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Cooking With Kids: Holiday Cheese Balls

Cooking with Kids Hliday Cheese Balls

Cooking With Kids: Holiday Cheese Balls

 Today’s story surrounds the possibilities of treasured memories gathered over the holiday season by bringing the young ones into the kitchen and sharing special moments together as part of the festive food preparations.

There are lots of creative opportunities beyond traditional Christmas cookie baking, stirring the caramel through big bowls of fluffy popcorn and rolling them into balls, or perhaps even adhering assorted gum drops and candies onto the gingerbread house.  


Today our Cooking with Kids: Holiday Cheese Balls provides for a little mixing or pulsing action in blending together the cheeses then adding personal creative touches of their own for the finish.

Small bowls or dishes set with prepped accompaniments provide decorating fun in really any variety of choices, strips of seasoned roasted red peppers, black olives, chopped pecans, chopped fresh parsley, or any other colorful savory, perhaps even subtle flavors of sweet.

Rolling or attaching individual touches provides kids seasonal entertaining contributions of their own, masterpieces that can be displayed with pride at any holiday gathering, making hearts feel happy and bright. Like I said, the real story is not only about the ingredients chosen, it’s the possibilities of the treasured memories gathered together, these are the special moments of the season.

Cooking With Kids: Holiday Cheese Balls

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Category: Appetizers

Yield: 3 cheese balls

Cooking With Kids: Holiday Cheese Balls


  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces each grated white and orange cheddar cheeses
  • 1-2 teaspoons Coleman's prepared British mustard
  • a few shakes, Worcestershire sauce, plus more to taste
  • a few shakes,Tabasco sauce, plus more to taste
  • 1 small shallot, very finely grated
  • For the Cheese Ball Decorative Decorative Toppings: any selection of finely chopped fresh parsley, chopped pecans, black and green olives, seasoned roasted red peppers


  1. Preparing the Cheese Balls: Add the cream cheese into a large mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, whip, add in the yellow and white cheeses, continuing to beat until the cheeses are well blended together. Add in mustard, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and shallots, blend until ingredients are well incorporated. Remove cheese mixture to a platter, divide into thirds molding each to a ball shape before decorating. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Un-decorated Cheese Balls may be wrapped in freezer paper and frozen for a month. Defrost in refrigerator, decorate, serve.

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  1. Posted December 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    You had me at cheese, Peggy! I love it when kids are in the kitchen too. You can teach them so much about different ways to do things, share stories of generations past, foster creativity, allow for tactile learning, feed the senses, teach sustainability and healthy eating, and so much more. Kudos to you for including your grandson in your culinary pursuits. What a wonderful role model he has in you!
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    • Posted December 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kelly, thanks so much. I so agree, cooking with kids is such a fabulous sharing and learning experience. I began cooking with Jason at 6 months, I would pop him up on the Bumba chair on the bar stool pushed into the kitchen island then guide his fingers with the measuring spoons and cups and just talk to him as we were going along, he loved it, and was so good never grabbing at other things, amply entertained doing what we were doing at the moment. Since you are a teacher and know children so well, I’m sure you know that timing is important too, along with keeping things fun.

  2. TheKitchenLioness
    Posted December 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Peggy, it is always fun getting the kids involved with savory as well as sweet recipes – creates the best memories (apart from the wonderful food, of course)! Although I have seen many recipes for Cheese Balls, I have never actually made them or seen them around here! Well, there is always a first time!

    • Posted December 11, 2015 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Hi Andrea, Thanks much. I really enjoy getting my grandson involved in the kitchen and I know you do so with your children too, a nice opportunity for great memories as well as learning!

  3. Posted December 10, 2015 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous is the word to describe this post. A superb picture and beautiful story. Thank you for sharing this festive feast, Peggy.
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    • Posted December 11, 2015 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Thank you so much Jolma! Hope you are well and enjoying the holiday season. Looking forward to seeing your next post on Beyond Her Kitchen!

  4. Posted January 4, 2016 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    The recipe sounds great, but that being said, the thought process of creating memories through making these is spot on. I can imagine doing this with kids would be perfect.
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    • Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi P. J. Thanks so much. Making the cheese balls proved great holiday fun for my grandson! I’ve just checked out your 2015 in review video- really nice job. Wishing you as many happy memories in 2016!

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