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Gorgonzola & Cranberry Cheese Ball

A cheese ball is a classic appetizer to take to any gathering, and it's so easy to make. This version, studded with tangy dried cranberries, is a holiday hit. —Kathy Hahn, Pollock Pines, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 cups


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons each finely chopped onion, celery, green pepper and sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Assorted crackers


  • In a small bowl, combine cheeses. Stir in the cranberries, vegetables and pepper sauce. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with crackers.
Nutrition Facts
1/4 cup: 274 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • Carolyn
    Jan 4, 2021

    Question: can I use fresh cranberries with this cheese ball to make it appropriate for Keto followers?

  • texvic
    Jan 23, 2020

    This is one of my families favorite cheeseballs, if there’s any left over they fight over who’s going to take it home, I even make it for Christmas gifts to give to friends… Good stuff!

  • SallySFB
    Jun 5, 2019

    I have made this over and over again this year and receive rave reviews every time!!! I follow the recipe to a tee!

  • cookb4
    Nov 19, 2017

    You can easily adjust this recipe to suit your taste. I used blue cheese instead of gorgonzola, green onions for the chopped onion, and omitted the peppers and hot sauce. I also chopped the dried cranberries. My family loved it!

  • olliecrafoord
    Oct 19, 2016

    This was delicious and everyone loved it! I didn't add the celery because I'm not a fan and the only suggestion I got was to perhaps add some pecans to the inside as well. :)

  • zootercat
    Jan 27, 2016

    An excellent cheese ball recipe very similar to one I used make years ago. I did not add the celery and I did a very fine dice of the other vegetables. I also chopped the cranberries. I made a day ahead for flavors to meld together before rolling in the nuts. My guests raved about this recipe.

  • NCmama87
    Jan 5, 2016

    I'm surprised this has so many five star reviews. There are too many flavors in this and they don't go well together. I think this would taste much better without the celery, peppers and possibly the onion. Cranberries just don't go with raw celery, onions and peppers.

  • Amy
    Dec 18, 2015

    This is a delicious and easy cheese ball and the first I ever made. I will not return to store-bought cheese balls and logs now that I see how quick and easy and TASTY a homemade cheese ball can be. I used blue cheese instead of Gorgonzola (because it's what I had on hand). Whether accidentally or by design, I left out the celery. I had read reviews that it overwhelmed the other ingredients. I didn't miss it at all. Can't wait to share this at gatherings with family and friends this year and in the years to come.

  • kalbach
    Dec 15, 2015

    I made this with feta instead of Gorgonzola, had a yellow pepper so used that instead of the red and green, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It disappeared so fast and everyone wanted the recipe. Absolutely delicious.

  • dewflop
    Dec 13, 2015

    To tell the truth, a co-worker has been after me to make her a cheeseball. I thought if I found one with strange ingredients it would be so bad she would stop asking. No offense, I picked this recipe. After all, blue cheese, cranberries, hot sauce? Come on! Boy was I wrong! This is the best cheeseball I have ever made! Everyone at work loved it! Men and women. I followed the recipe to a "T". Celery, peppers, everything. Please don't pass this cheeseball recipe by. It's a must try! Even for doubters like me. Plus it's so easy to throw together!