week. However, the nuts may not be as crunchy the longer the cheese ball is stored.

Whole Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball on a Dark Cutting Board Surrounded by Crackers.
5 from 25 votes

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball is a large ball of cream cheese mixed with white cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, pecans, and chives for an addicting spread!


  • 2 blocks (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (113 g) white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup (130 g) dried cranberries, roughly chopped, divided
  • 1 cup (109 g) pecans, roughly chopped, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped, divided
  • crackers, for serving


  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, white cheddar cheese, ½ cup of dried cranberries, ½ cup of pecans, and 1 tablespoon of chives.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl, bringing the mixture to the center. This will make about 3 cups.
  • Set out a 10×10-inch piece of plastic wrap.
  • Using greased hands, form the cream cheese mixture into a ball and place onto the sheet of plastic wrap. Bring the edges of the plastic wrap together to seal the cheeseball. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until firm.
  • On a plate, combine the remaining cranberries, pecans, and chives.
  • Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator. After taking off the plastic wrap, roll the cheese ball into the remaining cranberries, pecans, and chives, pressing slightly.
  • Let the cheese ball sit out at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with crackers.


This recipe is 16 servings, or enough to feed 8 adults. You can easily halve this recipe if you want to make less. 

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  1. 5 stars
    So, so good! Made this for our family Thanksgiving Party! I made 2 different flavors and the pecan cranberry was my sister’s new favorite! Definitely want to make it again! We also want to add some jalapeños next time for a little sweet – heat treat!
    We so enjoy your recipes! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours 🌸

    1. So happy to hear it, Susie!! Thrilled they were a hit at your Thanksgiving celebration and I love the idea of jalapeno! Blessings to you. 🙂

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