This make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball is a festive addition to the holiday season.

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball rolled in chopped pecans and dried cranberries on a silver tray with a spreader and crackers.

Our family is lucky to relax at home on Thanksgiving rather than shuffling from house to house like many do. Our friends and family always arrive in time for kick-off of the first football game. The day is spent munching on appetizers and cheering on our favorite teams while working up an appetite for the big turkey dinner.

This year we are kicking off the day’s festivities in style with these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls.

Filled with our favorite Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, cream cheese, dried cranberries and crunchy pecans, this show-stopping snack is always a hit. But don’t worry, the recipe only has a handful of ingredients and comes together in minutes so it’s easy to pull together.

This recipe for Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls is also freezer-friendly. I’m a huge fan of make-ahead recipes and these Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls are already in my freezer ready to go for the big day. How’s that for planning ahead?

Tip: If you happen to have any leftover cheese ball, you can simply reshape it and serve it again at a later date.

Have a little extra time? Use a cookie scoop to portion the cheese mixture and make these adorable mini cheese balls. Don’t want to fuss with it? Make one large cheese Ball and let people dig in. However you serve them, this recipe for a Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball is sure to be a hit.

Mini Cranberry Cheddar Cheese balls on parchment paper with mini pretzel sticks for garnish.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kerrygold. We only share products with you that we personally use and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Garnish with Lemon possible.

Yield: 12

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls

Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 2 cups shredded Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 2/3 cups chopped dried cranberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans


Place the cream cheese and cheddar cheese in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until mixture is smooth. Stir in 1/3 cup finely chopped dried cranberries.

Scoop mixture onto large piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball. Chill until ready to serve.

Remove cheese ball from plastic wrap and roll in chopped pecans and remaining 1/3 cup of chopped dried cranberries.

Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 193 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 190mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Protein: 6g

The holidays just got delicious with this easy make-ahead Cranberry Cheddar Cheese Ball. Feeling extra festive? Make mini cheese balls and serve with pretzel sticks! #appetizers #cheeseball #partyfood #cheddar #cheddarcheeseball