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  • Prep Time
    5 mins
  • Cook Time
    25 mins
  • Servings
    2 cups

Cranberry Pecan Cheddar Cheese Ball

Main Ingredient: Cheese

Yield: 2 cups

Recipe courtesy of Donna Ryan, Finalist in the 2015 Black Creek® “Everything's Better with Cheddar” recipe contest


  • 1-1/2 cups sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1/2-3/4 c. whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard
  • 2-1/3 cups chopped pecans, divided
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries


  1. Place shredded cheese, softened butter, ½ cup whipped cream cheese and mustard in a small mixing bowl. Beat on low or mix by hand. If mixture is too stiff, add the rest of the cream cheese. Fold in 1/3 cup pecans and dried cranberries.
  2. Place cheese on a large sheet of wax paper (about 8x10 inches) and use paper to form it into a ball. Place the 2 cups of pecans in a pie plate and roll the cheese ball in the pecans until nicely coated. Wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
  3. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and let soften for 10 minutes. Serve with a hearty cracker.


  1. If you prefer to form cheese ball with hands, grease them with butter so the mix doesn’t stick to your hands.


Black Creek®  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 9 Months)

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are made using old-world craftsmanship by Gregg Palubicki, a certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The result? The finest in premium Wisconsin Cheddar cheese with a dedication to quality you can taste.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 2 Years)

Black Creek® offers award-winning premium Cheddar cheeses that are recognized for their rich and creamy taste. Each of the brands’ offerings is carefully selected to ensure you receive a consistently delicious cheese that’s perfect for snacking.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 3 Years)

For over a century, farm fresh milk from the heart of America’s Dairyland has been finely crafted into classic, naturally-aged cheeses under the watchful eyes of certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers. Black Creek® Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese is made using these same time-honored traditions and carefully aged for three years to build a full, richly sharp flavor and delightfully crumbly texture.



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