Classic Cheese Ball on a plate with crackers

Classic Cheese Ball

This recipe for the Classic Cheese Ball is the perfect appetizer. Served with crackers or raw veggies it's a dish everyone loves. 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic Cheese Ball
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 143 kcal
Author Jennie Duncan


  • 16 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onion (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix (dry)
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)


  1. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese, green onions, and dry ranch mix. I used the good old fashion method and mixed it with clean hands, but you can also use a mixer with a paddle attachment.

  2. Once mixed shape your cheese ball into a ball.

  3. On a plate add chopped pecans. Roll cheese ball onto crushed pecans.

  4. Cover cheese ball and place in the fridge to chill. Serve with crackers or raw veggies and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

What do you eat with a cheese ball?

I serve my cheese ball with crackers or raw veggies. Your favorite Ritz or Triscuit would be great. I love to put it on celery, peppers, and carrot sticks as well!

How long does a Cheese Ball last?

This cheese ball would be good in the fridge in a container or covered for 7-10 days. 

Can you freeze a cheese ball?

Yes, you can freeze a cheeseball. In order to freeze a cheese ball follow these steps. A frozen cheese ball should last about a month.

Step 1:

Form your cheese ball as according to the directions, but stop at step three. Do not roll the cheeseball in nuts, chives, or anything else! 

Step 2: 

Wrap your cheese ball in plastic wrap, tightly. Place in a freezer zip-lock bag.

Step 3:

To unthaw, pull out of the freezer and place back in the refrigerator for roughly 6-8 hours before serving. Once thawed roll in nuts!

Nutrition Facts
Classic Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 205mg9%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 467IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.