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Cranberry Blue Cheese Ball

Course: Appetizer, Dips, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 183 kcal
The saltiness of this cheese depends on the blue cheese. Taste the mixture before you form the ball and adjust the seasonings. Replacing the garlic/onion powder for garlic/onion salt will add extra flavor and salt to the ball. The recipe easily doubles for larger gatherings. For a double batch, we'll either make one BIG cheese ball or a 2-3 smaller ones.


  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese , softened (1 package)
  • 4 ounces Blue Cheese , softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
  • fresh cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup dried Cranberries , chopped and divided in half
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts , pecans or your favorite nuts


  1. In bowl, combine cream cheese and blue cheese until well combined
  2. Add rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, black pepper and 2 Tablespoons of the chopped cranberries. Stir the mixture until everything is combined. Taste the mixture and adjust seasonings.
  3. Lay plastic wrap on surface and transfer cheese mixture on top. Wrap the plastic wrap around cheese mixture and shape the mixture into a ball. Chill until the cheese ball is firm.
  4. Combine the remaining cranberries and nuts and on a plate. Roll the chilled cheese ball in the mixture. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. The cheese ball tastes better the next day after all the flavors are combined.
  5. Garnish with rosemary sprigs or extra cranberies. Serve with chips, bread, veggies or crackers.