Slam Dunk Cheez-It Cheeseball

by Alli

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What woman spends Friday night watching college basketball, yelling at the refs and munching on Cheez-It Grooves white cheddar crackers and a Slam Dunk Cheez-It Cheeseball?  Me!  Maybe that’s one of the reasons my husband and I are a match made in heaven!  We share a love of sports, especially basketball.  I’ve even had my photo taken with my favorite college basketball coach!

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheese Ball

A Little Smack-talk

At this point and time, our brackets are seriously messed up!  But, secretly, I love it when an underdog team that barely made it to the playoffs, upsets a highly ranked team.  I’m ecstatic that my North Carolina team is moving on up to the final 4!  Go big blue!

Serious basketball watching calls for some serious snacking. It includes my Slam Dunk Cheez-It Cheeseball featuring Original Cheddar Cheez-It Grooves.  You can find them on the cracker aisle at your nearest Target.

This may sound like smack-talk, but my cheeseball is the best I’ve ever tasted. Plus, it’s so easy to make.  It’s creamy, cheesy, with an ever-so-subtle hint of sweet that comes from the pineapple.  You can mix all the ingredients together up to a day ahead and then roll the ball in the Cheez-It Groove/chopped pecan mixture right before serving.

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheeseball

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheeseball

Here’s how I make it:  Place 2 (8 oz.) blocks of cream cheese, room temperature, in a mixing bowl.  Add well-drained crushed pineapple, chopped onion, green pepper, chopped pecans and seasoning salt.

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheeseball

Mix it all together (I use my stand mixer) and place in the fridge for about an hour or until firm.  Here’s what it looks like on it’s way to the fridge.

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheeseball

While the cheeseball mixture is lounging in the fridge, I add a cup of original Cheddar Cheez-it Grooves to my mini food processor to make fine crumbs and then mix the crumbs with a cup of chopped pecans.

Slam Dunk Cheez-It Cheeseball

Slam Dunk Cheez-it  When it’s almost time for tip-off, I remove the cheese mixture from the fridge, shape into a ball and roll it in the Cheez-it Grooves/pecan mix.

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheeseball

Slam Dunk Cheeze-It Cheese Ball


  • 2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (8-1/2 oz. can crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 cup crushed Cheez-it Grooves, original cheddar, processed in food processor to make fine crumbs.


  1. With the mixer on low, mix cream cheese, pineapple, onion, pepper, 1/2 cup pecans, and seasoned salt until well blended.
  2. Refrigerate until firm (about an hour).
  3. Roll into a ball and roll into Cheez-it Grooves/chopped pecan mixture until well covered.
  4. Serve with sharp white cheddar Cheez-it Grooves.

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To celebrate my love of the game, I used black licorice to make my Slam Dunk Cheez-it Cheeseball the MVP!  How do you like my ref koozie? It’s not a basketball party without a referee!

Slam Dunk Cheeseball

Have you ever used Cheez-its in a recipe?  What’s your favorite flavor?



Madaline March 31, 2015 - 1:57 am

You’re speaking straight to my heart! Every year for my birthday (Christmas eve) my mother gives me my very own cheese ball (and sparkling grape juice) for breakfast! Cheez-It’s got me through my pregnancy… ahha (no seriously, any time I was sick I just ate some!)

Robin (Massrhole Mommy) March 31, 2015 - 5:55 am

That is such a clever idea. I think this would be perfect to serve at parties and such! I will have to try it.

Cherri Megasko March 31, 2015 - 6:59 am

Hello … My name is Cher, and I’m a Cheez-It-a-holic! And I can’t believe I’ve never seen Cheez-It Grooves before. Must … have … Cheez-It … Grooves! I’ll be picking up some today!

Fi Ní Neachtáin March 31, 2015 - 10:29 am

This would be a great movie or party night snack. I know my boys would just love it! 🙂

David @ Spiced March 31, 2015 - 11:27 am

I’m loving the basketball theme to this delicious snack! We eat Cheez-Its all the time around here, but I need to try and save some to make this cheeseball for the game this weekend. We share a deep, deep love (borderline obsession?) for the same team…let’s bring home 2 more wins! 🙂 #client

Alli March 31, 2015 - 2:04 pm

More than a borderline obsession! 🙂 Yes, 2 more wins! We love Cheez-its around here, too, and my cheeseball barely makes it to half-time.

Shirley Wood March 31, 2015 - 12:12 pm

That cheeseball sounds scrumptious and it looks quite enticing pared with those crackers too!
We watch almost every sport in our house. My husband would keep sports on 7 days a week if I didn’t protest occasionally! I enjoy sports too, can’t lie! 🙂 It’s so nice when hubby and wife like the same things, isn’t it!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle March 31, 2015 - 12:13 pm

This is pure genius! I can’t think of a better addition to a cheese ball than Cheez Its. I mean, the name says it all.

Michelle March 31, 2015 - 1:17 pm

It’s been forever since I’ve had a cheeseball, even though I love them. I can’t wait to try this out and I love that you added Cheez-Its!

Jeanine March 31, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Wow this looks fun! I haven’t had a cheese ball in years! This would be great for a boys birthday party too!

Terri Ramsey Beavers March 31, 2015 - 4:09 pm

My grand daughter would love this, they’re really love cheeseballs. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe.

Nancy March 31, 2015 - 4:26 pm

OH MAN cheez-its are SO good. I try not to buy them because I know I’ll eat the entire box. Mouth is watering over here right now lol

Liz Mays March 31, 2015 - 6:03 pm

That cheese ball would be a big hit with my family. Both of my nephews are really talented basketball players too!

Danielle K March 31, 2015 - 7:49 pm

I absolutely love Cheez-its! I think using them on the outside of a cheese ball is brilliant and I cannot wait to make this.

Mistee Dawn March 31, 2015 - 7:57 pm

Yum! That looks absolutely delicious! And I love me some Cheez-Its! Any kind of Cheez-It is okay by me!

Olivia Schwab March 31, 2015 - 9:25 pm

This looks like an awesome snack! I love the presentation you created! Great recipe!

rochkirstin March 31, 2015 - 9:25 pm

It’s great that both of you do enjoy the same sports and also good food. I would love to try that as a snack!

Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) March 31, 2015 - 10:17 pm

This is great! I know that my husband would love this for the final games next week! Thanks for sharing!

christina aliperti March 31, 2015 - 11:13 pm

I have used Doritos but never cheez its in a recipe. Your cheeseball looks really good though. I think I will make it tomorrow with crackers for a snack!

Dorothy @ The Creative Recycler March 31, 2015 - 11:15 pm

I’m such a huge cheeseball fan! And.. my husband works for a certain company so we always have Cheez Its at our house.

celebbabylaundry March 31, 2015 - 11:18 pm

These look so cool, I never heard of anything like it before but I would love to try it

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies March 31, 2015 - 11:44 pm

My family loves to have a cheese ball at most holiday feasts! I would love to try this version of a cheese ball!

Roselynn April 1, 2015 - 12:37 am

I had not seen those new cheez it in the stores yet, must try them out! You always have such creative and fun party dishes, you make my friends think I’m a great cook haha.

Elizabeth O. April 1, 2015 - 1:08 am

Such a perfect game day snack!! I can’t wait to try it for the boys!

Chubskulit Rose April 1, 2015 - 6:14 am

I seldom buy cheeze it but seeing this creative idea, I would be trying it soon. This would be a nice thing to make when my son started playing and needed some snacks for him and his friends.

breanna April 1, 2015 - 10:42 am

That looks delicious! I love Cheez-Its. I wish that we did a bracket this year. We usually do one every year at work but things came up and right at the last minute no one tad time to organize. I won last year! I would have done okay this year I called Kentucky and Michigan State to make it to final 4!

Kori Tomelden April 1, 2015 - 12:32 pm

I always thought cheeseballs were too complicated to make which is why I haven’t attempted to make one yet. But this one doesn’t look too difficult.

Erin Kennedy April 1, 2015 - 4:03 pm

This looks so tasty! I am drooling. I love anything with cheese, and I love that it is in the shape of a Bball! So adorable! Great post!

Lisa Bristol April 1, 2015 - 4:18 pm

This looks like it is delicious. I will have to make some for out next movie night.

Kelly Hutchinson April 1, 2015 - 5:13 pm

I know it is cheesy (hee hee hee) but I really love a good cheeseball. These crackers are perfect for digging into one.

Ann Bacciaglia April 1, 2015 - 7:29 pm

This is a recipe i would love to try. I have two teenagers and all there friends that would love it.

Stephanie C. April 2, 2015 - 7:36 am

This is so great for entertaining! It looks delicious and would have everyone talking !

Carin Kilby Clark April 2, 2015 - 9:26 am

What a great snack for game day! I love Cheez-Its so I’ll definitely have to try this out. And such a great deal – I always use the Cartwheel app when I shop at Target. Thanks!

Angela McKinney April 3, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Love how it looks like a basketball. We haven’t been keeping up with the games. This looks like a yummy snack. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

Krystal April 3, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I am loving this recipe! Cheez Its can be SO good!! Love the cheese ball!


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