Pineapple Cheese Ball

I love a good appetizer recipe, especially if that recipe is quick, easy and tastes great! This is a recipe that comes from my grandma’s cookbook, but I jazzed up the flavor a little by adding a couple of ingredients.  It is definitely a keeper! It is SO EASY to throw together and tastes GREAT!  My husband raved about this cheese ball!

4.7 from 9 reviews
Pineapple Cheese Ball
This Cheese ball is a crowd favorite and so easy to make!
Recipe type: Appetizer
  • 1-1/2 packages (12 oz) cream cheese
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple (well drained)
  • powdered sugar (to taste- approximately 2-3 Tbsp.)
  • green onion (optional-to taste, approximately 2 Tbsp.)
  • chopped ham (optional-to taste, approximately 2-3 Tbsp. I used deli meat ham)
  • chopped pecans (about 1 cup worth)
  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. Mash into a ball and chill.
  3. Roll in crushed pecans.
  4. Refrigerate until served. Serve with crackers.


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  1. You make me miss my Mommy! (not gone, but 2300 miles away this Christmas)…she loved to make us cheese balls!Maybe with your cute recipe I'll do some up this year, ay? Yup, yup, think I WILL! :DVisiting via: TT &J linky party,Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  2. This sounds delicious! I like to mix cream cheese together w/crushed pineapple to eat on celery. I can't wait to try that combination in a cheese ball! :-)

  3. The family loved this!!! I did increase the amount of ham and green onions a bit. I also helped drain the crushed pineapple by using a papertowel to absorb as much of the juices as possible. The pecans I toasted before chopping and I chose to chop them very fine. DELICIOUS!!!

  4. Kelly

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I just made it today for a BBQ and keep sneaking in for a bite. So good!!

    • My wife is at the store right now, getting ingredients for this. Its for a friends going-away party. I hope he likes it. Going to pair a Moscato d’Asti wine with it.


      • Joanne

        the ingredients call for a cup of chopped pecans, then it says to roll the finished cheese ball in the crushed pecans. So the chopped ones go in the cheese ball and then you need more?

        • Betty Hoskins

          I don’t put pecans in mine, I just use all of them to roll it in, you can increase the pecans if it doesn’t cover, but its still very good when only rolling it in pecans

  5. Judy Hobdy

    I saw your recipe on pinterest. I’ve been making this appetizer for the past 37 years. But I use dried beef instead of ham. It can be found in the canned meat section of the grocery. Comes in a little clear jar. Smells strong when you open it up, but the flavor is awesome in this recipe. I hope you give it a try. This is one of my family’s most requested appetizer.

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  7. jan jones

    Wow, I have made this cheeseball for years, and everyone LOVES it. I will have to try it with the powdered sugar and pineapple as well. I have also added shredded cheddar and bacon on occasion.

  8. I love cheeseballs and you can make them with your favorite chutney also. 1 brick of cream cheese and your favorite chutney, mix well, roll in your favorite nuts!

  9. Beverly

    I used to make a cheese ball very similar to this almost 40 years ago. It was awesome, but somehow over the years I forgot bout it. Thanks for reminding me. Mine called for 2 -8 oz packages cream cheese 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper. Mine didn’t have the powdered sugar in it, but sounds great–I will add that the next time!

  10. Marianne Lau

    Wow, I took a chance on this recipe & was slightly worried it wouldn’t taste good.. I made it for a church social event. But, it did NOT disappoint. I was delicious & looks pretty with the pecans. I even added a few chopped onions to the top. Really pretty. Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Betty Hoskins

      no you should never freeze soft cheese, and cream cheese is a soft cheese, when it thaws it will be very watery, maybe even runny.

  11. Shari

    I found this recipe about a year ago. I must say it’s absolutely delicious! If you want to make an appetizer to please a crowd and have them asking you for the recipe, this is it!!! It’s inexpensive to make and is yummy!

  12. Jessica

    The cheeseball is very good, but can definitely go without the powdered sugar. My husband and I used honey glazed ham which makes up for the sweetness. We also added a little celery for added crunch. Over all very good.

