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Cheese Balls Three Ways

Make all three flavored cheese balls or prepare just one or two, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: Makes three 4-inch cheeseballs
Cheese Balls Three Ways

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005


Base Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

Cheddar and Cranberry:

  • 8 ounces sharp orange cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought chutney
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • Water crackers, for serving

Roquefort and Walnut:

  • 6 ounces Roquefort cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Vegetable chips (such as Terra Chips Sweets & Beets), for serving

Goat Cheese and Scallions:

  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup fresh curly-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices, for serving


  1. Put butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.

  2. Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll cheese ball in cranberries to coat before serving. Serve with crackers.

  3. Stir blue cheese and shallot with base mixture in second bowl; add brandy, if desired. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days; freeze up to 1 month. Roll in walnuts to coat before serving. Serve with chips.

  4. Stir goat cheese and scallions with base mixture in remaining bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll in parsley to coat before serving. Serve with cucumber slices.

Reviews (26)

  • trenafuller 24 Oct, 2014

    I have made this recipe several times for various events - holidays, parties, book clubs, etc. - and they always get rave reviews. There's something for everyone in the flavor combos and it looks very impressive on a platter. Thank you Martha!

  • attabey 23 Dec, 2012

    I made all three and they were fantastic! The only changes I made was skipping the butter and using reduced fat cheeses. My guests had no idea and still raved about them! The trick is to let the cheeses soften before mixing and they will blend beautifully. Wrap them in plastic wrap and let chill overnight to harden, then form into balls in the plastic and roll in the topping right before serving. I couldn't find beet chips so used sweet potato instead. Delicious and festive!

  • AivyNguyen 29 Dec, 2010

    The cheddar and cranberry cheese ball came out fantastically and was a hit this holiday! I'm making it again for NYE. Very easy to make as well!

  • RikaJ 10 Dec, 2010

    I made all of these as instructed and they came out great. I didn't have a problem with them melting at all. The chutney cheddar one was fantastic -- I used an onion apple chutney and it was perfect with the cheddar and cranberries.

  • swisskris1 27 Nov, 2010

    I made all three of these . I divided each cheese ball recipe into thirds, (making 9 total) ,which meant that I used one set for a party the next day and froze the next six. They all have a great taste and I love the variety of things to spread the different cheese mixtures on. However, the only one that actually stayed in a ball was the cheddar-chutney-cranberry ball. The goat cheese one tasted great, but was incredibly soft and more or less melted, the roquefort one turned into soup!

  • ELinteria 26 Nov, 2010

    I made these and they were really easy and perfect. They were large, as noted below the size of a grapefruit, not 4 inches as noted in the recipe. I would try and not use the butter and the cranberry needed a little extra something but not sure what. Hint?

  • JRSimma 26 Nov, 2010

    Great recipe, makes 3 "softball" sized cheeseballs. Easy to make and a hit with the party!

  • Nandra 26 Dec, 2009

    I made these for a Christmas party. Next time I would skip adding the butter-
    a bit more spices were needed - but quite yummy

  • maryjanesheirlooms 23 Nov, 2009

    This has become a family tradition for Thanksgiving appetizers in my family. I have made it for the past 3 years now and everyone looks forward to it. A real crowd pleaser--thanks!

  • tonyadusold 23 Feb, 2009

    Highly recommend the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Mine was a little soft, so next time I'll either add a little more butter or give myself more time to refrigerate it. It went over really well even as more of a dip, rather than a ball.

  • allenj 6 Jan, 2009

    I made these for a xmas party, and guests loved them. The three balls provide a nice variety of colors, textures, and flavors. They turned out much larger than I expected - each about the size of a grapefruit (cranberry cheddar was larger than the other two). Festive and yummy.

  • cegerney 25 Dec, 2008

    These were served last night and now here I am for the recipe! Absolutely delicious and they were VERY pretty!

  • slychd 23 Dec, 2008

    All three were great! They were a big hit at my Christmas cocktail party. My favorite is the Cheddar cranberry cheeseball.

  • tonyadusold 17 Dec, 2008

    I can't wait to try the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Yum!

  • tonyadusold 17 Dec, 2008

    I can't wait to try the goat cheese ball with cucumber. Yum!

  • Tonizetta 12 Dec, 2008

    I've made these several times since the recipe was first published and they were always a hit! Yes, they do feed a lot of people. I froze what I didn't use and then thawed it and ate it a couple of weeks later. Still delicious!

  • prod_test65 9 Dec, 2008

    this is a cheesy idea.

  • kayla73 26 Nov, 2008

    Love this! Very easy to make them and they all were really good!

  • SunshineAndriano 22 Nov, 2008

    I made this for a party and it was a huge hit. Not difficult, but does require a lot of dishes to make. Everyone had a favorite cheese ball. . .I highly recommend this for holiday parties. I would also say it would feed more than 8-10. We had 8 people and I had over 1/2 of each ball left.

  • skyrudich 3 Feb, 2008

    Made only the goat cheese ball and it was a huge hit! Yummy! My brother asked why I had cucumbers with it instead of crackers and I told him to just try it. His face said it all...

  • mmsrjs 28 Jan, 2008

    I made the cheese balls 'bite size' and everyone liked them. just pop one into mouith and chew.

  • blroll 2 Jan, 2008

    I've been making a super-simple version of this (that can be made lower fat) for years. Just mix two packages low-fat cream cheese or neufchatel with chopped green peppers, chopped pimento, garlic, and a little salt. Roll in chopped walnuts and you're done. My vegetarian daughter loves it!

  • mamina51 27 Dec, 2007

    very tasty and easy

  • mamina51 27 Dec, 2007

    it is very tasty and easy everybody liked it

  • ChicagoKate 26 Dec, 2007

    I made this for my family's Christmas party and it was a huge hit! They especially liked the cheddar cranberry one.

  • DLomuscio 25 Nov, 2007

    excellent idea

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