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5 from 3 votes

Cranberry Cheese Ball

Simple & Delicious appetizer that is sure to WOW your guests!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Chill time2 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Louise



  • 1 cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup green onions about 3 stems, chopped
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup pistachios shelled and crushed


  • Add 1 cup of cranberries, sugar, cilantro, chopped green onions, chipotle, and salt into the bowl of a manual or electric food processor and process until the mixture is in small pieces, like the size of a quartered cranberry. If using an electric food processor just pulse a few times, you don't want the mixture to be too pulverized. Refrigerate mixture for 1 hour to allow the flavors to combine.
  • Warm the cream cheese just slightly. You only want it softened, not melted. I used the Ninja Foodi's steam function to gently warm my cream cheese, but any method is fine. See post for more details on other options.
  • Fold the cranberry mixture into the cream cheese. Line a round bowl with plastic wrap and fill the bowl with the cream cheese & cranberry mixture. Place the bowl in the refrigerator or even the freezer for 1-2 hours to set up.
  • Crush the pistachios in a food processor or by hand. Dump into a bowl and place your cheese ball in the crushed nuts to cover the top and sides. You can also cover the bottom if you'd like.
  • Serve with crackers or toasted bread. Enjoy!


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 516IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg