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18 Times Cheese Balls Became the Party's MVP

Dec 17 2015 - 3:20pm

If you've never had a cheese ball, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite appetizer: its base is cream cheese, and it's typically whipped up with various aromatic herbs, other cheeses, and sometimes meat, like bacon (there are also sweet varieties out there). Then it's patted into a ball shape and rolled around in various coatings like pecans, pepper, dried fruit, or chocolate chips. Serve it with crackers, pretzels, fresh fruit, or cookies like Nilla Wafers. While cheese balls are typically reserved for party occasions, we're thinking there's no reason on earth not to treat yourself to one tonight.

Pepper Ranch Cheese Ball

After years of enjoying my aunt's cheese ball, I finally made my own version [1], with ranch-flavored cream cheese and packed together with a peppery coating.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

This bacon ranch cheese ball [2] is a guaranteed winner, Ritz crackers included.

Funfetti Cake Ball

As dazzling as it is delectable, this Funfetti cake ball [3] is made with actual yellow cake mix to achieve that iconic flavor.

Pomegranate-Jeweled Cheese Ball

Many will top cheese balls with nuts, spices, or dried cranberries, but this pomegranate-jeweled cheese ball [4] is a stunner.

Cheese Truffles

Cheese truffles [5] sound way more elegant than "mini cheese balls," don't they?

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball

Salty, savory, and just a tad sweet: this cranberry and pecan cheese ball [6] is likely to become a favorite in your household.

Buffalo Cheese Ball

Buffalo cheese ball [7] is the perfect less-messy homage to buffalo chicken wings.

Mini Cheese Balls

No brunch is complete without these mini cheese balls [8], stuffed with ranch seasoning and bacon and rolled in pecans.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheese Ball

Make yourself feel less bad about eating the cookie dough straight outta the bowl by forming it into a perfectly acceptable dessert cheese ball [9].

Cranberry Rosemary Goat Cheese Ball

Cranberries, rosemary, and pecans flavor this goat cheese ball [10].

Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball

This bacon-cheddar cheese ball [11] is sort of like baked potato toppings in the form of a dip.

Biscoff-Toffee Cheese Balls

Biscoff cookie spread is addictive on its own, but the quickest way to heaven is mixing it with cream cheese for Biscoff-toffee cheese balls [12].

Spicy Cheddar-Jalapeño Cheese Ball

Don't worry. This spicy cheddar-jalapeño cheese ball [13] is gluten-free, so there's that.

Jalapeño Cheese Ball Bites

Prefer a bite-size cheese ball that carries some heat? Make skewered jalapeño cheese ball bites [14] with three types of cheese, worcestershire sauce, pecans, and jalapeños. A piece of bacon is a welcome addition to the skewer!

Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Ball

Cranberry pistachio cheese ball [15] sways toward fancy.

"Apple" Cheese Ball

Though this clever, retro cheese ball looks like an apple [16], it's in fact a spicy Monterey Jack cheese ball, coated in sweet smoked paprika.

Triple Chocolate Cheese Ball

True chocoholics won't be able to resist this triple chocolate cheese ball [17].

Feta Cheese Ball

Yes, even cheese balls can go Greek, with this feta and oregano version [18].

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