Apple Pecan Cheeseball - Taste USA

Apple Pecan Cheeseball

  • Duration 10 Minutes
  • Serving 10 – 12 cheeseballs

Courtesy of U.S. Apple Export Council


  • ½ cup (125 ml) chopped U.S. Gala or Granny Smith Apple (about ½ apple)
  • ½ lemon, juiced and divided
  • 8 oz (250 g) brick-style cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup (250 ml) grated extra old Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) apple jelly or apple butter
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) chopped fresh rosemary or thyme leaves
  • 1 cup (250 ml) chopped toasted pecans (approx.)
  • 4 to 5 additional U.S. Gala or Granny Smith apples, sliced
  • Crackers or toasts


  • 1

    Place chopped apple and ½ tsp (2 mL) lemon juice in food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, apple jelly and rosemary; pulse until uniformly combined.

  • 2

    Scrape out onto a large piece of plastic wrap; roughly form into a ball and chill for at least 2 hours or until almost firm.  Make mini cheese balls

  • 3

    Spread pecans in a shallow bowl; roll mini cheese balls in nuts, pressing into all sides until well coated. Chill until ready to serve (or for up to 4 days).

  • 4

    Meanwhile, combine any remaining lemon juice with water in a shallow bowl. Dip sliced apples in lemon water (to keep them from browning); pat dry and place around cheese ball along with crackers to serve.

  • 5


    To toast pecans, spread on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 8 minutes or until fragrant. Walnuts can be used instead if preferred.

    Make mini cheese balls: Once the mixture is firm enough to shape, form 1 tbsp (15 mL) portions into balls. Coat balls in pecans. Insert a pretzel stick for a ‘stem’ if desired and chill until ready to serve. Makes 22 to 24 balls.

  • 6


    For a sweeter version replace the apple jelly with 1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup and the herbs with 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon. Just before serving, drizzle cheese ball with additional maple syrup.

Recommended Recipes

Cheesy Stuffed Green Chile Olive Bread by Britney Breaks Bread

Cheesy Stuffed Green Chile Olive Bread by Britney Breaks Bread

Courtesy of California Olive Committee
California Olive Reindeer

California Olive Reindeer

Courtesy of California Olive Committee
Pizza Twirls

Pizza Twirls

Courtesy of California Olive Committee
Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread

Rosemary Olive Focaccia Bread

Courtesy of California Olive Committee