Cheese Truffles Recipe & “Grape Cluster” Display Idea

mini cheese truffles recipe

Say goodbye to one big cheese ball {that’s so retro} and say hello to mini cheese truffles! It seems like it wouldn’t be a party without a cheese item on the menu, but people also seem to be intimidated by one large cheese ball sitting on the table – no one wants to be the first one to cut into it, or maybe they don’t like “community” food, or whatever. Well, here’s a solution – make this cheese ball recipe, roll it into tiny “truffles,” and form them into a “grape cluster” display that will have everyone digging in.

cheese ball recipe - "grape cluster" cheese truffles

I put this recipe together a few years ago by combining some of my favorite flavors from other recipes. It’s been a hit with our taste buds, and forming it into a cluster that looks like grapes makes for a fantastic and whimsical party presentation. The recipe makes a lot so split the prepared mixture into two and freeze one half for last minute entertaining {after it’s thawed of course}.

Cheese Ball Recipe

  • 2 – 8 ounce blocks cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 3/4 of a packet of Ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided in half
  • Dash of Worcestershire
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients together {saving 1/2 the pecans for coating the outside}. Form into 2 large balls or mini truffles and roll in chopped pecans to coat.

Chill in refrigerator for a few hours so flavors can blend together.

To make the grape cluster, start placing several mini truffles at the top and tapper down to a single truffle at the bottom. Let them curve so it looks natural.

Begin placing more truffles on top to form the cluster.

Top with celery leaves, or grape leaves if available.

Serve with crackers or baguette slices.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Love the cheese truffles! It’s great because I am always paring something crunchy like crackers or nuts with my cheese and these have the crunch built right in!

  2. Super cute idea! Great way to keep the platter looking tidy instead of tearing into a larger cheese ball spread! Thanks for the idea!


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