One Ingredient Makes This The Best Spicy Cheese Ball

It's day 5 of the 12 Days Of Christmas 2018 event and the theme is Holiday Party Food Ideas. I'm sharing a recipe that is so popular in my house that if I don't serve it during the holidays, or any gathering for that matter, I hear about. One ingredient makes this the best spicy cheese ball EVER and how fun to shape it into a Christmas ornament for the holidays.

Best Ever Spicy Ornament Cheese Ball For The Holidays

Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball

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It's Day 5 and we are sharing Holiday Party Food Ideas!

If you missed my previous 12 Days Of Christmas Posts you can catch them here:
Day Two: DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket
Day Three: Christmas Countdown Santa Cottage
Day Four: Easy Snowflake Craft To Make With Grandchildren

So what is the secret ingredient that I claim makes this spicy cheese ball the best? 

Sharp cold packed cheddar cheese. I've tried it with other types of cheddar and it is not the same. I've yet to taste a cheese ball as good as this recipe. It's got just the right amount of spice without the heat!

You'll find the recipe towards the bottom of this post.

Family Favorite Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball

Steps to Making A Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball

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Ingredients to make the spicy cheese ball

Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball Ingredients

Step 1 - Dice the cheese

Spicy Christmas Cheese Ball diced cheese for food processor

Step 2 - Combine the ingredients in a food processor

I used a small Kitchen Aide Artisan Food Chopper on the puree setting and it works fine.
Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball Pureed Ingredients

Step 3 - Form into a ball 

Form into a flat ball. 
Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball Formed Into Ball

Step 4 - Roll cheese ball in spices on waxed paper

Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary and cranberries and serve with heavy crackers.

Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball Served With Heavy Crackers

I have no doubt that if you serve this spicy cheese ball, your guests will be asking for the recipe.

Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball Favorite

Best Spicy Christmas Ornament Cheese Ball

This recipe is so popular at my house that if I don't serve it during the holidays, I hear about it! One ingredient makes this the best spicy cheese ball ever.

  • 250 g Sharp Cold Packed Cheddar Cheese
  • 125 g Cream Cheese (1/2 package)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika


  1. Dice cheddar and cream cheese and place in food processor.
  2. Add lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, and garlic powder.
  3. Puree until soft and smooth. 
  4. Shape into a flat ball.
  5. Put aside 1-2 tbsp of mixture and refrigerate.
  6. Combine chili powder and paprika in a small bowl and mix together.
  7. Sprinkle spice mixture onto waxed paper.
  8. Roll to coat cheese ball on the sides and top.
  9. Wrap in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  10. When ready to serve, spread the extra cheese ball mixture onto 3-4 crackers.
  11. Place crackers on the top of the cheese ball to form an ornament stem.
  12. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and cranberries.
  13. Serve with a thicker cracker.

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