Filbert Cheese Ball

When I set one of these appetizers out on a plate with knife and crackers, it draws a crowd! It disappears so fast, I keep a spare in the refrigerator, and a couple in the freezer for the holidays.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
2 16-ounce cheese balls


  • 1 (16 ounce) package grated sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 (4 ounce) package crumbled blue cheese

  • 4 ounces butter (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated onion

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ½ cup finely chopped filberts

  • 1 cup chopped filberts

  • 1 cherry, halved

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Mix Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, blue cheese, butter, onion, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl using an electric mixer or in a food processor until thoroughly blended. Stir in finely chopped filberts.

  2. Divide mixture into 2 balls using wet hands. Wrap balls in waxed paper and refrigerate until cool and firm, about 1 hour. Smooth and shape; roll firmly in chopped filberts. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour. Garnish each cheese ball with 1 cherry half and parsley 1 hour before serving.

Cook's Note:

If tightly wrapped, they will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you want to freeze up to 3 months, use butter in the mixture to keep the thawed product smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
13g Fat
2g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 119mg 9%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 69mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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