Cheese Balls Three Ways

A party isn’t a party until you serve cheese balls three ways…

We are bringing you cheese balls three ways to jazz up your next holiday party. These babies are filled with cheddar, gorgonzola and brie!

Christmas was always a big deal in my family. We would spend Christmas Eve sitting around and eating mountains of finger foods and desserts. My mom and I would make everythign from pigs in the blanket to decorated sugar cookies. After cooking all that food we were both tired but we still found the energy to eat a few bites…or plates.  

We are bringing you cheese balls three ways to jazz up your next holiday party. These babies are filled with cheddar, gorgonzola and brie!

Now that I’m an adult, Christmas isn’t exactly what I remember as a kid. I live in a different state than both of my parents and my husband’s family lives in another state too. Christmas with the in-laws is great but the food is different and the traditions are different. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a blast. It’s just not exactly that way I remember things growing up.

Cheese Balls Three Ways by Nutmeg Nanny {Cranberry & Sharp Cheddar}

So this year I’m planning on taking things into my hands. I’m going to bring just a little bit of my childhood self to Christmas. While I can’t really bring a hot dish to the party, I can bring cold appetizers, and this is exactly where cheese balls come into play. I’m not sure at what point cheese balls got a bad rap, but they are delicious and can be customized to accommodate almost any flavor profile.

Don’t like goat cheese? Use blue cheese. Don’t like blue cheese? Use cheddar cheese. You get it.

Cheese Balls Three Ways by Nutmeg Nanny {Walnut & Gorgonzola}

To come up with these scrumptious cheese ball recipes, I paired up with Whole Foods Market and Kitchen PLAY. They challenged me to buy some of their products and make a stress-free holiday spread that I would be proud to serve. Well, not only did Whole Foods have everything I needed for this recipe, they also had tons of other grocery products that ended up in my cart. I cannot resist a good deal. Or a delicious product. Or Whole Foods.

I can’t be saved.

Cheese Balls Three Ways by Nutmeg Nanny {Apple & Brie}


Cheese Ball Three Ways

We are bringing you cheese balls three ways to jazz up your next holiday party. These babies are filled with cheddar, gorgonzola and brie!

Yield: 3 cheese balls

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For cheese ball base:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For cranberry and sharp cheddar cheese ball:

  • 1/3 cheese ball base
  • 8 ounces finely shredded cranberry sharp cheddar cheese (regular sharp can be used as well)
  • 2 tablespoons whole berry cranberry sauce

For walnut and Gorgonzola cheese ball:

  • 1/3 cheese ball base (recipe above)
  • 6 ounces gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons white wine
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

For apple and Brie cheese ball:

  • 1/3 cheese ball base (recipe above)
  • 6 ounces soft Brie cheese
  • 1 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped


For cheese ball base:
Add all ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix together until smooth.

Equally divide mixture into three portions and move each portion to a small bowl.

For cranberry and sharp cheese ball:
Mix together cheese ball base, shredded cheese and cranberry sauce. Once combined shape into a ball and place in the refrigerator.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with crackers, fruit slices, vegetables, vegetable chips or pita chips.

For walnut and Gorgonzola cheese ball:
Mix together cheese ball base, gorgonzola cheese, shallot, rosemary and white wine. Once combined shape into a ball and place in the refrigerator.

Let sit for about 30 minutes to harden, roll in walnuts and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with crackers, fruit slices, vegetables, vegetable chips or pita chips.

For apple and Brie cheese ball:
Mix together cheese ball base, Brie cheese, apple and thyme. Once combined shape into a ball and place in the refrigerator.

Let sit for about 30 minutes to harden, roll in pecans and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve with crackers, fruit slices, vegetables, vegetable chips or pita chips.

Still to tired to cook? Try some easy Whole Foods holiday take-out. You can even order online! Also be sure to join us on December 10th for a Twitter party featuring Whole Foods Market! Register to attend by clicking here.

Disclosure: I was compensated by Whole Foods to create a stress-free holiday recipe. As always all opinions are my own. 

