This Everything Bagel Cheese Ball recipe is such a fun appetizer! It’s deliciously rich and flavorful, and can be made completely ahead of time.

I’ve always loved a good Cheese Ball and will look for any reasonable excuse to make one for a gathering or holiday. 

Cheese Ball Recipe - Coated in Everything Bagel Seasoning

While they can be coated in many different ingredients, like herbs or nuts or toasted breadcrumbs, I love Everything Bagel Seasoning. The pops of sesame, poppy seeds, onion, and garlic work really well here.

I first posted this recipe on my Youtube channel in 2015 and somehow missed posting it here. But it’s a worthy addition to the blog’s library of recipes, and as you’ll see, very simple to make.

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball - With Crackers on Wooden Board

How to Make this Cheese Ball Recipe:

I recommend using a food processor for ease and speed, but I also have instructions to make this by hand, if you don’t have one. 

Shred the Cheddar First

Using the shredding disk, shred a block of white cheddar cheese:

Shredded Cheddar In Food Processor Bowl

Freshly shredded cheese is better than the pre-shredded kind, particularly because it doesn’t have any anti-caking agents. Always shred fresh if you can!

Add the Remaining Ingredients

Add a block of softened cream cheese, freshly sliced chives, ground chipotle pepper, and cayenne pepper:

Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Chives, Chipotle Pepper, and Cayenne Pepper in Food Processor

You may notice that I don’t add any salt here. I have found it unnecessary since the cheese is already fairly salty.

Blend It Up

Run the food processor for about 1 minute, until everything is combined. You may need to scrape down the sides once or twice.

Blended Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Chives, Chipotle Pepper, and Cayenne Pepper in Food Processor

Shape the Cheese Ball

Scrape the cheese mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap:

Cheese Ball Mixture on Plastic Wrap

Pick up the sides of the plastic wrap and begin to shape it into a ball:

Shaping the Cheese Ball Recipe Mixture Using Plastic Wrap

Fully wrap the ball, then cup and roll with your hands to get it as close to a sphere as possible.

Fully Shaped Ball of Cheese with hands Cupping It

Don’t worry if the edges are a bit uneven, since we’ll be coating the outside later anyway.

Refrigerate Until Firm

Pop the ball into the fridge for an hour, then unwrap:

Refrigerated Firm Cheese Ball on Plastic Wrap

It should be quite firm at this point.

Coat the Outside

Place Everything Bagel Seasoning on a plate and roll the cheese ball to coat the edges:

Rolling the Cheese Ball in Everything Bagel Seasoning

Serve with Crackers

The everything bagel cheese ball recipe is officially a wrap! Pile some crackers around the sides, and it is ready to go.

Cream Cheese Ball - Coated in Everything Bagel Mix  

I do recommend using a sturdy cracker that’s in the “Wheat Thins style,” or to serve with a cheese knife (affiliate) so people can cut and spread the cheese. 

Puff Pastry Cheese StrawsMac and Cheese Cups, Baked Brie and Stuffed Mini Peppers are some of my other favorite cheesy appetizers. Enjoy!

Cheese Ball Recipe FAQ and Tips:

Storing for Make Ahead: Make the recipe up to the point of refrigerating the cheese ball, but do not roll in the seasoning. Roll in the seasoning mix right before serving. You can make ahead up to 3 days in advance.

Storing Leftovers: Wrap the entire cheese ball in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freezing: This actually stores decently in the freezer, for up to 2 months in an airtight container.

Other Coatings: If you don’t want to use the everything bagel seasoning, try coating in herbs like chopped chives, nuts like chopped pecans, or toasted breadcrumbs.

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball Recipe with Crackers on Wooden Board

Everything Bagel Cheese Ball

This Everything Bagel Cheese Ball recipe is a great appetizer that's deliciously rich and flavorful.

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  • 8 oz white cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • .5 oz package fresh chives* sliced (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp everything bagel seasoning
  • crackers for serving


  • Food processor instructions: Using the shredding blade, shred the cheddar cheese.
  • Leave the cheddar in the food processor container, but switch to the standard processing blade. Add the cream cheese, sliced chives, ground chipotle, and cayenne pepper.
  • Process the ingredients until everything is combined, about 1 minute. You may need to stop to scrape down the sides if the ingredients clump too much.
  • Scrape the mixture on to a piece of plastic wrap and use the plastic to shape the cheese into a ball. Refrigerate for one hour until firm.
  • When ready to serve, place the everything bagel mix on a plate, unwrap the cheese ball, and roll to coat the outside. Serve with crackers, and enjoy!
  • No food processor? Shred the cheese using a handheld shredder, and combine everything else with a hand mixer, or by hand with a wooden spoon. Place the mixture on the plastic wrap and continue as directed above.


*Scallions are also great, if you prefer to use those instead of chives. It's a little bit stronger.


Calories: 282kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 620mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 946IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 310mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.