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Cranberry Pecan Mini Cheese Balls

A festive pecan and cranberry appetizer, stuffed with garlic and chives, shaped into single-serving cheese balls.

A fun hors d'oeuvre to have at your next holiday get-together! This dish brings a festive twist to the traditional cheese ball with dried cranberries, fresh chives, toasted pecans, garlic - all loaded into perfectly portioned single-served cheese balls! This recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes - making it a great hors d'oeuvre to throw together right before dinner! (Just make sure you give them an hour to chill before serving.)

Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 min

Servings: 12


8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese shredded

1 cup dried cranberries chopped and divided

1 cup chopped pecans, divided

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, divided

1/2 tsp garlic powder

12 small pretzel sticks


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread chopped pecans on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven.

2. Using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, white cheese, chives, garlic powder, half of the pecans, and 1/2 cup of cranberries.

3. Use a spoon to divide the cream cheese mixture into 12 portions. Run your hands in cold water and then form each portion into a small ball. Refrigerate for 1 hour (or longer).

4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining pecans, 2 tablespoons chives, and 1/2 cup cranberries. Once the cheese balls have finished chilling, remove from refrigerator and roll the balls in the pecan-cranberry-chive mixture. Stick a pretzel stick in center of each ball. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

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