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Friday, December 28, 2018

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Cheddar, bacon and ranch are a perfect combination of flavors for a cheese ball. Get your crackers ready and watch this disappear right before your eyes!

cheese ball coated in bits of bacon and cracker crumbs

       The savory flavors of cheddar, bacon and ranch are the perfect combination for an out of this world cheese ball.  It is a perfect appetizer for any party.  Cheese balls also transport well, so they are great for tailgating and potlucks too!

      The first time I made this cheese ball for the blog was for an apple themed baby shower we were throwing for some friends.  I'll let you see what I said about it the first time around:

     Of course it was plenty easy to come up with all sorts of fun apple sweets for the apple themed shower, but it was a little harder to come up with savory ideas.  I actually had quite a few of them, but most would be better made and eaten while warm.

      I wanted to be able to relax and enjoy the party too, so the more I could make ahead the better.  This cheese ball was perfect for that.  This was the only thing I made that didn't actually have any apple in it, but it looked like an apple so it was close enough!

cheese ball shaped like apple coated in red bell pepper

     It came together quickly in the food processor.  The most time consuming part was covering it in peppers and even that didn't take long.

      I really enjoy the peppers on Ro's Havarti Cheese Ball so I thought it would be a great way to make this red as well!  It was about 2/3 gone after the shower (with plenty of other options available), so I would say it was a hit!

      We hosted my husband's cousin and her family for some snacks Christmas Eve.  They were in from out of town and we wanted a chance to see them between all of the other events.

bowl filled with cream cheese, ranch seasoning, cheese and bacon

        I had a hot cocoa bar set up with all sorts of toppings. The hot chocolate was in the slow cooker and I really liked the recipe.  I will have to share it with you soon.

       I also mulled some cider in my instant pot and had loads of cookies and candies out.  I thought we needed something savory to snack on as well and this cheese ball seemed like the perfect thing.

      I didn't need it to be in the shape of an apple this time around, so I went simple with a round cheese ball.  I also kept the coating simple with crushed cracker crumbs and bacon.

cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap ready to chill

       I enjoy cheese balls rolled in nuts or herbs, but my herb garden is dormant for the winter and my boys won't eat nuts.  So cracker crumbs it was for a quick and easy win.

      His cousin and her girls loved the cheese ball and asked for the recipe, so I figured I had better get it updated so I could send the link over!

cheese ball coated in bacon and cracker crumbs

       What are your favorite cheese ball flavor combinations?

More fun cheese ball recipes: 

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Yield: 36 Servings
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

The savory flavors of cheddar, bacon and ranch are the perfect combination for an out of this world cheese ball. It is a perfect appetizer for any party. Cheese balls also transport well, so they are great for tailgating and potlucks too!
Prep time: 1 H & 15 MCook time: Total time: 1 H & 15 M


  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (1 ounce) package of ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or green onions
  • Coating options: diced bell peppers, cracker crumbs, chopped nuts, chopped bacon, bread crumbs, fresh herbs (or any combination of the above)


Food Processor Option
  1. In a food processor, chop cheddar until it is small crumbles.
  2. Add cream cheese, bacon, ranch mix and chives. Process until well combined.
  3. Scoop out of processor and place on plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to form the cheese into a ball.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Before serving, coat in desired coatings. Press them into the cheese ball to help them stick. Serve with crackers.
Shredded Cheese and Bowl Option
  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together bacon, cream cheese, ranch mix, cheddar and chives.
  2. Place on plastic wrap and form into a ball. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll in desired coating before serving. Be sure to have plenty of crackers on hand!
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Cheddar, bacon and ranch are a perfect combination of flavors for a cheese ball. Get your crackers ready and watch this disappear right before your eyes!


  1. This is so adorable!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thanks! The apple shaped cheese ball was my mom's idea and I'm glad she had it! It was perfect for the party!

  2. Sounds really yummy and it's so pretty looking like an apple!

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  4. I love a good cheese ball! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday - link Party! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

    1. Me too and they are so versatile! Thanks for hosting!

  5. This sounds delicious and that Red Velvet one has me intrigued. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will join us again next week.

  6. This looks really cute for a holiday appetizer!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  7. That looks AMAZING! Pinning for later. :)

  8. Wow! so love your awesome idea Carlee :) I would love to try the first and second option.

  9. I love to make cheese balls. They are easy, economical and always well received at parties.

  10. I cannot imagine my life without cheese!! The flavors in this are mouthwatering.

    1. I can't imagine it either! We are huge cheeseheads here!

  11. I kept planning to make a cheese ball during the holidays and I never got around to it...maybe some time this weekend? This one looks so scrumptious!

    1. It's never too late to make a cheese ball!

  12. I'm totally in for this recipe. Love cheese and this cheese ball would be great for our New Year's Even snack buffet

  13. I'm so glad cheese balls are back! This one sounds amazing. Love the "apple" too!

  14. Sounds like a tasty mix, and great for a party.

  15. I love making cheese balls like this ahead and then we are just ready to go if someone pops in to visit.

  16. I'm not a huge fan of ranch, but recently discovered that cheese balls don't count - the ranch flavor tends to be light and a perfect compliment to the other mix-ins. We like to serve a similar recipe at Game Day celebrations and it's a hit.

    1. Cheese balls live by their own rules!! ;-)

  17. I used to make something like this a lot and forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me. And I love how you made it look like an apple!

    1. Yay! It's always fun to bring old favorites back!

  18. Cheese balls are delicious. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

    1. That's one of the best parts about cheese balls, they are so easy and yummy!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!