Yields 2 balls

Preparation time: 30-45 minutes

Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes


• 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

• 1⁄4 cup sour cream

• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

• 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans (or pistachios)

• 1⁄4 cup of packaged dried cranberries or craisins


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine: softened cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese

  2. Divide cheese mix into 2 balls

  3. Mix 1⁄4 cup pecans with 1⁄4 cup cranberries

  4. Roll one ball of cheese in nut and berry mixture

  5. Roll second ball in remaining 1⁄4 cup of pecans

  6. Wrap each cheese ball in plastic wrap and let set in the fridge for about 30 minutes


• Cheese ball in Maine was altered from original recipe because we didn’t have pistachios in the house.

• One cheese ball was made with cranberries and one was made without because Uncle Glen didn’t want cranberries in one