In a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well combined. If adding orange extract, add it now and beat well.
8 ounces cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, 2 cups white sharp cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon orange extract
Add chopped cranberries and stir to combine.
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Place mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap and cover completely with wrap while forming it into a ball shape. Place in fridge to chill for a couple hours.
Unwrap the ball, place on serving dish and cover the outside with whole dried cranberries, chopped and whole pecans (you may need more or less than a cup each depending on the side of the ball you made).
1/2 cup whole pecans, 1 cup whole dried cranberries, 1 cup whole pecans
Serve with crackers, pita chips or pretzels. Enjoy!