The BEST Cheese Ball Recipe (Easy To Make In 15 Minutes)

A cheese ball on a white plate layered on a round serving dish, surrounded by crackers and a bowl of chopped nuts.

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This classic cheese ball recipe is one of the best appetizers you can make. It combines softened cream cheese with sour cream, cheddar cheese, crunchy nuts, and crispy bacon to create this addictive, out-of-this-world delicious snack. Not to mention it is so, so easy to make. In fact, just 15 minutes and a few simple steps are all you need to whip this cheese ball together!



4 oz. cooked and crumbled bacon

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 tbsp sour cream

1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese

2-3 tbsp green onion, thinly sliced

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

1 tbsp Italian herbs

¼ tsp garlic powder

1 tsp poppy seeds

Black pepper, to taste


  1. In a bowl, combine 3 oz. bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp green onion, 2 tbsp walnuts, Italian herbs, garlic powder, ½ tsp poppy seeds, and black pepper to taste.
  2. Mix the ingredients well with a spatula and place the bowl in a fridge for 10 minutes.
  3. On a shallow plate, combine the remaining ingredients.
  4. Shape the cheese mixture into a ball and place it on top of the remaining ingredients on the plate.
  5. Roll the cheese through the toppings until completely covered.
  6. Serve with crackers or toasted bread slices.


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