Best Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball Recipe

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Sweet and savory Pineapple Cheese Ball is a delicious classic appetizer for the holiday season! Cream together seasoned cream cheese, pineapple, and green bell pepper, then roll in crunchy pecans and serve with buttery crackers. This easy appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser!

Why you’ll love this Pineapple Cheese Ball recipe!

  • Sweet and Savory Flavor. The sweetness of the pineapple and tangy cream cheese is the perfect combination for this holiday appetizer.
  • Always a Hit! It makes a great party snack any time of year.
  • Easy to Prepare. The recipe is simple and quick — and no cooking is required!

Without a doubt, this classic pineapple cheese ball makes a regular appearance on our holiday table. Served with crackers, it’s salty, sweet, and totally addictive!

Not only is it always devoured at our New Year’s Eve Party it’s just as popular for game days, March Madness, and other gatherings.

Ingredients for pineapple cheese ball on a wooden table.

Ingredient notes

  • Cream cheese — Use full-fat cream cheese for a decadent and creamy cheese ball.
  • Crushed pineapple — Be sure the pineapple is well drained. It helps to put it in a fine mesh strainer and press the liquid out with the back of a spoon.
  • Bell pepper — Though I normally prefer red bell pepper, I think the bitterness of green peppers works best with this recipe.
  • Green onions — Minced white onion is a good substitute.
  • Seasoned salt — Found in the spice aisle, seasoned salt is a combination of salt, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, and black pepper. If you don’t have it in your pantry, you can easily make your own.
  • Pecans — Feel free to use another type of nuts, like walnuts or hazelnuts.

How to make a Holiday Cheese Ball

Mix it up, chill, and roll in nuts — how easy is that?!

STEP 1 | Combine the ingredients

cream cheese with pineapple and green bell pepper in a mixing bowl

Place softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese with the drained pineapple, green pepper, green onion, and seasoned salt.

If you prefer, mix all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer instead.

STEP 2 | Shape the cheese ball

assembly process for pineapple cheese ball

Next, use a rubber spatula to shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Cover and refrigerate for two to three hours (or overnight) until the mixture is a little more firm.

STEP 3 | Roll in pecans

Place the chopped pecans in a single layer on a bowl or a large sheet of plastic wrap. Gently roll cheese ball in the pecans until the outside of the cheese ball is coated all over.

STEP 4 | Wrap and chill

Finally, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • Chilling first is recommended, but if you are in a hurry, you can roll the cheese ball in the chopped nuts before refrigerating.

Variations and substitutions

If you have a nut allergy, you may wish to roll your cheeseball in one of these toppings instead:

  • Crushed pretzels
  • Toasted panko crumbs
  • Chopped parsley and herbs
  • Crisp fried and crumbled bacon

Storage tips

  • Pineapple Cheese Ball can be made ahead of time and will keep well for two weeks in the refrigerator.
  • To freeze, don’t roll the cheese ball in nuts until you are ready to serve. Wrap the cheeseball tightly in a couple of layers of plastic wrap, then store it in a resealable freezer bag for up to a month. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then roll in chopped nuts and serve.
pineapple cheese ball on a tray with crackers

Frequently asked questions

How long can you keep a cheese ball in the refrigerator?

A cheese ball will keep well in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you want to make it ahead of time, store the cheese ball wrapped in plastic wrap and wait to roll it in the chopped nuts. That way, the nuts will not get soggy.

What type of cracker goes best with Pineapple Cheese Ball?

My favorite crackers to serve with Pineapple Cheese Ball are Keebler® Toasteds® Buttercrisp crackers or Ritz Crackers. Both are buttery and salty and complement the sweet pineapple and cream cheese.

Is Pineapple Cheese Ball gluten-free?

The cheese ball ingredients are completely gluten-free but look for gluten-free crackers at the grocery if you have guests with celiac disease. Or, serve the cheese ball with veggie sticks, like carrots and celery, for a healthier option.

pineapple cheese ball on a tray with crackers

Serving suggestions

Place your Pineapple Cheese Ball on a holiday serving plate and garnish with fresh cranberries and sprigs of fresh parsley or rosemary for a festive touch.

Crackers are usually the favorite dippers for a cheese ball, but bagel chips, pita chips, toasted baguette slices, and even fresh fruits are all great options.

Looking for more savory holiday appetizers?

You can’t go wrong with these popular recipes on your party platter! Try Ham and Cheese Potato Bites, cheesy Shrimp Dip, Hot Pepper Jelly Cheese Dip, and classic BBQ Little Smokies in the slow cooker.

a pineapple cheese ball sliced open and smeared on a cracker

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This pretty wooden charcuterie board set comes with four cheese knives which are stored in a magnetic hidden drawer.

cheese board

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pineapple cheese ball on a tray with crackers

Pineapple Cheese Ball

Sweet and savory Pineapple Cheese Ball is a delicious classic appetizer for the holiday season!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 43 kcal


  • 2 8-oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In a large bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese, pineapple, green bell pepper, onion, and seasoning salt until well combined.
  • Use a rubber spatula to shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for two to three hours (or overnight) until the mixture is a little more firm.
  • Unwrap the cheese ball and roll in chopped pecans until coated all over.
  • Serve with crackers.


  • Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 weeks.
  • Pineapple cheese ball may be frozen for up to a month before rolling in the nuts. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then roll in chopped nuts when ready to serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 194mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword appetizer, cheese ball, cream cheese, nuts, pecans. cold appetizer
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Beyond the recipe

In our family, there are a certain number of foods we must consume before we feel we have sufficiently celebrated Christmas.

Like the Spinach Dip we make from the recipe on the back of the Knorr Vegetable Soup box and always serve with plenty of Triscuits.

Oh, and we must bake Ginger Cookies and a batch of Nutty Caramel Corn—even if we don’t share with anyone else!

Then, there’s this Pineapple Cheese Ball recipe that my sister-in-law’ always made for the family Christmas Eve gathering. We definitely always look forward to that!

This year, our extended families will be celebrating in smaller groups, so I’ll be making the cheeseball to enjoy at our house on Christmas Eve.

Sheila Thigpen, blogger

About Sheila Thigpen

Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer

Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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