Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

A Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball filled with winter herbs and tangy goat cheese is a holiday appetizer no one will forget! Whip this bad boy up for your next holiday gathering and pair with your favorite crackers.

Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball |

Ah the cheese ball.

A simple enough recipe that I’m sure we’ve all had at some point or another in our lives. Generally the only cheese balls I was exposed to were made up of cheddar or pimento cheese, so I was never particularly crazy about them.

My cousin Lisa snuck me a little challenge a couple weeks ago to think of a holiday cheese ball that was different from those kinda blah cheese ball recipes that are out there… 


Obviously I had to accept. I mean come on, there’s no way I can back down from a challenge anyways – let alone a culinary challenge.

So, as Barney would say, “challenge accepted.”

The result of this ever so perfect holiday challenge?


Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball |

This miraculous, flavorful and festive ball of creamy, cheesy deliciousness.

A cheese ball is a delicious way to make that cheese plate you always serve even more spectacular than ever. The combination of creamy goat cheese and cream cheese with dried cranberries and winter herbs in this cheese ball scream holiday joy with every bite. You can pair them with practically any cracker out there!

Then you simply throw on some extra dried fruit and perhaps a couple different delicious meats on the tray to really round out the whole thing.


The result is a starting appetizer that everyone will devour and you’ll be literally begged to share the recipe before dinner is even served.

I served up this bad boy on Thanksgiving and it got rave reviews (from people that aren’t just trying to buy my affection, I promise) so…

Make it.

Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Prep Time:5 minutes

Total Time:5 minutes

Packed with goat cheese, cranberries and winter herbs, this goat cheese ball is perfect for your next holiday get together!


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz goat cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2/3 cups chopped walnuts
  • Crackers


  1. In a medium bowl, stir together garlic, goat cheese, cream cheese, salt, pepper, ground thyme, dried rosemary, and cranberries.
  2. Once well combined, form the cheese mixture into a ball.
  3. Roll the ball in chopped walnuts to coat evenly. Serve with your favorite crackers!

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2 Responses to “Cranberry Walnut Goat Cheese Ball”

  1. Jill — December 2, 2016 at 7:05 am (#)

    I love a good cheese ball! Since we’re not hosting any dinners this holiday season, I’ve been thinking of just having people around for drinks and apps, so this is perfect. I love cheese in all its forms but cheese balls are just so festive!

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