Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

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A delicious and simple-to-make holiday appetizer: pistachio crusted cheese ball/log with fresh herbs and dried apricot

This cheeseball has been wildly popular with everyone that has tried it! I recently took them to an event and they were a big a huge hit! But the best part is: they are ridiculously easy to make. In fact, there are only SIX ingredients (besides salt and pepper!): goat cheese, cream cheese, dried apricots, fresh thyme, pistachios, and chives.

To make, you simply mix everything together besides the pistachios and chill the mixture in the shape of a ball or log. Once it’s set, roll it in those chopped pistachios and served with some delicious crackers!

Tips to make the BEST Cheeseball:

  • Use fresh herbs: this recipe only calls for two (thyme and scallions) so make sure you get them fresh for the best possible flavor!
  • Make sure the apricots are fresh: feel through the bag before you purchase to ensure the apricots are soft and feel fresh. If they aren’t, it will make for hard bites in the cheeseball.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened to room temperature. To soften the cream cheese quickly, place a completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 10-15 seconds, check, then microwave for an additional 10-15 seconds as needed. You don’t want it at all melted, just heat it up to room temperature.
  • If you can’t find pistachios already roasted you can roast them yourself for LOTS of additional flavor. To toast pistachios in the oven, spread the nuts in single layer in a baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until just fragrant. (More information here).

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Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

5 from 3 votes
A delicious and simple-t0-make holiday appetizer: pistachio-crusted goat cheese ball/log with fresh herbs and dried apricot
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Pistachio Crusted Cheese Ball

5 from 3 votes
A delicious and simple-t0-make holiday appetizer: pistachio-crusted goat cheese ball/log with fresh herbs and dried apricot
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword pistachio crusted cheese ball
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 as an appetizer
Calories 96kcal


  • 8 ounces good quality goat cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons scallions or green onions, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • Freshly cracked pepper and salt, to taste
  • Harvest Stone Crackers, for serving


  • Allow the goat cheese and cream cheese to come to room temperature (soften the cream cheese in the microwave for just a little if needed) and then place in a bowl attached to a stand mixer.
  • Beat the two until just combined. 
  • Add in the finely chopped dried apricots, finely chopped scallions or green onions, and chopped fresh thyme. Add salt and pepper to taste (remembering the nuts are also salted).
  • Beat until the ingredients are combined and then scoop the mixture onto a large sheet of plastic wrap.
  • Using the wrap, knead the mixture together and form a long log or cheese ball. Wrap tightly in the plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or until firm. (I like to chill it overnight to allow the flavors to really meld!)
  • Coarsely chop the shelled pistachios on a cutting board and then unwrap the cheese ball or log right on top of the chopped nuts. Roll the ball around and use your hands to gently attach the pistachios to the ball or log until it is completely coated in nuts.
  • Serve with crackers!

Recipe Notes

*Total time doesn't include chilling time for the cheeseball which is a recommended overnight period.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 96kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    This was a big hit at a potluck! Fantastic recipe. Very creamy, Definitely a keeper and will make again. Keep up the good work!

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