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25 Best Christmas Cheese Balls and Appetizers

Elevate your holiday spread with these Christmas cheese balls!

They look impressive, taste phenomenal, and are so easy to make. Your friends and family will love them!

Variation of Cheese Balls with Pistachio and Pomegranate
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Cheese balls are 100% my thing. It doesn’t matter if they’re sweet, savory, or spicy. That’s why I’m so excited to share this list with you. 

These holiday appetizers incorporate many seasonal flavors. Some are even decorated like Santa and the Grinch.

So if you’re on the hunt for delicious festive appetizers, look no further. These Christmas cheese balls are just what you need.

Rolled cheeseball coated with chopped pecans and dried cranberries.

1. Christmas Cheese Ball

This holiday favorite looks more like a cheesy yule log than a ball. Still, it’s a decadent, delectable option for any cheese lover. 

You get a scrumptious creamy center flavored with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and grated onion. All rolled in dried cranberries and pecans.

It looks impressive and yet it’s effortless to make.

Cheeseball designed as Christmas tree.
Source: The-girl-who-ate-everything.com

2. Christmas Cheese Tree

Jazz up your traditional cheese ball by turning it into a cheese tree! It’s a gorgeous and delicious appetizer that everyone will love.

It features all the yummy, classic flavors of a typical cheese ball. Cheddar, cream cheese, and nuts to name a few. 

However, the presentation is so much more exciting. Your friends and family will love it!

Cheeseballs shaped into snowman served with crackers.
Source: Number-2-pencil.com

3. Snowman Christmas Cheese Ball

Is shaping a Christmas tree cheese ball out of your wheelhouse? Whip up this snowman version instead. 

The process is as simple as rolling up a standard cheese ball. Except, this one comes doubled up.

Of course, you can’t forget the decorations! Black pepper and a baby carrot create the classic snowman face.

Cheeseball shaped in Christmas tree covered with olives and chiles served with crackers and bologna.
Source: Cafedelites.com

4. Antipasto Cheese Ball Christmas Tree

Here’s another entertaining way to make a Christmas tree cheese ball. 

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This one features sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, dill, and more. Then, you’ll “decorate” the entire thing with olives, tomatoes, salami, etc. 

You get a cheese ball and an antipasto platter in one!

Mini cheeseball coated in different spices and nuts arranged in Christmas tree shape.

5. Mini Cheese Ball Holiday Platter

Don’t let the looks fool up. Building this Christmas tree appetizer is easier than it looks. 

It combines a bunch of mini cheese balls for one festive platter. What’s even better is that you get multiple flavors.

Have an uncle who doesn’t like dill or a grandma allergic to nuts? No problem! Just customize the cheese balls your way.

Mini cheese ball rolled in pecans, cranberries, or dried wasabi peas shaped in Christmas wreath.
Source: Thenovicechefblog.com

6. Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath 

This recipe, too, harnesses the power of mini cheese balls. But instead of a tree, you’ll shape them into a lovely wreath.

It’s colorful and flavorful, and everyone will adore it.

Cranberry pecan chive and garlic loaded cheese ball surrounded with crackers.
Source: Gimmedelicious.com

7. Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Searching for easy Christmas appetizers? Add this to the list! You need only six ingredients to make this salty, tangy treat. 

Cream cheese, white cheddar, green onions, and garlic powder make up the base.

Cover it with cranberries and toasted pecans for that signature holiday taste.

Cheese ball wrapped in bacon bits served with crackers.

8. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Cheesy, savory, and zesty, this ball of goodness has everything you could possibly want.

The bacon bits add a delightful crunch to the creamy center. But what you don’t see coming is the explosion of ranch flavor.

The best part is, you only need four ingredients and 10 minutes.

Cheeseball coated with pomegranate arils.
Source: Julieblanner.com

9. Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe

Here’s another sweet and savory option I think you’ll adore. 

White cheddar and cream cheese are rolled with garlic and green onion. My favorite part, though, is the pomegranate seed coating. 

Topped with a Rolo and sprig of rosemary, it looks just like a Christmas ornament. So it comes dressed up for the holiday.