  13. Veronica

    This was surprisingly good. I used more ham and green onions and left out the pecans; I didn’t like the taste with the pecans in it. I think next time I’ll used chopped water chestnuts for some crunch factor.

  14. Lisa W.

    My family has made this forever, sans the sugar and adding a little finely chopped green pepper….we love it! This is an easy, pretty food for company or just ‘cuz!

  15. Linda Girardot

    This cheeseball is calling my name!!!!! Must make one of these, asap and enjoy it, soon! Thanks for this easy to do, simple, fast, awesome, recipe!

  16. Lisa P

    This has been my “go to” appetizer for years. My recipe uses regular onion & a couple of tablespoons of A-1 instead of the pineapple so can’t wait to try out your version. I have shaped mine into cones and used almonds to look like pine cones w/rosemary “needles” for special occasions. I’ve been equally lazy and stirred the nuts in and called it dip. Great warm and also good on bagels!

  17. Trudy K. Corriveau

    I Love cheese balls like this. will certainly try this one. Thanks for this easy recipe!..:-)

  18. Debbie Ross

    I have fixed this on more than one occasion and I have used mesquite shaved turkey as well it is Awesome :p

  19. We do not add the powdered sugar or ham and we DO add about a half a green bell pepper, chopped fine. If you don’t tell people they can’t figure out the pineapple is in there. It’s a real crowd pleaser.

  20. Cheryl Morgan

    I cannot copy this recipe off and I would love to have it in my baking file. Love to try new things…

  21. Crystal

    My mom makes this to but she uses dried beef and a dash or two of worchester sauce and we all love it

  22. Erin Johnson

    I omit the meat and instead of a ball, I just throw everything, including the nuts in a serving bowl and make a dip! Same flavor way faster! I also make sure the pineapple is very, very well drained. Like, leave it on a paper towel for an hour drained. If its not thoroughly drained like that, I find the pineapple flavor too overwhelming.

    • Ginny

      Why the powdered sugar???? This isn’t supposed to be a sweet spread, is it? It looks so yummy, but when I make it, I don’t think I’ll add sugar.

  23. Sharon

    This is amazing! I also tried it with dried cranberries and cinnamon! That one was a hit at Christmas dinner! The pineapple one went great at the family BBQ!!

  24. I love cheese balls. I have made a cream cheese one similar to this. It is with a container of whipped cream and chives . To it add chopped pepperoni and continue as with your recipe So very very good.

  25. Lori

    You should try substituting the ham with Dried Beef (chop it) and it makes ALL the difference! Yum (dried beef comes in a jar on the aisle where tuna is normally… It looks almost like salami when u take it out of the jar

  26. Marjorie Cureton

    Thought this was going to b the recipe i used to use in the 70’s. Cream cheese, pineapple, green pepper and rolled in pecans or walnuts. It was always gobbled down.

  27. Ruthann Dreyer

    Made this recipe on several occasions. Every time it was a hit. Don’t hesitate to make this. It is so easy to modify. I added a little more green onions and chopped shaved ham with my dip. It turned out delicious. This is definitely on our Christmas Dinner menu. Makes a wonderful before dinner appetizer.

  28. Cassie

    This recipe was so easy and tasted phenomenal! My guests were eating it directly out of the bowl, I never had the chance to roll it in a ball!

  29. ShaNnon

    on your pineapple cheese ball I want to know if you have a nut free alternative for people with allergies to nuts… Want to make this but I have two kids with allergies to all nut items

  30. Cheryl Scott

    Just wondering if it would be okay to just add the nuts and mix instead of waiting till chilled and rolling it in the nuts? If so I am ready to add them!!!

  31. Tammy

    Mine is just like this ,omit onions ,but roll in 4 slices of crispy fried bacon ,crumbled ,half the chopped pecans. And 2 tablespoons brown sugar mix togather then roll cheese ball in mixture chill yummm

    • Tammy

      By the way I have used your mixture with out the ham ,but spread it on a slice of ham roll up pretty and great tasting that way too