Pecan Cranberry Cheese Ball Bites are a delicious bite size appetizer made with cream cheese and goat cheese. They are rolled in chopped pecans and cranberries for a delicious Christmas appetizer recipe.
Pecan Cranberry Cheese Ball Ingredients
To make this cheese ball appetizer recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):
- Dried cranberries
- Fresh parsley
- Goat cheese
- Cream cheese
- Lemon zest
- Pretzel sticks
How to Make Mini Pecan Cranberry Cheese Balls
- Make the cheese ball mixture. In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped cranberries, pecans and parsley and set aside. Blend together the goat cheese, cream cheese, honey and lemon zest in a large bowl until well combined.
- Form balls and roll in toppings. Using a small ice cream or cookie scoop, create bite-sized balls, rolling with your hands to form. Next, roll the cheese balls into the chopped nut mixture until evenly coated.
- Chill the cheese balls. Set the finished cheese balls onto a serving tray or baking sheet with parchment paper and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or until ready to serve.
- Serve and enjoy! Place a pretzel stick into the center of each cheese ball prior to serving.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
You can make these cheese balls one day prior to serving. Loosely cover with plastic wrap to preserve. Do not chill with the pretzel sticks placed into the cheese balls, instead add the pretzels just before serving.
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