Cheeseball decorated as Santa face with whipped cream served with crackers.
Source: Livinglocurto.com

10. Santa Cheese Ball

Ranch and cheddar is a crowd-pleasing combo. Those flavors get even better as a rosy-cheeked Santa cheese ball!

Don’t worry, you won’t need artistic skills to make this one. It’s super easy and takes about 30 minutes.

Trust me, your party guests will love this holiday finger food!

Cheeseballs decorated as ornaments with pesto and sun dried tomato filling.
Source: Makewithmara.com

11. Ornament Pesto Sun-dried Tomato Cheese Balls

I have a reputation for hogging this cheese ball. But can you blame me?

The flavor combination is incredibly irresistible. You get tangy goat cheese, cream cheese, fresh pesto, toasted pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. 

Forget the crackers, I’ll eat it with a spoon!

Cheeseball rolled in chopped pecans decorated with olives as eyes, tomato cherries as nose and pretzels as antlers.
Source: Gracelikerainblog.com

12. Rudolph Chicken Cheese Ball

More in the mood for a giant Rudolph? No problem! You can craft this Christmas masterpiece with just seven ingredients. 

Chicken, ranch, and cream cheese come rolled in pecans. Olives, pretzels, and cherry tomatoes make it complete. 

It’s hearty, flavorful, and full of savory goodness.

Santa Claus face decoration using cheese, ,whipped cream and strawberries on a cookie platter.
Source: Cutefetti.com

13. Santa Cheesecake Ball

Looking for a sweet Santa cheese ball dressed to impress? Kids and adults will go wild for this one!

It’s the perfect option if you need an easy dessert for your holiday party. You need less than ten ingredients and about 15 minutes to make it.

It’s pretty indulgent. But hey, Christmas comes but once a year! 

Grinch-themed cheese ball with green hue covered in tiny heart-shaped sprinkles on a cookie platter.
Source: Homemadehooplah.com

14. Grinch Cheese Ball

Snowmen, Santa Claus, and Christmas trees are all great. But in my house, the Grinch is the star of the show.

If you love him too, you have to try this Christmas appetizer.

Hiding inside is a sweet surprise of white cake and cream cheese. Covered in red candy heart sprinkles, even this dessert will make the Grinch’s holiday!

Mini pimento cheeseballs rolled in pecan chive mixture with a small cracker on top.
Source: Inspiredbycharm.com

15. Mini Pimento Cheese Balls

It’s not Christmas without a pimento cheese ball on the table! 

This classic appetizer gets revamped mini-style. So you don’t have to fight your siblings for the last bite.  

The inside is a creamy, cheesy mix packed with cheddar and pimentos. For more texture, they’re rolled in nuts and chives. Yum!

Pomegranate arils covered cheese ball sliced served on a plate.
Source: Howsweeteats.com

16. Pomegranate Jeweled Cheese Ball

This strikingly beautiful cheese ball is almost too lovely to eat! And yes, it tastes as good as it looks.

The center features three types of cheese, salt, pepper, almonds, and sage. 

But the sparkling pomegranate arils take it to the next level. It’s sweet, tangy, and herby, the perfect combination for a spectacular starter.

Cheeseball coated with fried onion and chive mixture served with cracker on a plate.
Source: Dashofsanity.com

17. French Onion and Bacon Cheese Ball

Do you enjoy French onion dip? How about bacon and cheese? Then add this to your list of Christmas party foods!

It’s a savory, tangy, and herby treat. And if the taste isn’t addictive enough, the texture certainly will be.

You’ll love the mix of creamy cheese and crunchy caramelized onions. I know I do!

Cinnamon cracker dipped in chocolate chip coated cheeseball.
Source: Taketwotapas.com

18. Cannoli Cheese Ball

Creamy, chocolatey, and just a bit citrusy. Those are the best words to describe this delicious dessert cheese ball. 

It’s like a deconstructed cannoli that you’ll dip with graham crackers and other sweet treats.

You won’t have to worry about leftovers with this one. 

Pinecone inspired cheeseballs served with crackers.
Source: Familyfreshmeals.com

19. Pinecone Holiday Cheese Ball

This pinecone cheese ball would look so festive on your holiday table.

The inside is chock-full of herbs, mayo, and three types of cheese. Then there’s the shaved almond exterior that looks just like a pine cone!

