you can’t go wrong with a ball of cheese.

Right?! Who doesn’t love cheese. Let’s be real. This classic onion cheeseball doesn’t disappoint either.

I didn’t realized that this isn’t a super well known concept until a year or so ago! When my California born side of the family was like “huh? What’s a cheeseball? That looks weird…”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. They had never partaken in this grand game day and holiday appetizer?! It’s one of my favorite things so I am now on a mission to make sure it is a well known appetizer. Because really, you can’t go wrong with a big ball of cheese in this onion cheeseball.

Classic Onion Cheeseball

classic cheeseball flavors.

This is a pretty traditional cheeseball, flavored with green onions and garlic powder. It has a cream cheese base, stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, and just the right amount of green onion and garlic powder. It’s covered in sliced almonds because that gives it a nice play on texture. If you’ve never had a cheeseball before, you need this is your life. I promise. It’s so much prettier than any dip you can serve. It’s a definite (and delicious) conversation starter. 

Onion Cheeseball

appetizer ftw.

This really is one of my favorite appetizers. It’s fantastic during football season because finger foods are a must, and cheese & crackers…well it just works with football. This appetizer can also carry over into the holiday season. Because it looks so pretty, it can easily pass as a fancy appetizer at your work holiday party. But yet it can be the centerpiece for tailgating?! Yeah. It’s a pretty awesome and versatile appetizer. You will definitely want to add it to your arsenal.

Classic Onion Cheeseball Appetizer

Classic Onion Cheeseball

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
These cheeseball has a nice onion flavor and is covered beautifully in sliced almonds.
Print Recipe


  • 16 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 2 Green Onions sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup Sliced Almonds


  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients except for the sliced almonds until well combined. Form roughly into a ball shape.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap on the counter. Pour ⅓ of the almonds onto the middle of the plastic wrap. 
  • Dump out the cheeseball onto the pile of almonds.
  • Pour another ⅓ of almonds on top of the cheeseball, and spread the remaining ⅓ onto the sides of the cheeseball. 
  • Wrap up the cheeseball with the plastic wrap and help make it into a ball shape.
  • Chill for 2 hours before serving.

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