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Christmas Mini Cheese Ball Bites

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Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific Holiday appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that’s ready to go in 15 minutes.

Everyone knows that cheese balls are always an appetizer favorite. At my house it’s the first thing people gravitate to. These mini cheese balls are great because everyone isn’t dipping into the same ball. Everyone just gets their own!

Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that's ready to go in 15 minutes.

Christmas Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Full of pecans, cinnamon and dried cranberries, this recipe has a bit of delicious sweetness.

Ingredients You Need:

  • Goat Cheese
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Salt
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Chopped Parsley

Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that's ready to go in 15 minutes.

How To Make Christmas Mini Cheese Balls

  1. Cut the goat cheese to make small discs and set them aside.
  2. Make the candies pecans.
  3. Mix chopped cranberries, parsley and pecans to a small bowl.
  4. Press goat cheese slices into the mixture and form into a ball.
  5. Repeat for each disc of cheese.

Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that's ready to go in 15 minutes.

What To Serve Cheese Balls With

The usual assortment of crackers works perfect with these. Ritz crackers, different flavored Triscuits and Club crackers are my top three favorites. I also like to put stick pretzels in them as a little “handle” to grab them by.

Ritz crackers and Club crackers are my top two favorites.

Other Variations

Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese with 3/4 cups of white cheddar. Add in 1- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of dry italian or ranch mix.

Here are so add-in options for the mixture and for rolling…

  • Pistachios
  • Pomegranates
  • Flax Seeds
  • Any Dried Fruit
  • Bacon Bits
  • Any Nuts

The fruit works well with goat cheese and the bacon goes well with the cream cheese/ranch mixture. Just experiment with whatever you prefer.

Mini Cheese Balls

Add pretzel sticks in the top for easy serving.

Mini Cheese Balls

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Christmas Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Published By Jill
Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that's ready to go in 15 minutes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

Ingredients

  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ - ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped parsley

Instructions
 

Directions

  • Remove the cheese from its wrapper and cut into 8-10 discs. Set aside.
  • Heat a small pan to medium heat and melt your butter.
  • Once the butter starts to bubble, add the pecans, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often and pour over a large sheet of parchment paper in a thin layer.
  • Allow to cool until the candy coating hardens.
  • Fold the parchment paper in half, trapping the nuts and crush with a meat tenderizer.
  • Chop the rest with a knife until minced.
  • Finely chop the cranberries and add to the pecans.
  • Combine pecans, cranberries, and parsley on a plate or cutting board.
  • Take a goat cheese and press into the pecan coating on each side, then roll into a ball.
  • Coat again as needed by rolling the completed ball in the mixture once more.
  • Repeat for each disc of cheese.
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Christmas Mini Cheese Ball Bites

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