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This Classic Cheese Ball Is the Best Thing to Happen to a Plate of Crackers

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cheese ball with crackers
Credit: The Cookie Rookie

A big, nut-crusted cheese ball is the ultimate party food — even if that party is just you and your household this year! This recipe from Cookie Rookie is an absolute classic; it’s filled with a combination of sharp cheddar and Mexican cheese blend and coated in toasted slivered almonds. It’s just about the best thing to happen to a plate of crackers.

“It’s not a holiday party without the perfect cheese ball,” says Becky Hardin of The Cookie Rookie. “This classic recipe is devoured in minutes every time we make it.”

A bit of garlic powder, onion powder, some mayonnaise, and minced chives gives the cheese blend a bit of kick. And it’s so easy, all you have to do is combine it all in a food processor or mixer until it’s smooth and creamy, then pour it into the middle of a piece of plastic wrap, form it into a ball shape, and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Chilling the ball for at least an hour is essential if you want it to keep its shape; otherwise you’ll just wind up with a plate full of cheese dip instead of a fun holiday cheese ball. 

After letting the cheese ball hang out in the fridge for an hour, you roll it around in slivered almonds — but you could also use chopped pecans if you prefer. Becky says that both options taste great with this particular cheese blend.

Get the recipe: Classic Cheese Ball Recipe from The Cookie Rookie

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