Easy Party Cheese Balls

Easy party cheese balls made of cream cheese and lots of flavors! A classic cheese ball with dried beef, garlic chive cheese ball, bacon ranch cheese ball, and cranberry prosciutto cheese ball.

Easy Party Cheese Balls

Homemade cheese ball recipes with cream cheese are the easiest and one of the tastiest appetizers to take to a party or serve for your guests.

I also find it even easier if I toss all of the ingredients together into my mixer, flip it on, and it’s blended for me. How simple is that?

Cheese balls are so versatile that you could add any of your favorites – bacon, cheddar, chives, dry ranch seasoning, jalapenos… I could go on!

Ingredients for Easy Party Cheese Balls

Classic Dried Beef

Classic Dried Beef

  • Cream Cheese
  • Dried Beef
  • Green Onion
  • Worcestershire
  • Seasoned Salt
Garlic Chive

Garlic Chive

  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Grated Parmesan
Bacon Ranch

Bacon Ranch

  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch Packet
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Bacon Pieces
Cranberry Prosciutto

Cranberry Prosciutto

  • Goat Cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Salt
  • Rosemary
  • Sliced Almonds
Dried Beef Cheese Ball Spread on a Cracker

How are cheese balls made?

It’s easy and no baking is required! Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, blend until combined.

Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for an hour, and then serve or coat the outside with more toppings.

What to roll cheese ball in besides nuts?

As you can see in the photos above, there are many options for coating cheese balls.

  • Seasoned Breadcrumbs
  • Cracker or Pretzel Crumbs
  • Dried Fruit
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Bacon, Prosciutto, or Dried beef
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Grated Parmesan
  • Olives

The entire cheese ball does not have to be coated either. If you are unsure if guests will like it, try sprinkling a few just on the very top.

Four party cheese balls with crackers

What to serve with cheese balls?

You don’t have to stop at just crackers to scoop into your cheese ball. Try pita bread, chips, baguette slices, pretzels, and rye chips.

Easy Party Cheese Balls

Easy Party Cheese Balls

Tiffany
Easy party cheese balls made of cream cheese and lots of flavors! A classic dried beef cheese ball, garlic chive cheese ball, bacon ranch cheese ball, and cranberry prosciutto cheese ball.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Refrigeration Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 47 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Cheese Balls
Calories 136 kcal

Ingredients
  

Classic Dried Beef Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 4 oz Dried Beef, sliced into small squares
  • 2 Stalks Sliced Green Onion
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire
  • ½ teaspoon Seasoned Salt

Garlic Chive Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Chopped Chives for Garnish
  • 2 teaspoon Chopped Parsley for Garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Breadcrumbs for Garnish
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Parmesan for Garnish

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1 ounce Ranch Packet
  • 8 ounces Shredded Cheddar Cheese Reserve 1 tablespoon for Coating
  • 4 Slices of Bacon, crumbled Reserve 1 tablespoon for Coating

Cranberry Prosciutto Cheese Ball

  • 8 ounces Goat Cheese
  • 2 ounces Prosciutto sliced into small squares
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Dried Cranberries
  • ½ teaspoon Rosemary
  • ½ cup Sliced Almonds, for coating

Instructions
 

Classic Dried Beef Cheese Ball

  • In a mixer, combine cream cheese, dried beef, green onions, Worcestershire, and seasoned salt. Place a layer of plastic wrap on a flat surface and place cheese mixture on the plastic wrap, then cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and form in the shape of a ball.

Garlic Chive Cheese Ball

  • Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic salt, and onion powder. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove from plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Mix chives, parsley, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan in a bowl. Carefully roll cheese ball in the bowl to coat the outside.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

  • Add cream cheese, sour cream, ranch packet, and all but 1 tablespoon of cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon in a mixing bowl and blend well. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Uncover, and coat with remaining tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

Cranberry Prosciutto Cheese Ball

  • Mix together goat cheese, prosciutto, salt, dried cranberries, and rosemary. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove and uncover. Place sliced almonds in a bowl and roll ball in the bowl to coat the outside.

Notes

Nutrition is based on the Classic Dried Beef Cheese Ball recipe only and is for 8 servings with a single serving of crackers (4 crackers per person) included.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 2.1gProtein: 6.6gFat: 11.3gSaturated Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 209mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2g

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I have used this recipe for many years. I lost it and so glad I found it again. I’ve never had a complaint with it. Very good and so quick and easy to make.

5 from 11 votes (10 ratings without comment)

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