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This festive cheese ball is ready in 10 minutes or less and includes a recipe for DIY ranch seasoning!

Festive Cheese Ball with DIY Ranch Seasoning

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  • Total Time: 10 minutes



For the Ranch Seasoning:

  • 1/2 c. dry buttermilk powder
  • 3 TB dried parsley
  • 1 TB dried minced onion
  • 1 TB garlic powder
  • 1 TB onion powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 TB dried chives
  • 1/2 TB ground black pepper
  • 1/2 TB kosher salt

For the Cheese Ball:

  • 2 TB ranch seasoning mixture
  • 24 oz. cream cheese (38 oz packages)
  • 2 c. pecans, chopped


For the Ranch Seasoning:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

For the Cheese Ball:

  1. Mix 2 TB of the ranch mixture with the cream cheese, using a fork or your hands to combine. Shape into a large, flat oval.
  2. Spread the chopped pecans on a work surface and roll the cheese ball in it, covering every side and pressing the pecans in slightly to adhere.
  3. Serve immediately with crackers or store wrapped tightly in plastic in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


3 TB of the dry seasoning = 1 packet storebought

For ranch dressing, Combine 3 TB of the seasoning, 1 c. milk and 1 c. mayonnaise, sour cream or greek yogurt.

Prepared cheese ball can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Ranch seasoning can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes