Make-Ahead Mini Cheese Balls


Once you learn how to make cheese balls that you can customize--and then freeze for up to three months--you'll never host a party without them! Depending on which cheese ball seasoning you choose, this make-ahead cheese ball recipe can fit any season or color palette.

Mini Cheese Balls
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Stand Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
2 cups


  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese

  • 1 cup finely shredded Gouda cheese (4 ounces)

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion (1)

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill

  • ½ cup Topper

  • Assorted crackers and/or flatbread


  1. In a large mixing bowl place cream cheese, Gouda cheese, and butter; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in green onion and dill.

  2. Shape mixture into ten (about 2-inch) balls. Place in a single layer in a freezer container; seal and freeze for up to 3 months.

  3. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Roll each cheese ball in a Topper; let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with crackers and/or flatbread.

Topper (pick one or more):

Poppy seeds; everything bagel seasoning; paprika; finely snipped fresh chives or craisins mixed with toasted chopped pecans; finely crushed cheese-flavor snacks, tortilla chips, or wasabi peas; finely shredded cheddar cheese; finely crumbled crisp-cooked bacon; lemon zest; and/or finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile peppers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

63 Calories
6g Fat
1g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Protein 2g
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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