Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe {Classic and easy appetizer}

Simple ingredients, full flavor, easy-to-make appetizer. Serve this crowd-pleaser for your next holiday party with fresh veggies and a variety of crackers.

This is a simple and delicious appetizer that my family has been eating for a few decades now.  We have a cheese ball at every holiday.  

Ingredients for a holiday cheese ball:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Green olives
  • Green onions
  • Garnish with extra cheese or chopped pecans.

See recipe card for quantities.

Using freshly shredded cheese rather than a bag of shredded cheese is my favorite.  It is so so creamy and delicious when it's freshly grated.  I use my food processor with the small grate blade, and it is fast and easy.

How to make a holiday cheese ball

Making a cheese ball is easy.  Simply mix all of your ingredients and shape the cheese mixture into a ball.  It doesn't need to be perfect.

Don't be turned away by the green olives and green onions.  I promise you that even my siblings who DO NOT eat olives or onions devour this flavorful cheese ball.
cheese ball shaped as a carrot on a white platter.
Cheese ball shaped like a carrot on a platter with veggies and crackers

I make this a day ahead of time just for convenience.  But letting it chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours is best.

cheese spread on a cracker and a cheese ball on a tray surrounded by veggies and crackers.
cheese ball shaped as a carrot on a white platter

Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe {Classic and easy appetizer}

By Alexis
This homemade cheese ball is wonderful to serve with crackers and sliced veggies. 


  • 8 oz cream cheese soft at room temperature
  • ​2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • ¼ cup finely sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped green olives
  • optional extra shredded cheese or chopped pecans to roll the ball in for garnish


  1. ​Mix well and form into a ball.
  2. *you can use an electric mixer or mix by hand with a wooden spoon.
  3. Wrap in a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4+ hours.
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