Mini Cheese Ball Bites are the perfect party appetizer that’s easier to eat and more practical then a large cheese ball! 

Three rows of miniature cheese balls with pretzel stick sticking out of them.

I love all of the holiday party food this time of year, but I especially love the appetizers!  However, when I see a cheeseball being served at a party, I usually don’t eat any. I always feel a little awkward digging into this giant ball of cheese with a cracker or a spoon, especially when there are people behind me in line! Maybe I’m weird, but it’s true.

Three rolls of mini cheese balls on a white platter rolled in green onion, nuts, or raisins.

Then, I saw this amazing idea on Pinterest–cheeseball hacking problem solved! These little mini cheese ball bites are not only cute, they’re totally practical. You can still serve them with crackers on the side, and they’re super easy for guests to enjoy!

Mini Cheese Ball Bites that are rolled in various toppings with a pretzel sticking out of them.

I made one cheeseball recipe, divided it into 12 portions, and coated them in nuts, dried cranberries, and green onion or parsley.

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Mini Cheese Ball Bites appetizer recipe on
Prep 45 mins
Total 45 mins


  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter , room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese

For topping

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup crushed nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup green onion , finely chopped
  • 12-15 pretzel sticks


  • In a medium bowl add the butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and ground pepper. Beat with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth. Stir in cheddar cheese.
  • Use a spoon to divide the mixture into 12-15 tablespoon-size portions. Dip your clean hands in a little bit of water and smooth each portion into a small ball. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or as long as you want to in advance). Before serving, roll the balls in cranberries, nuts, parsley or green onion. Place a pretzel stick in each. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: The cheese balls can be made a day in advance. Make them as instructed, but don't add the pretzels until right before serving.


Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 81mgPotassium: 46mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 290IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and got voluntold I would be making it again this year. I add some of the lemon zest for fun, extra chipotle hot sauce, garlic powder measured with my heart, and extra pepper. So cute and keep their darling shape unlike the big standard size. Thanks much!

  2. 4 stars
    They’re very cute but rather bland. I added extra hot sauce, but next time, more cheddar and maybe some garlic or onion powder.

  3. Hi! These look amazing! I would like to prepare it for a get together I am planning. Can I make the balls, roll it in the toppings and then refrigerate for a day or roll the toppings only a little before serving (and not a full day)? Thank you in advance : )

    1. Yes, you can make them even a few ahead of time (depending on the freshness of your ingredients). I’d wait to roll any of them in chopped nuts until the night before, so the nuts stay crunchy.

  4. Iam not a fan of Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce.These look so pretty and festive for the Holidays. Do you have any suggestions for using another ingredient in placement of the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce? If I left out the sauce would I still use the lemon juice? Thank you in advance! Sharyn.

  5. I roll my cheese ball recipe into a log about the circumference of Ritz cracker and the cover with desired topping. I cut a few “discs” before serving so guest know what to do. It’s make for a lovely presentation too!

  6. 5 stars
    I Feel the same about digging into a cheese ball at a party so I usually don’t get any. I made these last year for a couple of places and they were a hit!

  7. These look delicious! Trying to keep in the Christmas color scheme, instead of green onion, has anyone tried crushed pistachios for the green part? Love the crushed walnut/pecan or bacon look as well as the cranberries!

    1. 5 stars
      Made to my taste (definitely shredded cheddar cheese, left out some items like steak sauce. I used very small cookie scooper and topped with crisp bacon crumbs, and/or finely chopped walnuts….
      Note: I put each scooped ball into already cooled n baked floured tortilla cup (350 degrees non greased for 5min.)
      To punch out individually into tiny muffin cups, I used a biscuit cutter to cut out 2” circles.)
      Sure was attractive n tasty!

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