Festive Olive Cheese Ball

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Ready In

    40 m
Rachel Burns
Recipe by  Rachel Burns

“This is a cheese ball that has olives, butter and garlic in it, and it is rolled in walnuts - we enjoyed it every year at Christmas as children.”

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Original recipe yields 16 servings



  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and margarine until well blended. Mix in the green olives and garlic powder. Shape into a ball, and roll in chopped walnuts to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving, but preferably overnight. Serve with an assortment of crackers.

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This cheese ball is wonderful! It has become an annual addition to my Christmas Eve appetizers. It is extremely simple, beautiful to look at, and wonderfully tasty - I serve it with assorted bagel chips.



This cheese ball is awesome!!!! I had something like it at a wedding and I have been searching for a recipe for years now! If you like olives you will love this recipe. Quick and easy, a great last minute recipe when you need an appetizer.



Just what I was kinda looking for. Simple but very tasty. I didn't have garlic powder. Used 4 cloves of smashed roasted garlic. Let it rest overnight. Take out of fridge at least 1/2 hour before serving. ---thank you for recipe

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Amount Per Serving (16 total)

  • Calories
  • 159 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 16.5 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs
  • 1.8 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 263 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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