This cranberry pecan cheeseball is made healthy with real, simple ingredients!
This cheeseball recipe conjures up so many memories for me. My sister and I first developed the recipe to bring to a tea party. Everyone loved the flavor, and wanted the recipe. I remember when we were calculating up the measurements (we were just throwing stuff that sounded good into a bowl), we decided on 2/3 cups of cranberries because it was “2 Erica handfulls.” ?
We made this recipe so many times in a 5-year span. It was probably at least once a week. If we needed a quick lunch: cranberry pecan cheeseball. Snack after church? Cheeseball. Something to bring to a gathering? Cheeseball. You get the idea.
After making it so regularly for years, it fell a little out of vogue. But I recently made it again for a gathering, and I remembered why I like it so much. It’s a wonderful blend of sweet, savory, creamy, and fresh.
Let’s dive in a make this…
Ingredients for a Cranberry Pecan Cheeseball
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- cream cheese
- sour cream
- cheddar cheese
- parmesan cheese
- green onion
- garlic powder
- cayenne powder
- lemon juice
- black pepper
- dried cranberries
- soaked pecans
How to Make a Cranberry Pecan Cheeseball
The process of making this cranberry pecan cheeseball is really simple: put everything but the pecans in a large bowl and beat until smooth.
Scoop onto a piece of plastic wrap.
Form into a cheeseball and place in the fridge to harden a bit, for about 30 minutes.
You can also shape it into a cheese log if you prefer.
Once the cheeseball has hardened a bit, roll it in the chopped pecans.
Now it’s ready to eat!
I like to serve this cheeseball with neutral-flavored crackers so you can really taste the cheeseball. But it’s also lovely with herbed crackers!
- I used Colby cheese for these photos because it was the only organic cheese I could find that was yellow. Cheddar will make a much tastier cheeseball.
- I was able to find organic cranberries at my local health food store. You can also get them on Amazon if your store doesn’t carry them.
- If you do opt for organic cranberries, they can be a little large than conventional ones. Just give them a quick chop before adding to the cheeseball!
- This cheeseball tastes best when it isn’t bone cold. Take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.
- This recipe makes one medium-sized cranberry pecan cheeseball. Double if you’re a huge cheeseball fan and want leftovers!
- This could be a gluten-free appetizer if you serve it with GF crackers!
Healthy Cranberry Pecan Cheeseball
This delicious and easy cheese ball recipe uses healthy, real ingredients.
- 1 8- ounce package of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch cayenne powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans chopped coarse
1) Place all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium-low speed until well combines.
2) Scrape the mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Cover with the plastic wrap and shape into a ball or log. Put the cheese ball on a plate and place in the refrigerator to harden, about 30 minutes – 1 hour.
3) Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans and place on a serving plate. Serve with crackers.
Note: This cheeseball is best if allowed to sit for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend. The flavors are best if it is allowed to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving.
Friday 27th of December 2019
Family favorite. ♥️
Sunday 29th of December 2019
It sure has stood the test of time, eh?
Wednesday 13th of November 2019
Can this be made with fresh cranberries?
Wednesday 13th of November 2019
I haven't personally tested it, so I can't say for sure. But I think it could work! You would want to chop the cranberries finely. And I'm sure there would be some bleeding from the cranberries, so your cheeseball might turn pink. ?