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5 from 4 votes

Loaded Cranberry Bacon Cheese Ball

This Loaded Cranberry Bacon Cheese Ball will be a hit at your next party! Sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy this easy appetizer goes well with all sorts of dippers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheese Ball Recipe, Party Food
Servings: 6
Calories: 274
Author: Julia



  • Dice and fry the bacon to your liking.
  • Meanwhile: Finely chop the hazelnuts and cranberries. Put half of each aside. Place the other half (of hazelnuts and cranberries) in a mixing bowl. Add cheddar cheese, cranberry sauce, cream cheese.
  • Transfer the bacon onto a few sheets of paper kitchen towel to get rid of the excess oil. Throw half of it in the bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients until everything is well combined.
  • Wrap this in a sheet of cling film and shape it into a ball. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Take it out, roll in a mixture of bacon, cranberries and hazelnuts.
  • Serve with crackers, chips, nachos, celery sticks ….


  1. The overall time does not include time needed for chilling – add extra 30 minutes.
  2. The longer the chilling the harder the cheese ball will get. I prefer chilling it for 30 minutes only.
  3. When cooking the bacon yourself bear in mind that the fattier it is, the less bacon you will get.
  4. Cranberries can be substituted with raisins.
Nutrition Facts
Loaded Cranberry Bacon Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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