46 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I can’t possibly express how badly I want this. It’s my dream!!

  2. #
    debbie — October 6, 2014 at 6:40 am

    The cake looks great and so perfect for fall. I hope your hubby is feeling better soon…poor guy!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — October 6, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I probably would have been just as nervous! Hopefully Art’s recovery will not be too painful and the next surgery will go nice and smoothly. Man, if I had that inside of me I would have been freaking out in pain!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 6, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’m glad everything went well and I’m sure the next will go just as smooth! And those commercials totally ruin me too. I change the channel every time they come on. As for this coffee cake – I’d be shoveling it my face because it looks amaaaaazing. We need to be neighbors 😉

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 6, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Oh my gosh! I hopefully recovery goes well and then the next surgery will be a breeze…I’ll be prayin’!
    Until then. This cake. I want it instead of the coffee I am dranking right now.
    And those commercials? GET ME EVERY TIME!

  6. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — October 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Wow, brown sugar, espresso, pumpkin spice, cream cheese; its a perfect combo of every flavor! I would love some of this right now!

  7. #
    Heather // girlichef — October 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Uggghhh….the agony! I can’t even imagine. And yeah, I have to change the channel when those commercials come on (due to my delicate emotional sensibilities). Also,this coffee cake is making me well-up a bit, since it looks so ridiculously good, and I know I can’t have a slice for myself right this minute.

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    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — October 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    SO glad surgery went okay! Also, this coffee cake looks divine!

  9. #
    Melissa from — October 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Not weird at all. With a cake like this all I was thinking is when can I make it!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — October 6, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Anything with crumble topping is high on my list!

  11. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m so glad he’s okay – and I would need a boat load of coffee and a whole pan of this to myself to get throug hit!!

  12. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — October 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

    UGH. My husband has been making kidney stones since he was 16, it’s horrible. We’ve had to do the surgery thing once too. I’m sure this cake did provide some comfort because it sounds amazing!!

  13. #
    Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer — October 6, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Love the crumble and the yummy combinations here. Glad the surgery went ok!

  14. #
    Amber Bracegirdle — October 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Boy oh boy, Brandy. That is NO JOKE. I’m glad Art is doing okay. I’ll repeat what Kristan told me after I had EJ – when life throws stuff at you, give yourself grace. Lots and lots of grace. You do what you can, and let the other stuff go. I’ll be thinking of you guys! And also, I want cake for breakfast now.

  15. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — October 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Yikes! 55mm? That’s freakin’ huge! I hope the next surgery goes well and his recovery is speedy.

    And I totally feel you. The Army likes to give huge chunks of leave all at once so 3 or 4 times a year, my husband has 2 weeks off and I get absolutely nothing done during that time. Like, I’m kind of dreading the month he’ll get over the holidays because I know I’ll be completely worthless the entire time.

  16. #
    DessertForTwo — October 6, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Oh, Brandy. I just know you are the strong, supportive wife. You are stronger than you think you are. I’m glad to hear Art’s surgery went well, and we’ll keep him in our thoughts and prayers for the next one, too.


  17. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — October 6, 2014 at 10:32 am

    HOLY CRAP! A 55mm kidney stone?! Art must be Superman, because I can’t even believe he was walking around with a small boulder inside of him and not really complaining. I think you are a strong, supportive wife for the simple fact that you didn’t collapse into a puddle of goo in the waiting room. Coffee cake is the perfect healer–for both of you!

  18. #
    Cookin Canuck — October 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Yikes….that is one big kidney stone! I’m glad he’s okay. You did make me chuckle with the rich socialite comment – because I am the same way when someone else is at home and I’m supposed to be working. Love, LOVE the look of this coffee cake.

  19. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wow! That is a huge kidney stone! I am glad the first surgery went well. Hopefully he recovers quickly before the next one! I’m thinking a huge slice of this yummy coffee cake would do wonders. I am loving all the flavors you have going on it!

