Make your Easter meal extra special by serving this adorable Hatching Chick Cheese Ball. This delicious bacon cheddar cheese ball is decorated with slices of white and orange cheese to make the cutest Easter cheese ball ever!
I couldn't be more excited to share this cute Easter Cheese Ball recipe with you.
It's so fun for me to create Easter appetizers in addition to all the fun desserts I make every year. My Mini Baby Chick Cheese Balls and my Mini Bunny Butt Cheese Balls have been so popular that this year I wanted to get back into the kitchen to craft a full-size cheese ball for Easter.
I hope your family falls in love with this Hatching Chick Cheese Ball and that they request it every year! It's a simple cheese ball recipe that's decorated with slices of orange and white cheese.
You'll want to buy 8-ounce blocks of white (Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or White Cheddar) and orange (Cheddar or American) cheese to make your decorations. You'll need a wire cheese slicer so that you can slice the cheese along the wide edge. You want slices that are about 5 inches by 2 inches.
step 1: make your cheese decorations
- Slice an 8-ounce block of white cheese into three long thin slices.
- Cut one slice into the top half of a cracked egg that's about 4 ¼ inches wide by about 1 ½ - 2 inches high.
- Then, cut another slice into the bottom half of a cracked egg using the same dimensions.
- In the final slice of cheese, cut out two 1 ½-inch circles and two ½-inch circles.
- Brush black food coloring over the two smaller circles to create pupils for the white eyes. You could use black olives instead.
- Cut two slices from an 8-inch block of cheddar cheese.
- Then, cut out a 1-inch triangle, two 1 ½-inch triangles, and two 2-inch wings.
- Cut the two larger triangles into chicken feet.
- Brush orange food coloring over the triangle beak and chicken feet.
- Let the colored cheese dry completely for about 30 minutes.
step 2: make the cheddar bacon cheese ball
- Combine 8 ounces of softened cream cheese with 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese and ¼ cup of crumbled bacon (from 3 bacon strips).
- Beat using an electric mixer or stir with a sturdy spoon until well blended and smooth.
- Alternatively, you can blend the cheese ball ingredients in a food processor.
optional additions to the cheese ball recipe
I wanted this cheese ball to be kid-friendly, so I left it rather plain. You can add more flavor by adding any of these ingredients:
- ranch dressing or ranch dressing mix
- Worcestershire sauce
- garlic salt
- hot sauce
- chopped scallions
step 3: decorate the Hatching Chick Cheese Ball
- Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese (or any light orange or yellowish-colored cheese) on a piece of plastic wrap in a 4 ½ by 6 ½-inch egg shape.
- Reserve about a tablespoon of the cheese ball mixture to use to attach your cheese slice decorations.
- Then, shape the rest into a 4 ½ by 6 ½-inch egg.
- Set the cheese ball on the shredded cheese on the plastic wrap.
- Sprinkle more shredded cheese over the middle of the cheese ball leaving about an inch or so of the cheese ball uncovered at the top and bottom of the egg.
- Insert the two wings on either side of the egg-shaped cheese ball.
- Spread a thin layer of cheese ball mixture on the backside of the cheese decorations and attach them to the cheese ball.
- Add the broken eggshell halves first.
- Place the beak in the center of the cheese ball then set the eyes over the top edge of the beak adding the whites first, then topping with the black pupils.
- Cut two strips of white cheese to fit around the bottom and top portions of the cracked egg (see the bottom left image in the collage above). Press it into the cheese ball, then add more shredded cheese around the edge if needed.
- Attach two feet to the lower portion of the cracked egg.
step 4: Serving your Hatching Chick Cheese Ball.
- Lift the Easter cheese ball onto a serving platter.
- Surround the hatching chick cheese ball with crackers.
- Serve and enjoy!
This cute baby chick cheese ball would make a festive and fun baby shower appetizer too.
Tips for making your cheese ball before your Easter dinner.
You can make and decorate your cheese ball chick up to a day before your Easter celebration.
- Place it in an airtight container then lay a piece of paper towel on the inside of the lid.
- Put the lid on the container so the paper towel is pulled taught under the lid. The edges will overhang the outside of the container. It should not touch the cheese ball.
- The paper towel will help to keep condensation from forming on the cheese slice decorations.
To serve your Easter Cheese Ball
Set the cheese ball chick on your table before your guests arrive (or your family comes down to dinner). Surround it with crackers and a cheese knife.
It's best to allow the cold cheese ball to sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving.
This bacon cheddar Hatching Chick Cheese Ball will brighten up your Easter dinner table. Your whole family will love this cute Easter cheese ball chick decorated with cheese slice eyes, feet, wings, a beak, and cracked eggshells.
- 4 slices white cheese (Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or White Cheddar) from an 8-ounce block (each slice should be 5 ½ by 2 ½ inches)
- 2 slices orange cheese (Cheddar or American) from an 8-ounce block
- black food coloring (or two black olives)
- orange food coloring
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup crumbled bacon (from 3 bacon slices)
- 1-2 tablespoons ranch dressing (or powdered mix)
- ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons chopped scallions
- 1 ¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Cut one slice of white cheese into the top half of a cracked eggshell.
Cut another slice into the bottom half of the cracked eggshell.
Cut two 1 ½-inch circles, and two ½-inch circles out of another slice of white cheese.
Brush black food coloring over the small ½-inch cheese circles to create the pupils for the hatching chick's eyes. Alternatively, you can use the ends of a black olive instead.
Cut one 1-inch triangle (beak), two 1 ½-inch triangles (feet), and two 2-inch wings from the orange cheese.
Cut the two larger triangles into chicken feet by cutting two notches out of each triangle.
Brush orange food coloring over the beak and feet.
You could use carrots or sweet potatoes to make the beak and feet if you don't want to use orange food coloring.
Blend together the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon until smooth and creamy.
If desired, mix in one or two of the optional ingredients to flavor the cheese ball.
Lay a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper on your countertop.
Sprinkle a thin layer of cheddar cheese in a 4 ½-inch wide by 6 ½-inch long egg shape on the plastic wrap.
Reserve a tablespoon of cheese ball mixture to use to attach the decorations, then shape the rest into a 4 ½-inch wide by 6 ½-inch long egg and place it on top of the shredded cheese.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the middle of the egg-shaped cheese ball leaving about an inch or so uncovered at the top and bottom of the cheese ball.
Insert the two cheese-shaped wings on either side of the cheese ball chick.
Spread a thin layer of cheese ball mixture over the backside of the cheese slice decorations and attach them to the cheese ball. Add the cracked eggshells at the top and bottom, a beak in the middle, and two white eyes with black pupils over the top edge of the beak.
Cut two long strips of white cheese from the final slice to press onto the cheese ball below the cracked shells to finish off the edges. Add shredded cheese to any uncovered spots on the edges of the cheese ball.
Move the Easter cheese ball to a serving platter.
Serve with crackers.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a day before serving. To keep the cheese decorations from getting sticky and wet, set a paper towel under the lid of your airtight container so that it does not touch the cheese ball.
Allow the cold cheese ball to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to soften slightly before serving.
More Easter Appetizer Recipes
- Carrot Shaped Veggie Pizzas
- Flower Crisps Appetizers With Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
- Crescent Roll Cream Horn Carrots for Easter Brunch
- Crescent Roll Carrots Filled with Egg or Ham Salad
- Baby Chick Cheese Balls
Have a Happy Easter!