Jeweled cheese ball: Cheddar-brandy appetizer with slivered almonds (1982)

Jeweled cheese ball Cheddar-brandy appetizer

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Originally called a “jeweled cheese ball” when this recipe was published in the 1980s, this retro-style appetizer is best described as a cheddar-brandy cheese ball, with bonus layer of slivered almonds covering the outside.

This classic brandy-tinged cheesy party dish is so easy to make — it only takes a few minutes to mix and shape. Here’s the original how- to from Land O Lakes!

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Jeweled cheese ball Cheddar-brandy appetizer recipe

Jeweled cheese ball

Yield: Approximately 50 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A retro recipe for a delicious cheddar-brandy cheese ball with slivered almonds that's perfect for parties.


  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded natural cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds


  1. In a 1-1/2 quart mixer bowl, combine all the ingredients except the almonds.
  2. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well-blended. 
  3. Shape mixture into a large ball. Roll in toasted almonds.
  4. Cover, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. Remove cheese ball from the refrigerator half an hour before serving.
  6. Serve with assorted crackers.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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