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Make all 3 flavors of cheese balls or prepare just 1 or 2, adjusting the ingredients accordingly.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005
Servings Yield


Base Recipe

Cheddar and Cranberry

Roquefort and Walnut

Goat Cheese and Scallions


Basic Cheese Ball

Cheddar and Cranberry Cheese Ball

Roquefort and Walnut Cheese Ball

Goat Cheese and Scallions Cheese Ball

Cook's Notes

If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.

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  • MS12477958
    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.

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