Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

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Making a cheese ball at home is simple. Made with only 4 ingredients in just 5 minutes, this Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball is the perfect quick & easy appetizer!

It’s great for Christmas and holiday parties, and can be prepped ahead of time. This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free, when served with veggies or gluten free crackers.

To make a sweet and savory cheese ball board, serve this Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball recipe with this Buffalo Cheese Ball recipe!

Cheese ball on plate surrounded by dried cranberries and crackers

There might be nothing I love more in life than cheese. Ok, maybe a few things, but very few things surpass my love of cheese!

I grew up eating cheese balls every holiday season. My Mom would take me to the Hickory Farms store in the mall. (Does anyone else remember when they had actual stores?)

We would get to try, what felt like, endless samples of cheese. Being the cheese lover that I am, even from a young age, this felt like heaven on earth!

We would bring home a variety of cheeses, summer sausage and cheese balls. This would be lunch several times a week during the holiday season and it was something I looked forward to every December.

I still look forward to cheese boards for lunch, but now I make my own cheese balls at home. They’re so easy to make and you can easily mix up the ingredients to make them sweet or savory.

With goat cheese, cream cheese, blue cheese or cheddar cheese, the flavor combinations are endless! And they’re guaranteed to be a hit as an appetizer at holiday parties or for lunch during the busy holiday season!

This easy cheese ball recipe is filled with fresh chopped rosemary and dried cranberries, then rolled in sliced almonds. It’s so flavorful and can be easily prepped ahead of time to snack on before Christmas dinner or take to a friends house during the holidays.

Who’s ready for cheese ball season?! I know I am!

Goat cheese ball on plate with dried cranberries, rosemary sprigs and crackers

How to make a Goat Cheese Ball

  • Add softened goat cheese, dried cranberries and fresh chopped rosemary to a medium bowl.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together, then form into a ball shape.
  • Spread a piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Sprinkle the almonds in an even layer. Place the cheese ball in the middle of the almonds.
  • Roll the ball in the almonds, then wrap the plastic wrap around the ball.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with crackers, fruit or veggies for dipping.

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What to serve with a Goat Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are delicious served with crackers, veggies and fruit. Here are a few of my favorite things to serve with a goat cheese ball.

  • Crackers or Toast
    • Wheat Thins – these crackers hold up well and wont crumble when dipped into the cheese ball.
    • Triscuits – another good, sturdy cracker for dipping!
    • Raisin Rosemary Crisps – if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, the flavor of these crackers pairs perfectly with this recipe!
    • Toasted Baguette – slice a baguette, then toast the slices in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes. Serve the toasted baguette slices with the cheese ball.
    • Pretzels – these salty, crispy snacks are perfect for dipping in a cheese ball!
  • Veggies – since this cheese ball is more on the sweet than savory side, I recommend serving it with veggies like celery, which are more mild in flavor, or red bell peppers, which have their own sweetness.
    • Bell Peppers
    • Carrot Sticks
    • Celery Sticks
  • Fruits
    • Pear Slices – be sure to soak both pears and apples in a 50/50 water and lemon juice mixture before serving them with a cheese ball, so that they don’t brown while sitting out at room temperature.
    • Apple Slices

How many days in advance can you make a cheese ball?

This cheese ball can be made 2-3 days in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Once this cheese ball has been served, any remaining cheese ball can be wrapped up and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Hand dipping cracker into cheese ball on plate

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Goat cheese ball on plate surrounded by dried cranberries
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Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball

Making a cheese ball at home is simple. Made with only 4 ingredients in just 5 minutes, this Cranberry Goat Cheese Ball is the perfect quick & easy appetizer!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 150 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Add the cheese, cranberries and rosemary to a medium bowl.

  2. Mix together, then form into a ball shape.
  3. Spread a piece of plastic wrap on the counter.

  4. Sprinkle the almonds in an even layer.
  5. Place the cheese ball in the middle of the almonds.
  6. Roll the ball in the almonds, then wrap the plastic wrap around the cheese ball.

  7. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  8. Serve with crackers, fruit or veggies for dipping.

Recipe Notes

  • This cheese ball can be made 2-3 days in advance. Any leftover cheese ball can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.