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Cranberry and Herb Cheese Ball

Dried cranberries bring gorgeous holiday color and a hint of sweetness to this herb-coated cheese ball that’s guaranteed to be a hit for any get-together.

Serves 8
Ready in 50 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Chill time 30 mins
158 calories per serving


> 1 (8 oz) pkg reduced- fat cream cheese, room temperature and cut up
> 4 oz extra -sharp white Cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
> 1/2 tsp garlic powder
> 1/2 tsp onion powder
> 2/3 cup dried cranberries
> 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
> 1/3 cup snipped chives
> Crackers, for serving


To a food processor, add the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pulse until smooth, stopping and scraping down sides of bowl occasionally.
Transfer cheese mixture to medium bowl and, with wet hands, gently roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 min., until firm.
Meanwhile, very finely chop cranberries. Finely chop the parsley and chives. Combine cranberries and herbs in a shallow dish. Roll cheese ball in the cranberry mixture, pressing lightly to adhere.
Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Let cheese ball come to room temperature before serving with the crackers.

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