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Christmas Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Cheese Ball Bites make a terrific appetizer. Mini cheese balls make a tasty party treat that's ready to go in 15 minutes.
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 10
Author: Jill



  • 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



  • 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.