It almost looks too good to eat. The keyword here being almost.

Cheeseball covered with chopped apples served with apple slices.
Source: Restlesschipotle.com

20. Apple Cheddar Cheese Ball

Combining sweet and savory flavors is always a good idea. And this six-ingredient cheese ball does just that!

Honeycrisp and Granny Smith give it plenty of tart, apple sweetness. It tastes phenomenal with the savory saltiness of the cheeses and pecans.

Mix in maple syrup and it’s a party for your taste buds.

21. Swiss Almond Cheese Ball

Are you looking for something a little more traditional? Try this old-fashioned cheese ball recipe. 

It’s creamy, nutty, savory, and herby. The add-ins include bacon, onions, spices, herbs, and nuts. 

It’s easy to make and requires nothing fancy. Have it ready in 30 minutes or less.

Cheeseball covered with toasted almond served with crackers.
Source: Aforkstale.com

22. Port Wine Cheese Ball

The port wine cheese ball is another classic option. It’s about as retro as they come!

It’s the kind of cheese ball your mom probably served during her ‘80s cocktail parties.

Savory and rich, it’s got a bit of a kick from the cayenne. Oh, and it tastes terrific with a tall glass of wine.

Cheeseball coated with  miniature chocolate chips, toffee pieces, and pecans served with crackers.
Source: Apumpkinandaprincess.com

23. Chocolate Chip Toffee Cheese Ball

What’s better than a sugary vanilla cheese ball for dessert?

How about a sugary vanilla cheese ball covered in chocolate, toffee, and pecans? Yep, that might do it. 

Give this recipe a try if you’re craving something sweet. Just don’t be surprised if you can’t keep the kiddos away from it. 

Chopped pistachio and dried cranberry coated cheeseball.
Source: Lecremedelacrumb.com

24. Cranberry Pistachio Cheeseball

Sweet, savory, creamy, cheesy, and nutty, this cheese ball is an explosion of flavor. What you don’t expect is that it only takes six ingredients. 

Dijon and garlic add a kick to the center. Cranberries and pistachios also add a sweet, nutty crunch.

It’s simple, super tasty, and only takes 10 minutes to make.

Cheeseball coated mini M&Ms and crushed candy canes served with crackers.
Source: Fantabulosity.com

25. Christmas Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

Looking for something festive to complete your Christmas appetizer spread? You can’t beat this candy-studded cheese ball. 

The inside is sweet and creamy, full of vanilla and chocolate yumminess. The outside is delightfully crunchy and full of peppermint. 

Add a few Christmas M&Ms for extra color and chocolatey goodness.

25 Best Christmas Cheese Balls

Course: AppetizersCuisine: American


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For a holiday to remember, try these festive mini Christmas cheese balls! Enjoy three festive flavors: pomegranate jewels, crunchy pistachio green, and classic pecan-parsley in these cheese delights.


  • For the Cheese Balls:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 1 cup feta, crumbled

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the Coatings:
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

  • 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped and toasted

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • Additional:
  • Pretzel sticks for serving


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, cheddar, and feta. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, dill, salt, and pepper. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the mixture to firm up.
  • Once chilled, use a spoon or small ice cream scoop to form the mixture into small, bite-sized balls. Roll each ball between your palms to smooth out any edges and place them on a parchment-lined tray.
  • Prepare the coatings. Place pomegranate seeds and pistachios in separate shallow plates. Combine pecans and parsley in a third plate.
  • Roll a third of the cheese balls in pomegranate seeds until well covered, pressing gently to adhere.
  • Roll another third in the chopped pistachios, and the final third in the toasted pecans mixed with parsley.
  • Insert a pretzel stick into each cheese ball to serve as a handle.
  • Refrigerate the balls for another 30 minutes to an hour to set the coatings.
  • Serve cheese balls on a festive serving platter, alternating the different coatings for a colorful display.
  • Enjoy!


  • Toast the nuts before chopping to enhance their flavor and crunchiness.
  • Pair with a variety of crackers and sliced baguettes to suit all tastes.


  • Calories: 163kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 9g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 374mg
  • Potassium: 62mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Calcium: 87mg
  • Iron: 1mg
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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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