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PHILLY Maple Nut Cheese Ball Recipe
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PHILLY Maple Nut Cheese Ball

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"A classic cheese ball laced with dried cranberries and port wine."

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Mix cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, cranberries and wine until well blended; cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. Shape into ball or other desired shape just before serving; coat with pecans. Place on serving plate; drizzle with syrup.
  3. Serve with Christie Crackers and an assortment of cut-up fresh vegetables, such as carrot and celery sticks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 11, 2008

I thought this sounded like it wouldn't be very good, but I tried it at a party and it was great so I got the recipe and made one for a holiday party and it was the most talked about dish of the evening. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 19, 2010

I was not impressed with this recipe or the results. I had high expectations but found the port wine to be overwhelming and the syrup to be a strange addition. It was too complex for what should have been a simple, tasty cheese ball.


17 Ratings

Dec 29, 2008

Fantastic recipe! I used 3 tbs of port instead of 2, and added the maple syrup while mixing everything else with the cheese. I also finely chopped up the cranberries before adding, for better distribution throughout the cheeseball. I highly recommend this- so quick and easy.

Apr 13, 2009

I wasn't sure how a sweet cheese ball would go over with the usual crowd since I often make a savory c.b. with garlic or ranch seasonings. I didn't have the port wine, but used the remaining ingredients. It was fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised. Even the kids liked it. Can't wait to try it again with different cheese and nut variations.

Mar 24, 2009

Really good. I mixed the syrup in with the cheese. Go easy on the syrup however, more than the recipe calls for would make it too sweet. I shaped mine like a log and it went fast.

Feb 02, 2010

This is SO good! I didn't have port so I left it out. Aside from that, I made it as is. Everywhere you take this someone wants the recipe. It's sweet,but not too sweet. Good on crackers and on apples or pears.

Jan 11, 2010

This cheeseball is AMAZING! I made it for my holiday party at work and it was devoured in minutes. I served it with Ritz whole wheat crackers. Very tasty. The key is to let it sit for a couple of hours before adding the pecans and syrup.

Oct 12, 2011

Wonderful party dish that is easy to make and totally delicious! I will make this for holiday gifts this season!


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  • Calories
  • 154 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 4.6 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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