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Mini Cheeseballs

This recipe for Easy Mini Cheeseballs is a delicious bite-sized appetizer. Creamy, seasoned cheese rolled in chopped pecans and bacon!

A DELICIOUS BITE-SIZED APPETIZER OR SNACK

If there is one bite-sized appetizer or snack that everyone loves – it’s cheeseballs! These individual mini cheeseballs are always a huge favorite of ours. How can you go wrong with cheese wrapped in nuts and bacon then topped with a pretzel stick?

Mini Cheese Balls on a black platter.

TIPS FOR MAKING CHEESE BALLS:

  • The cream cheese needs to be totally softened to room temperature or it just won’t mix well and will have large lumps.
  • Dried parsley can be substituted for the fresh chopped parsley.
  • Don’t like pecans or pistachios? Just substitute for your favorite. Use all pecans if you prefer or all pistachios or even almonds or walnuts.
  • Use any combination of cheeses you enjoy. I liked the monterey jack and cheddar blend.
  • Be gentle pushing in the pretzel sticks or they’ll snap in half.
  • This recipe can also be used to make one larger cheeseball.
Easy Mini Cheeseballs coated in pecans and pistachios and topped with pretzel sticks, recipe from The Country Cook.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • cream cheese – see my post on How to Soften Cream Cheese Quickly
  • monterey jack/cheddar blend shredded cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • finely chopped pecans
  • finely chopped pistachios
  • real bacon bits
  • chopped parsley
  • pretzel sticks
cream cheese, monterey jack/cheddar blend shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, finely chopped pecans, finely chopped pistachios, real bacon bits, chopped parsley, pretzel sticks.

HOW TO MAKE MINI CHEESEBALLS:

Combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined.

cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large clear bowl with a white spoon.

Cover and chill for 15 minutes. In a smaller bowl, combine the chopped pecans, chopped pistachios, bacon bits, and parsley. Stir to combine.

chopped pecans, chopped pistachios, bacon bits, and parsley in a small clear bowl with a navy blue kitchen towel laid on the side.

Once the cheese mixture has chilled, roll it into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll in the nut mixture to coat.

rolling small cream cheese ball into nut mixture in a clear bowl.

Insert a pretzel stick into each mini cheese ball and then chill on a tray until ready to serve.

Easy Mini Pecan Coated Cheeseball appetizers with pretzel sticks shown on a black, circle platter.

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Easy Mini Cheeseballs Appetizer recipe from The Country Cook

Mini Cheeseballs

This recipe for Easy Mini Cheeseballs is a delicious bite-sized appetizer. Creamy, seasoned cheese rolled in chopped pecans and bacon!
5 from 23 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks) softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, Monterey Jack/Cheddar Blend
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup real bacon bits
  • 2 Tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  • 20 pretzel sticks

Instructions

  • Combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl and stir together until completely combined.
  • Cover and chill for 15 minutes.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the chopped pecans, chopped pistachios, bacon bits, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  • Once the cheese mixture has chilled, roll it into tablespoon-sized balls and then roll in the nut mixture to coat.
  • Insert a pretzel stick into each mini cheese ball and then chill on a tray until ready to serve.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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