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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 it’s crazy delicious too!

Vertical image of a pineapple cheese ball on a platter with crackers and colorful napkins
 
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!

**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. OR hit the “Jump to Recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.

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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?

Lots!

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

How this recipe came to be:

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

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.

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

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

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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 the best flavor.
  • Grab the crackers, your favorite tropical drink, and dig in!! 🙂
 
 
 
Overhead vertical photo of an aloha pineapple cheese ball with pecans and crackers on a serving platter with a title text overlay graphic
 

Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information for today’s Aloha Pineapple Cheese ball

 

 

Yield: 4 cups

Aloha Pineapple Cheese Ball

pineapple cheeseball on a platter with crackers and flowers in the background

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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1½ cups whole pecans

Instructions

  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 Information

Yield

4 cups

Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 825Total Fat 68gSaturated Fat 12gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 30mgSodium 1028mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 12gSugar 14gProtein 28g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software. Please be aware that it isn't always 100% accurate.

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Beth

Friday 19th of June 2020

WAY too much horseradish! 1 TBsp would have been find, but as is there's no "Aloha" only horseradish. Bummed because it looks good but not so good once you taste.

Renée

Friday 19th of June 2020

So sorry you feel that way. Obviously we disagree. Any chance you left out the pineapple? Oh well, Beth! Thanks for leaving your opinion. Wish it could have been better. Take good care, Renee

Deborah Susi

Sunday 21st of July 2019

Are the pecans toasted? They look like it.

Renée

Sunday 21st of July 2019

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! Renee

Ginny

Saturday 6th of July 2019

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...

Renée

Sunday 7th of July 2019

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! Renee

Millican Pecan

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

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).

Renée

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

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!!

Toni

Thursday 27th of June 2019

Such a fun and creative idea! I love it!

Renée

Sunday 30th of June 2019

Thanks, Toni!

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