Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe: An Incredible Thanksgiving Appetizer by 30Seconds Food

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe: An Incredible Thanksgiving Appetizer

We tend to concentrate on the turkey on Thanksgiving, but what about some fabulous appetizers to whet the appetite? How about a cranberry pecan cheese ball? This easy appetizer recipe covers all the bases: creamy, tart, sweet and crunchy.

To make this creamy, gluten-free cheese ball, you need just a few simple ingredients. Here is your short vegetarian shopping list: cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, pecans, garlic powder and fresh chives. This low-sodium cheese ball looks so festive and fun, and tastes just as good as it looks.

Serve this addictive pecan and cranberry cheese ball recipe with crackers or pretzels and get ready for the recipe requests.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 12


  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (white or yellow)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped (divided)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)

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Recipe Notes

  • If you don't have fresh chives, finely chop the tops of green onions.
  • Try this recipe with your favorite cheese.
  • Instead of pecans, use almonds or walnuts.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, half the pecans, half the cranberries and garlic powder. Shape the mixture into a ball and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve, roll the cheese ball in the remaining pecans and cranberries. Garnish with chives. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 127

Total Fat: 11.6g

Saturated Fat: 6.3g

Cholesterol: 31mg

Sodium: 114mg

Total Carbohydrate: 1.9g

Dietary Fiber: 0.6g

Total Sugars: 0.5g

Protein: 4.1g

Vitamin D: 1mcg

Calcium: 86mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 59mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Wow, this looks absolutely perfect. So festive and delish!
Yummy combination of flavors...

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