Pistachio Cheeseball

This sweet cheeseball is filled with some of my favorite foods: Pistachios, Pudding, Pecans, Coconut. Spread it on some graham crackers and you will see why I love it so much!

Sweet Pistachio Cheeseball: made with pistachio pudding, coconut, and pecans.

Several years ago I made a Watergate Cake. Have you heard of this before? Apparently the recipe was put out in newspapers during the whole Watergate scandal as a way for JELL-O to promote pistachio pudding. At least that’s the rumor I’ve heard.

I love pistachio pudding. If I could pick one flavor of pudding to eat, it will always be pistachio.

And how perfect is pistachio pudding this time of year? When people are thinking “green” for St.Patty’s Day?

Sweet Pistachio Cheeseball: made with pistachio pudding, coconut, and pecans.

Speaking of St.Patty’s Day, anyone ever have to help make a leprechaun trap? This is quite possibly the world’s worst school project (no offense teachers). This is the one project that can drive wedges in families. When attempt after attempt it fails.

I’m the kind of parent that takes a hands off approach to school projects. Unless they need or ask for help, a school project is something that the child should be able to complete. Imagine my frustration as a parent to show up at the school and see perfect crafted word working, plumbing and electrical engineered projects. That CLEARLY are done by parents. Meanwhile my child’s project is a pile of tape, construction paper and lego people. This is my frustration with leprechaun traps. Without a parents help, the child has a hard time creating their own. With a child’s help, it becomes a competition with the other parents. Needless to say, in the past our traps were shoe boxes, string, candy coins, etc…

Anyways, not sure where I was going with this, except to say, HOORAY. My youngest is in 4th grade and I believe we are past the leprechaun trap years.

Granted, we have entered the making of a DNA strand….

But let’s celebrate this milestone with a cheeseball. A Pistachio cheeseball. A sweet pistachio cheeseball with pecans and coconut (just like a watergate cake)!

The pudding mix combined with the cream cheese and butter becomes very thick. Add in your powdered sugar and milk and this is quite sticky. My trick is to line a 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap, fill it with the coconut and pecans, drop in the pistachio ball, and using my hands roll it around. Once it’s covered, fold up the plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. ENJOY!!

Sweet Pistachio Cheeseball: made with pistachio pudding, coconut, and pecans.

Yield: Serves 6-8

Pistachio Cheeseball

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Sweet, pistachio Cheese Ball recipe with coconut and pecans!


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pkg (3.4oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, pistachio pudding mix, powdered sugar and milk on high for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Line a 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap. Place half the coconut and half the pecans in the bottom of the bowl. Mix with fingertips. Add cheeseball mixture (it will be very sticky). Roll around in the pecans and coconut, top with remaining coconut and pecans until cheeseball is covered.
  3. Fold plastic wrap around cheeseball and refrigerate until ready to serve. ENJOY with graham crackers.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 127mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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Posted on February 24, 2014

Comments & Reviews

  1. Watergate Cake with Cover-up Frosting is one of my very favorite cakes!  So delicious!  I can hardly wait to try this cheese ball – it looks delicious, too!

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