Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball

Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball

This super cute Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball will be the hit of your next summer party. It’s really easy to make and is crazy delicious too!

Vertical image of a pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers and colorful napkins
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Cream cheese, pineapple, bacon, and pecans (along with a few other ingredients) combine to make a tasty luau appetizer your family and friends won’t soon forget!

The count down is on. In a mere few days, my husband and I will be hosting one of the biggest backyard parties we’ve ever thrown. I’m nervous, excited, and exhausted. Who’s idea was this, anyway? LOL

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball is available at the end of this post.

Closeup photo of a pineapple cheese ball with pecans and crackers

The ingredient list; 

  • Cream Cheese
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Whole Pecans
  • Scallions
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Prepared Horseradish
  • Crackers
  • Whole Pineapple (for the leaves)

Can this Hawaiian cheese ball appetizer be made in advance?

That’s a big whopping YES!!

Because the flavor of this tropical appetizer improves with time, I recommend chilling it for at least 4 hours (overnight also works) in the refrigerator before serving.

Wrap it well with plastic wrap and allow the cheeseball to come to room temperature before serving.

Store the pineapple leaves in a bowl of water, cut side down, to keep the leaves fresh and green.

Right before serving, add the pineapple leaf “crown” which has been dried with paper towels.

How many people will this pineapple cheese ball serve?


But, I’ve also seen it devoured by a small handful of people in only a matter of minutes. It’s that good!

Since we’re having the dinner portion of our Hawaiian luau catered (we’re doing a pig roast with all the sides, and fixins) I wanted to make all the appetizers and desserts myself.

Little by little, over the past week I’ve been baking and creating up a storm.

My freezer and fridge are piled full of cookies, brownies, dips, and, of course, this pineapple cheese ball.

Pineapple Cheese Ball
Photo of pineapple cheese ball from our 2015 backyard luau.

I can’t take credit for coming up with the structural idea for this pineapple cheese ball.

I don’t recall where I actually saw it, but it was most likely Pinterest.

However, what I can take credit for is coming up with the actual recipe.

With my sister sitting at my kitchen table, she can account for how I started dumping ingredients into a bowl and mixed them up until it tasted just right.

We know.

We tested it. LOL

Overhead photo of a pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers.

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Our Hawaiian Luau:

I’m super excited to (virtually) be going to Hawaii in a few days, and I’m thrilled to be able to take you on this little tour of our Hawaiian Luau party. No luggage required.

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The easy instructions for making an aloha pineapple cheese ball:

  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the softened cream cheese, bacon, chopped pecans, scallions, cheddar cheese, horseradish, and crushed pineapple until combined.
  • Place the cream cheese mixture onto a serving platter and shape to form a pineapple.
  • Press the whole pecans lightly to the outside of the cheese ball.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Top with the pineapple leaf “crown” before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature for best flavor.
  • Grab the crackers, your favorite tropical drink, and dig in!! 🙂
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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Aloha Pineapple Cheese ball
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

4.8 from 10 votes
pineapple cheeseball on a platter with crackers and flowers in the background
Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Chill Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 20 mins

Cream cheese, pineapple, bacon, and pecans (along with a few other ingredients) combine to make a tasty appetizer your family and friends won't soon forget!

Course: Appetizer Dip, Luau food, party food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Aloha pineapple cheeseball, Hawaiian Party Foods, luau food, pineapple cheeseball
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 825 kcal
Renee – Kudos Kitchen: Renée
  • 2 8 ounce blocks cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple drained and squeezed dry
  • 1 whole pineapple twist off leaves and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup bacon bits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup prepared horseradish
  • ½ cup chopped scallions
  • cups whole pecans
  1. Remove the leaves from the whole pineapple, cut in half. Place them in water, cut side down. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, blend together the remaining ingredients.

  3. Spray hands with cooking spray.

  4. Form the cream cheese mixture on a platter to form a pineapple shape.

  5. Press the whole pecans lightly onto the pineapple cheeseball to cover.

  6. Pat the one half of the pineapple leaves dry with paper towels and press into place on the "top" of the pineapple cheeseball.

  7. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours for the flavors to marry.

