Nutty Cream Cheese Balls

Nutty cream cheese balls are a decadent, make-ahead party app that’s creamy, crunchy, and perfect every time.

Backstory: This fast and easy recipe is another one that I borrowed from a friend. If any of my friends are reading this, let me know who I can credit this recipe too.  Besides being an appetizer that you would serve to guests, this is also a tasty snack.  I am a cheese lover and so I could devour this in place of a meal.  I know there are plenty of cheese balls that you can buy at the market, but this is easy and economical compared to the prices in the store. Besides, these are fresh and there are no preservatives or expiration date. These can be made in different sizes, but if using them for a large crowd I would increase the amounts of the ingredients below. This is a perfect appetizer for a Chanukah celebration, Thanksgiving, or even for breaking the fast on Yom Kippur. More of the Backstory after the recipe

Cream Cheese Balls with Nuts

This savory, crunchy, creamy app is a crowd pleaser that makes a beautiful presentation! Serve with crackers, sliced fruit, and a crispy wine and watch this party starter disappear.
Course Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2+ cup green olives. chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or any nuts of your choice


  1. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, olives, garlic powder, and salt together. Set aside. Place the nuts in a deep bowl. Set aside.
  2. Form cream cheese ball(s) to your desired size. You can make individual, bite-size balls or you can make one big ball and let people slice off what they want. After forming the ball(s), roll the ball(s) in the nuts coating evenly. Use a dish that you can put in the freezer and place the ball(s) on the dish and in the freezer for 45 minutes. Remove and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with crackers.

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Myrna Turek

Myrna Turek

I'm a domestic goddess who got my 'PhD' in Home Ec in the early 1960s. I was married for 52 years and have six grandchildren. If it were up to me, everything would be fried. Including chocolate.
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