Nutty Cheese Ball

Friday, November 8, 2019
I have been making this vintage Nutty Cheese Ball recipe since the early 1970s.

Whenever I was asked to bring something for a New Year's Eve party, this was the first appetizer I thought about bringing.

Actually, as time went on everyone asked me to bring this, no lie it's addicting.

The cheese spreads great on anything and you can't stop eating it.

I always make two one with roasted pumpkin seeds for those who have allergies and one with my favorite, chopped pistachios on it.

You can roll the cheese ball in any nuts you like and this will be the best appetizer throughout any party, gathering or holiday.

We are huge cheese lovers but who isn't? We love mozzarella fried, blended in broccoli casseroles and even melted on pizza!

Easy to make, comes together quickly and you can serve them with the several suggestions I have below.

Scroll down to the recipe card to print off this recipe and make it for your next big get together!

this is a cheese ball rolled in nuts and has a bottle of Champagne in the back

This Cheese Ball Rocks!

Amazing flavors all shaped into a glorious cheese ball that is to make and always at hit at every gathering.

This simple combination of cheeses, shaped into a festive ball then rolled into nuts (or roasted pumpkin seeds if allergies exist) turns in a delightful spread for crackers.

The secret's in the Worcestershire sauce and totally adds the perfect flavoring that steps this up from plain to fabulous!

Use finely chopped pistachios, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds or again try soy nuts or pumpkin seeds if you prefer.

You can even add some hot sauce to make even another little kick to change this up a bit for folks who love a little heat.

this is a cheese ball rolled in nuts and has a bottle of Champagne in the back


I always make my cheese ball at least 24 hours in advance.

If you really don't have a lot of time, these also freeze well, just make them, place in a freezer bag and thaw the night before.

Just be sure to refrain from adding the nuts, thaw, and roll just before serving.

Serve the cheese ball with a variety of crackers, toasted garlic bread cut into squares, pita points or it's great on apple slices or pears.

Ingredients To Buy for This Nutty Cheese Ball Recipe

(scroll to the recipe card for the quantities)

  • Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • Swiss Cheese shredded
  • Cream Cheese softened
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • sweet Marsala
  • nuts or a combination of them below
  • walnuts chopped, pecans, sliced almonds
  • finely chopped pistachio nuts or macadamia nuts
  • For Allergies use roasted pumpkin seeds.

this is a 3 cheese spread rolled in pistachio nuts


This is perfect for any holiday and I just love to serve this festive-looking cheese ball to my guests.

It really is always the best bet when I need something in a hurry to serve and I always keep some crackers on hand in a pinch!

One tip I have to change this into a holiday delight, add sliced green olives with red pimentos to trim this up with the green pistachios and it's perfect for Christmas!!

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Nutty Cheese Ball

Nutty Cheese Ball

Yield: 2
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 1 Mtotal time: 11 M
This is a delicious cheese ball full of flavor including a little Marsala wine.
The cheese spreads easily as an appetizer, on crackers, fruits or vegetables.
We also love this on garlic bread.


  • 1/2 pound Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 pound of Swiss Cheese shredded
  • 1 package of Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet Marsala
  • 3/4  of cup nuts  or a combination of them below
  • 1/4 walnuts chopped or pecans
  • 1/4 cups sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts or macadamia nuts
  • For Allergies use roasted pumpkin seeds.


How to cook Nutty Cheese Ball

  1. In a large industrial mixer bowl, add all the cheeses and beat them with a flat beater until they blend together on number 4 speed.
  2. Slowly add the Worcestershire sauce, all the spices, and all ingredients on the list above (except the nuts of choice) for around 1 minute.
  3. Place this mixture on a piece of wax paper and shape the ball. Roll into the nuts of choice suggested and wrap in the wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving or freeze until ready to use, then thaw the night before in the refrigerator.
  5. Serve with crackers, toast points, garlic bread, apple slices or pears.
  6. You can also use raw vegetables to spread the cheese on.
  7. I make two small balls one with roasted pumpkin seeds and one with pistachios.
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this is a cheese ball rolled in nuts and has a bottle of Champagne in the back

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this is a cheese ball rolled in nuts and has a bottle of Champagne in the back

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. How beautiful! I love cheeseballs and never thought of making it at home!

  2. This looks really good. The pefect appetizer.

  3. Wow...that looks such an interesting, delicious balls covered with nuts! I can imagine the lovely taste and texture with crackers. Happy holidays!

  4. What a grand combo of cheeses and nuts. Checking my fridge now...scrumptious!

  5. I love nutty treats. This is a perfect holiday appetizer.


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