  8. Serve at room temperature with crackers or cut vegetables.

Nutrition Facts
Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 825 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Fat 68g105%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 1028mg45%
Potassium 515mg15%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 12g50%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 14.3mg17%
Calcium 322mg32%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed Aloha Pineapple Cheese ball recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Overhead vertical photo of a pineapple cheese ball with crackers, flowers, and colorful napinks

Last year I painted these Hawaiian inspired champagne flutes and wine glasses for a couple that had a destination wedding. I used their wedding invitation as my inspiration. I just love the way they turned out, and so did the bride and groom! Aloha!

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  1. I was a little confused by the title and thought there would be pineapple in the recipe but there isn't and it's a savory delicious low carb cheese ball and I love it! Hope you have a wonderful party!

    • I know, I probably should have called it something else, but, it is what it is…only with no pineapple in the mix. LOL. In all truthfulness, there is pineapple in so many of the other dishes I'm serving, and I didn't want to over do the whole pineapple thing. This one gets the point across, but without the pineapple flavor.
      Thanks for visiting, Brenda! I appreciate the comment 🙂

  2. Your party is going to be amazing! Have a BLAST in Hawaii and I cannot wait to see pictures 🙂 Renee – this is gorgeous!

  3. How cool?! It does look like a pineapple only it's a cheese ball!! 🙂 Have a great trip to Hawaii. I haven't been so I'll be living vicariously!

  4. This is so stinking cute. I must try it asap. I can see this being a huge hit at any party.

  5. This is such a cute idea! I have a feeling it will be a big hit at your shin-dig.

  6. This is so adorable! It's perfect for a summer party!

  7. Sounds like a party I want to be at! This cheese ball is so much fun and it sounds delicious!

  8. OMG this is so cute! This is the perfect addition to your party 🙂

  9. Brandy O'Neill

    5 stars
    Adorable and oh so fun!

  10. 5 stars
    How Cute! I love the presentation of this cheeseball! Very clever! I can not wait for summer to come to try this out 😀

  11. Renee, this is such a fun and simple to make party treat! On my to do list! Thank you for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a picture perfect recipe for a luau party! You are so talented! Love how all the flavors marry together and really takes on that tropical feel. This was so delicious and I’m sure it went over really well at your party. Btw, I love those glasses you painted too!

  13. This will be a great addition to any party food. So tropical!

  14. Lindsay Cotter

    5 stars
    Such a fun and easy appetizer! Perfect for summer BBQs and parties!

  15. Such a fun and creative idea! I love it!

  16. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic idea! What a festive way to present an appetizer…I can see why you say it goes fast in a crowd! I love how the pecans make it look like a pineapple. I love anything pecans and anything pineapple. There are so many different kinds of crackers to serve it with, and I can imagine you can with vegetables, too, for a healthy option (like celery, carrots, sliced sweet bell peppers).

    • I’m so glad you enjoy this appetizer. Yes, the pecans really make it fun…and tasty! I love pecans so I decided to add them inside the cheeseball as well. I love the extra flavor and crunch they lend! Enjoy, and happy summer!!

  17. 4 stars
    Took FOREVER to finally get to the recipe (I get recipe blogs need the length for advertising space but this one was hard to find even scrolling to the bottom) but once I did I got the proportions if the ingredients and whipped it up! I added an extra block of cream cheese, a little extra bacon and forgot to buy green onions, but the cheese ball was a hit!

    Would add a picture but I don’t see the option…

    • Hello, Ginny!
      So glad you liked the recipe and it was a hit! It’s definitely one of my favorites and if you ever make it again (and I hope you do), try and remember those green onions. They really give the extra flavor component you don’t know is missing, until you know it’s missing. BTW, sorry you had problems finding the recipe card for all the scrolling. This recipe post was one I recently updated from several years ago and for many reasons, it’s near and dear to my heart so I didn’t feel like editing a lot of that stuff out. If there was a way to highlight the recipe card, I would. Maybe that feature will be available in the future. Anyway, thanks for the comment! Have a great day!

  18. Deborah Susi

    Are the pecans toasted? They look like it.

    • Hi, Deborah! I actually did not toast the pecans, BUT, you will get a fuller, richer, pecan flavor if you do. The choice is always yours. Either way, it’s a great recipe!
      Thanks for the question!

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