Each of these mini cheese balls is perfect for topping just a couple of crackers. They are perfect for parties because each individual can grab one or two.
Mini individual sized cheese balls are perfect for a party. They are cute, easy to make and eliminate the worry of double dippers!
These cranberry, blue cheese, and pecan cheese balls combine some of my favorite salad toppers into the perfect spread for crackers. You can make it into one big cheese ball, or make them into cute little cheese ball bites like I did.
When planning a baby shower for our friend we just knew there had to be cheese balls. They are always one of her favorites.
The problem is, serving from a large cheese ball in a buffet line like that can hold things up. So, we thought it would be fun to do them as individual cheese balls instead!
All our guests had to do was grab one or two and move on. If you put a pretzel stick in each one, you don’t even need utensils.
People can grab a pretzel and walk away with a cheese ball. Some people even eat them as is, nothing additional needed.
We served them with crackers on the side in case people would want to spread them over the top like a traditional cheese ball. Either way is completely fine.
These cheese balls have a fun mix of sweet and savory and are an unexpected addition to your menu. They are perfect for the holidays, parties, or even potlucks.
How to Make Cranberry Cheese Ball Bites
Though it’s not absolutely necessary, I love making cheese balls in a food processor. It’s a great way to quickly make chunky ingredients smaller and fully incorporate everything together.
A small cookie scoop is a perfect way to portion the mixture. Scoop a Tablespoon of creese ball mixture onto a small pile of chopped pecans.
Gently roll the ball in the nuts to coat. Then roll the coated ball between your palms to shape.
This helps to keep your hands clean, so you can keep working. Once all of the cheese ball bites are formed, chill them until it’s time to serve.
They can be made up to a couple of days in advance. Just be sure to cover them or put them in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator.
Ideally they would have a chance to come to room temperature before you eat them. The flavors are more pronounced when the mixture isn’t cold and they are easier to spread as well.
If you don’t like blue cheese, feel free to substitute feta. They are really tasty either way.
However I’ve also seen people who don’t like blue cheese eat plenty of these cheese balls. So give it a go if you’re on the fence!
More Great Recipes to Try
If you are a fan of different cheese balls, be sure to check out the recipe for the havarti cheese ball. It is super creamy and has a lovely flavor.
For another cranberry appetizer idea, try making cranberry jalapeno cracker spread. You could form it into cheese balls as well if you prefer.
Or try making a bacon bruschetta cheese ball. It has the fresh flavors of basil and tomato with savory bacon added for good measure.
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Cranberry Cheese Ball Bites
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- ¾ cup blue cheese crumbles feta would work if you prefer
- ¾ cup dried cranberries chopped
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- 1½ cups pecans chopped
- pretzel sticks and crackers for serving
- Combine cream cheese, blue cheese, cranberries and hot sauce in a food processor.8 ounces cream cheese, ¾ cup blue cheese crumbles, ¾ cup dried cranberries, ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- Process until completely blended.
- Form into small balls a Tablespoonful at a time, a small cookie scoop is perfect for this. Roll in chopped pecans.1½ cups pecans
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.