  20. #
    Ginny McMeans — October 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I am so sorry you and your husband are going through this. You are very supportive and I love your husbands attitude. I hope he is able to eat all of this cake – it sounds fantastic!

  21. #
    Melanie — October 6, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    What a scary thing. So sorry! But this recipe looks amazing! As usual your photos make me hungry.

  22. #
    foodwanderings — October 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    It must be hard. I’ll be thinking of you both and wishing your husband a quick recover post his second op. Must be stressful but this Starbuck’s latte inspired coffee cake looks like sheer comfort!

  23. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — October 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    It’s so tough to be in the waiting room for hubby in surgery,been there, no fun! Glad he is recovering ! Cake looks amazing!

  24. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — October 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    You’re allowed to talk about kidneys and cake in the same post. Anything goes when it’s your blog! 🙂 I’m glad your husband is alright – I’m sure this cake lifted his spirits 🙂

  25. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 6, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I’m so glad that your hubby is doing better! HUGS! Hope things keep getting better! Just make him some more of this Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee Cake and I’m sure he’ll be ok!!

  26. #
    Julie — October 6, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Hope Art’s recovery goes well and that the next surgery is smooth!

  27. #
    rebecca — October 6, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    looks great wish I had a slice now

  28. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — October 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I could take a big slice of this along with my pumpkin spice coffee. And an extra helping of streusel!

  29. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — October 7, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I’ m sorry that you and Art are going through this and I do think you are strong and it’s ok to write it about it with a cake recipe. It does suck to have our loved ones go through surgery and pain. Thinking of you and Art and wish him a speedy recovery. Love your cake, btw.

  30. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — October 7, 2014 at 7:33 am

    WOW! Art must have a really high pain threshold. I’m sorry to hear that he’ll be needing another surgery but I would hope that that one will go a lot easier. Please wish him a speedy recovery and hang in there, Brandy. It’s not easy being a caretaker (no matter how much you love someone). Oh, and I totally get how you feel about the Sarah McLachlan commercials. I hate to admit it but I have to turn the channel when they come on I because I just turn into a blubbering idiot!
    Anyway, back to your recipe…it looks tremendous and that topping takes it over the edge!

  31. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Your poor husband! How miserable. I hope he heals quickly and smoothly!
    Love this coffee cake! Perfect for my morning coffee!

  32. #
    Karissa | Sweet as a Cookie — October 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

    So glad everything went well! This coffee cake looks to die for!

  33. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — October 7, 2014 at 10:00 am

    This is a seriously gorgeous cake! I would love a slice for breakfast!

  34. #
    Joanne — October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    The.Boy had to get some kind of nose surgery once and I was a total hot mess….so I get it. I hope he’s feeling better!! No more crampiness at least. 😛

    Oh man, this cake! I want a HUMUNGO slice.

  35. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — October 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    This looks amazing! I would love to have a big bite. When my husband is around I get nothing done.

  36. #
    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — October 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Is it weird that I may want to sleep with this? Yes, it’s weird…but I do. Because I don’t want to share.

  37. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 8, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I hope your hubby has a speedy recovery! I really want a huge slice of this cake with coffee!

  38. #
    kelley — October 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

    HELLO! I thought I was sick of pumpkin recipes but you’ve just proved me wrong. This is amazing. And I want it NOW.

  39. #
    Kim Beaulieu — October 9, 2014 at 12:51 am

    It’s not weird at all. I have IBS and talk about it, so you’re doing good. I am in awe of how calm your hubby was through it. I mean that’s like a small child hanging out in his kidney. He must have a high pain tolerance. Glad it went well, sorry he has another one to come. I hope you’re holding up okay. If not blog about it. Life is messy, it’s okay to share that with people. I’m surprised you can work. And impressed. And this coffee cake is gorgeous. I mean look at it. It’s beautiful.

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    Isabel — October 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Hope your husband is better and happy to have that rock out of him! I hope he managed to enjoy this mouthwatering and beautiful coffee cake
    Take care


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