Holiday Cheese Ball Recipes - Fresh Living

One of our favorite holiday appetizers is the retro inspired cheese-ball.  I grew up enjoying these each Christmas holiday, but the ones we had then were the store bought generic cheese-balls.  When I grew up  and had my own kitchen I wanted to try to make my own and had so much fun trying different flavor combinations.  These cheese-balls are one of the most requested appetizers I make.  In fact, I never get to enjoy it because they are gone before I join my guests!

Today on Fresh Living  I am sharing three of my favorite cheese-balls.  A Smokey Gouda Bacon Mini Cheese Ball, a Cranberry Green Onion Cheese Ball, and a sweet Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Cheese Ball. These are so easy to make and the best thing especially this busy time of season is that they are no-bake, small mess, quick and easy to make.

Each of these recipes begin with cream cheese which you will want at room temperature.  It is helpful to have a stand mixer, but if you don't, you can hand mix these creations with no worries.  Most of the other ingredients can be picked up at your local grocery store pre-shredded and prepared, so again, super easy!

Cranberry Green Onion Cheese Ball

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
2 Cups of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Green Onion
2 Cups Cranraisins
1 Tablespoon Worcester Sauce
3 Cups Chopped Pecans

Add all ingredients to a mixer bowl and mix together until cheeses are blended well.  Use a spatula to semi-form the cheese mixture into a ball.  Use hands to form into a smooth ball.  Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.  Remove from fridge and roll in chopped pecans pressing the nuts into the ball a little to cover the ball in chopped nuts.  Add to a platter and serve with hearty crackers, pita chips, or baguette slices.  Garnish with fresh rosemary springs.

Smokey Bacon Gouda Mini Cheese Balls

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
2 Cups Shredded Gouda Cheese
2 Teaspoons of Italian Seasoning
1/2 Teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
A Dash of Hot Sauce
3 Cups of Chopped Pecans
1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Parsley
1 Cup Cooked and Chopped Bacon
Pretzel Sticks

In a mixer add the cheese, spices, and hot sauce and mix until everything is incorporated.  Place in refrigerator for one hour.  While cheese mixture is chilling, cook and chop bacon, and chop parsley.  Mix pecans, bacon and parsley and set aside.  Remove the mixture and roll into small balls.  Roll in garnishing mixture and set aside.  Stick a pretzel in the center and they are ready to go!  Makes 12-18 Mini Cheese Balls.

Sugar Cookie Sprinkle Cheese Ball

2 8 oz. Packages of Room Temperature Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Softened Butter
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Teaspoons Molassas
2 Cups Sprinkles
Sweet Crackers and Cookies

Mix all ingredients except for the sprinkles in a mixer until smooth.  Refrigerate for an hour or two.  Take out of fridge and roll in sprinkles.  Set on platter surrounded by sweet cookies and crackers.  Hint - Word has it that Santa loves this treat with a cup of cocoa!

I hope you enjoy these family favorites and have a very merry holiday.  You can catch the Fresh Living segment on our Facebook page and by following the link to KUTV Fresh Living


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