Easy Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball

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This Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball is sweet and tangy and has a yummy fresh flavor. It is simple and tasty; a perfect holiday appetizer!

Orange Cranberry Cheeseball - this sweet and tangy cheese ball is a perfect holiday appetizer!

With just five ingredients, this cheese ball couldn’t be more simple. Plus, it can be made ahead of time, so it cuts down on last minute party stress. Always a bonus in my book.

Sweet and tangy, this Orange Cranberry Cheesecake is sure to be a hit at any gathering. #cheeseball

This cheese ball is slightly sweet, which I thought was a perfect compliment to the salty crackers. With pretty dried cranberries and a hint of orange in every bite, it is perfect for holiday gatherings.

The candied pecans on the outside of the cheeseball make it extra scrumptious. I made my own, and it was much easier than I thought it would be. They are so tasty it is hard to stop snacking on them! Of course, if you are really in a hurry, you can buy pecans.

Recipe for cheese ball with orange and cranberries. A tasty appetizer!

Here’s a tip I use for all my cheese ball recipes. To make it easier to roll into a ball, I like to press the mixture into a bowl lined with plastic wrap. Fold up the edges of the plastic wrap, then chill for an hour or two.

Recipe for easy and delicious Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball.

As it chills, it will harden up enough that you can roll it up a bit while still in the plastic wrap. Then just peel it off and roll it in the pecans. I like to chop my nuts, then roll the cheese ball into the nuts while they are still on the cutting board. One less dish to wash. 🙂

Need a tasty holiday appetizer? Give this Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball a try! #appetizer #cheeseball

Orange and cranberry is a classic flavor combination, and it shines in this simple cheese ball. People can’t seem to get enough of it, so if you have a large crowd you may want to double the recipe!

Recipe for orange cranberry cheese ball

Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball

Yield: 16 servings

Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball

Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball
Sweet creamy cheese ball flavored with orange zest and Craisins, and rolled in candied pecans.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened (I like to use light or Neufchatel, it makes a softer cheese ball.)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 cup Craisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans


Combine cream cheese and powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl and beat till smooth. Beat in the orange zest and craisins till well blended.

Line a small deep bowl with plastic wrap and press cheese mixture firmly into bowl.

Cover and chill for 1-2 hours, then roll in a ball and roll in candied pecans.

Serve with crackers.


- Recipe was originally shared at I Heart Naptime.

Creamy and delicious orange cheeseball with dried cranberries. A perfect holiday appetizer!


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  1. Aimee Shugarman says

    Such a great flavor in this cheese ball recipe!

  2. This makes the PERFECT appetizer! YUM – thank you!

  3. I love how festive this looks. YUM!! This would be the perfect Thanksgiving app!

  4. I could eat the whole cheese ball by myself! So delicious!

  5. Amy Huntley says

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Love that it’s just five ingredients!!

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