I came up with this recipe years ago and usually make it around Thanksgiving and Christmas, either for get-togethers or for gifts.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 servings
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the dry ranch salad dressing mix, mayonnaise, and milk in a bowl. Beat in the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in Cheddar cheese. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and freeze 30 minutes.

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  • Divide mixture in half, and shape into balls. Roll each ball in almonds to coat. Cover and refrigerate balls until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

197 calories; protein 6.9g 14% DV; carbohydrates 3g 1% DV; fat 17.8g 27% DV; cholesterol 32.9mg 11% DV; sodium 295mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
YOU WONDERFUL GAL YOU!!!! I have been HUNTING for a recipe like this perfect amount of ranch with the cheese. Years ago hubby tasted a ranch cheese ball and I havent been able to find one since now I can make it! I used Sliced almonds I actually stuck them in in progressive levels to look like a pinecone it was pretty cute! THANK YOU! Also I Used Smoked Almonds--mmmmmmm delish! Read More
(23)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/08/2008
This was way to salty for me...and I like salt! I think adding half of the ranch dressing would help. I wanted something w/ a more subtle flavor. This wasn't it. Sorry. Read More
(6)
51 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
YOU WONDERFUL GAL YOU!!!! I have been HUNTING for a recipe like this perfect amount of ranch with the cheese. Years ago hubby tasted a ranch cheese ball and I havent been able to find one since now I can make it! I used Sliced almonds I actually stuck them in in progressive levels to look like a pinecone it was pretty cute! THANK YOU! Also I Used Smoked Almonds--mmmmmmm delish! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2006
This is a terrfic cheeseball!! I don't like ranch flavouring and I loved this. The only change I made is instead of almonds I rolled the ball in bread crumbs that had a little melted butter in them. VERY good. Will use this for fancy and no-fancy occasions alike. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2009
Very tasty. I left out the mayo and used smoked cheddar cheese rolled the outside in crushed pecans. SOOO good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
I love the cheddar cheese in this instead of just cream cheese. I covered it in pecans because I love pecans. I served with wheat thins or triscuits or wheat crackers and it was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2008
I made this at Christmas and it was a big hit! I didn't make any substitutions - it was wonderful as is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2007
AWSOME!!! This is the first Cheese Ball I have ever made and it was so easy and good. I made it for the office Thanksgiving party and was told by everyone I am now obligated to bring it to every office party from her forward! I loved it!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/08/2008
This was way to salty for me...and I like salt! I think adding half of the ranch dressing would help. I wanted something w/ a more subtle flavor. This wasn't it. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Some ranch packages are 2 oz. I made this recipe with Hidden Valley ranch and it was very salty so I checked the package to find that it was 2 oz instead of one (like the recipe calls for). I'm guessing the others who found this too salty had larger packages too. I fixed the problem and I also added a cup of chopped up spinach. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2009
I made it for Thanksgiving this year. It was very salty but not inedible. My turkey shaped cheeseball was not as nice as the one pictured but hey it's interpretive art lol. I used smoked almonds on the outside. Note: be sure to use full fat cream cheese and mayo to get the cheese ball to set. Read More
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