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The Perfect Cheese Ball

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16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

Combine a nutty exterior & a creamy port wine-and-cranberry interior for The Perfect Cheese Ball. What else could we call this perfect cheese ball recipe?

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  • Mix cream cheese spread, cheddar, cranberries and wine until blended. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Shape into ball or other desired shape; coat with nuts. Place on serving plate.
  • Drizzle with syrup before serving.

Special Equipment Needed

Please use alcohol responsibly.

Size Wise

At 16 servings, this flavorful cheese spread is the perfect recipe to prepare for your next party.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with assorted crackers and/or cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.


Omit syrup. Prepare cheese mixture as directed, then choose one of the following options: Wreath: Omit nuts. Drop cheese mixture by spoonfuls into ring on serving plate. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and red peppers. Yule Logs: Divide cheese mixture in half. Roll each half into log. Coat with chopped fresh parsley in addition to the nuts. Decorated Christmas Tree: Drop cheese mixture by spoonfuls in triangular shape on platter. Add a few pretzel sticks for tree trunk and chopped red, green and yellow peppers for tree decorations. Snowman: Divide cheese mixture into three different-size balls (one small, one medium and one large). Coat balls with KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese. Place largest ball at bottom of serving plate for base of snowman. Place medium-size ball at top of large ball, and then smallest ball at top for snowman's head. Decorate with peppercorns or sliced black olives. Add a baby carrot for the nose. Truffles: Shape cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, ground PLANTERS Pecans, dry bread crumbs or chopped fresh parsley.


Omit the port wine.


  • 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. each
Calories 140
Total fat 11g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 150mg
Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 6 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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