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Seven Amazing Christmas Cheese Balls

Get excited for the holidays with our collection of Christmas cheese balls! We all love to gather around the cheese balls at parties, so why not make it festive?

This collection of seven holiday cheese ball recipes is sure to inspire you. This classic appetizer is such a crowd-pleaser, and we’ve got a recipe for every occasion.

When shaped into a reindeer, a snowman, or even a Santa hat, cheese balls are a surefire hit!

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I’ve said it before, but you know I can easily make a meal out of appetizers! Give me all the dips, the spreads, and the delicious little hors d’oeuvres.

I’m a big fan of cheese balls in every format. I like that they feel traditional, and they are something everyone likes – but it’s so easy to make them fresh and new.

That’s why we’re gathering all our favorite Christmas cheese balls today, so you can refer back to this easy guide. Cheese balls are perfect for making ahead, and they’re easy to transport, too.

Christmas Cheese Balls

They are great when you need to take a cute appetizer to a holiday party, and they make enough to feed a crowd. Did I mention they’re delicious?

You’ll even find a dessert cheese ball in this collection – it’s so much fun to make and serve!

A plate with crackers and a pomegranate Christmas cheese ball.
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Tips

  • Make Ahead – Cheese balls are the appetizer for entertaining because they can be made in advance.
  • Storage – Cover your cheese ball tightly in the fridge. This will help it hold its shape, and also prevent air from drying it out before serving.
  • Learn How to Grate Cheese – Fresh shredded cheese is always better! The pre-shredded bagged cheese is covered in a floury substance to keep it from sticking in the bag. This keeps it from a creamy finish in your recipes.
  • Room Temperature – Like many cheese dishes, these are best at room temperature but can also be served cold right out of the fridge. They are delicious either way, which is why they are the best make-ahead party food!
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A pesto cheese ball topped with cherry tomatoes on a white plate.

Christmas Cheese Ball Recipes

Why buy a boring store bought Christmas cheese ball when it’s so easy to make your own? Not only is it easy, it’s so much more delicious, too!

This Pomegranate Cheeseball recipe is savory with a vibrant taste of sweet and sour pomegranate seeds.

A plate with crackers and a pomegranate Christmas cheese ball.

This bacon ranch reindeer cheeseball is so cute and festive for the holidays! It’s easy to make ahead, and such a crowd pleasing appetizer.

Shaped into a charming reindeer, this Christmas cheese ball will be the hit of your parties this year – a bacon cheese ball has never looked so cute! 

A reindeer Christmas cheese ball on a plate next to a christmas tree.

Make it festive this holiday season with a delicious cranberry cheese ball shaped like Santa’s hat!

This is the cutest way to bring a holiday appetizer to any gathering this season. It’s not only charming, it’s delicious and so much fun to make!

A cranberry cheese ball shaped like a Santa hat, with crackers on a plate.

This pesto cheese ball wreath makes the most festive holiday appetizer. Cream cheese, pesto, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes combine to create a flavor explosion!

Easy to make with just five ingredients, this gorgeous wreath will be the star of your Christmas party.

A plate with a Christmas cheese ball wreath decorated with basil and tomatoes.

Made with cream cheese, seasonings, nuts, bacon and often dried fruit, these delectable little bites are a surefire crowd pleaser! Serve them with pretzel sticks and watch them disappear from your spread of hors d’oeuvres.

Cranberry Christmas cheese ball pops on a white plate.

This adorable Hedgehog Cheese Ball is the ultimate cheese spread with almonds, green onion and bacon! 

It’s great for woodland themed baby showers, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any special event when you simply want to serve up some charm.

A plate with a Christmas cheese ball hedgehog made of almonds and rosemary.

Learn how to make a cheeseball with a charming snowman cheese ball recipe! Get all the best tips and tricks for creating this sweet dessert snowman cheeseball.

A snowman shaped Christmas cheese ball on a plate.

Prevent your screen from going dark

  • Choose your favorite recipe (or two!) from this collection.

  • Use the printable recipe cards in each link for ease.

  • Organize and prep ingredients.

  • Create cheese ball as indicated – don’t forget these are great to make ahead!

  • Make Ahead – Cheese balls are the appetizer for entertaining because they can be made in advance.
  • Storage – Cover your cheese ball tightly in the fridge. This will help it hold its shape, and also prevent air from drying it out before serving.
  • Learn How to Grate Cheese – Fresh shredded cheese is always better! The pre-shredded bagged cheese is covered in a floury substance to keep it from sticking in the bag. This keeps it from a creamy finish in your recipes.
  • Room Temperature – Like many cheese dishes, these are best at room temperature but can also be served cold right out of the fridge. They are delicious either way, which is why they are the best make-ahead party food!

Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.03mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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