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Delicious Cherry Cheese Log

Cherry Cheese Log may be a delicious holiday party appetizer made with cheese, maraschino cherries, and rolled in pecans. It’s easy to form ahead too!

You won’t attend a celebration this season without running into a savory cheeseball or two but a bit like my Chocolate spread Cheeseball, this Cherry Cheese Log is more of a dessert before dinner quite Appetizer Recipe. It’s sweet and creamy, balanced by crunchy, buttery pecans.

Delicious Cherry Cheese Log
Delicious Cherry Cheese Log

This recipe for Cherry Cheese Logs is large enough to form 2 full appetizers, which is great for prepping ahead. you'll pop one among your Cherry Cheese Logs within the refrigerator until your guests have gobbled down the primary one.

Serving Tips:

  • Cherry Cheese Logs are very easy to form especially once you start with softened cheese . i like to recommend leaving it out at temperature for about half-hour before starting. It’ll not only make the blending process easier but it’ll prevent lumps throughout the logs too.
  • If you’ve forgotten to require it out, don’t worry, you'll always microwave it by placing 1 block of completely unwrapped cheese at a time into a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it for 15 seconds.

Delicious Cherry Cheese Log


  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries
  • 24 ounces cream cheese , 3 blocks (packages) softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 orange , zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup pecans , chopped


  1. Drain the cherries, then rinse them very well.
  2. Chop the cherries, rinse them again and dry them with a paper towel until the paper towel is not becoming red every time it touches them (the cherries must be very dry and well rinsed).
  3. In your stand mixer (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese, sugar, orange zest, and ground ginger until well combined then barely fold in the cherries.
  4. Scoop the cream cheese mixture onto a large 15x30 piece of plastic wrap.
  5. Shape the cream cheese into a log like mixture then close the plastic wrap over it and twist the edges in opposite directions until you have a tight log shape.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. Remove the cheese from the refrigerate and unroll from the plastic wrap then roll it in the pecan pieces until well coated.