Today, I’m sharing my mini cheese ball bites recipe! It’s that time of year when we love to get together with family and friends. Do you love appetizers as much as I do?
What I love about this recipe is that we all have the ingredients in our refrigerator or in the pantry. In November and December, cream cheese goes on sale, and boy do I stock up!
If you watch for the double packs (two 8-ounce packages) of cream cheese, sometimes they are even cheaper than the single ones. This recipe is always a hit when we take it to a party.
The recipe has some Frank’s Hot Sauce in it. Not too much spice, but just enough to give it some really good flavor with a bit of a kick.
I’ve been providing a bunch of recipes for the past week or two. I wanted to help my readers be prepared when asked to provide a special entree or treat. Besides, I love to cook, and this recipe journey has been really fun for me. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I loved getting it ready for this post.
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Mini Cheese Ball Bites
These are the ingredients. Whether you make this as a regular cheese ball or follow the instructions to make mini cheese ball bites, this is one of my very favorite recipes at this time of year.
Place the cream cheese and butter in your mixing bowl to soften.
Combine the cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and Frank’s hot sauce.
This is what it looks like after you mix it together.
Grate the cheese on the fine side of the box grater.
Add the grated/shredded cheese until thoroughly mixed together.
Use a cookie scoop to make the “cheese balls.” I used a one-inch size cookie scoop. Refrigerate the cheese balls for 1-2 hours to make sure they are firm and solid in order to roll the mini cheese balls in the coatings of choice.
Use a cookie scoop to make the “cheese balls.” As mentioned, I used a one-inch size cookie scoop, but you could make them larger or smaller as preferred by your family. Right before serving, roll the cheese balls in the different coatings and carefully put a pretzel stick in each one. Place them on your serving tray. The pretzel sticks will become soggy, so don’t put them in until ”JUST” before you serve them.
Mini Cheese Ball Bites Recipe
- 2 8 – ounce packages of Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup Butter, softened
- 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Frank's Hot Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup white sharp cheddar cheese, grated/shredded
- 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
- 1 cup crushed or finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup green onions, finely chopped
- 20-30 stick pretzels
I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to combine the cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and Frank's hot sauce. Add the grated/shredded cheese until thoroughly mixed together. Use a cookie scoop to make the "cheese balls." I used a one-inch size cookie scoop. Refrigerate the cheese balls for 1-2 hours to make sure they are firm and solid in order to roll the mini cheese balls. Right before serving, roll the cheese balls in the different coatings and carefully put a pretzel stick in each one. Place them on your serving tray. The pretzel sticks will become soggy, so don't put them in until ''JUST" before you serve them.
P.S. You can make this same recipe as a regular cheese ball. Either way, it's fabulous!
Can I make just a cheese ball?
Yes, you can. I make this recipe into a cheese ball, I just wanted you to try this fun “small bite” treat. Skip the pretzels and you have a cheese ball pictured below.
How do I store these?
I store mine in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks covered with plastic wrap. If you’re planning on serving later, wait to put in the pretzel sticks since they will get soggy if left in the ball very long.
Can I freeze them?
I have never frozen them, but I heard from a reader she made several cheese balls for a wedding and froze them ahead of time.
Can I make them ahead of time?
Absolutely, you can make them one week in advance. Roll the mini cheese balls in your choice of mixtures, and place a pretzel in them right before serving.
My goal is to teach people how to cook, and this recipe gives me so much joy when I make it. It’s all about showing our kids and grandkids how to prepare meals, even appetizers. Some day they’ll appreciate it, I promise. May God Bless this world, Linda