Mini Cheese Ball Bites are the perfect party appetizer that's easier to eat and more practical then a large cheese ball!
Author: Lauren Allen
2Tablespoonssalted butter, room temperature
8ouncescream cheese, room temperature
2teaspoonsfresh lemon juice
1/8teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
1/4cupfreshly shredded cheddar cheese
1/3cupcrushed nuts(almonds, pecans or walnuts)
1/3cupgreen onion, finely chopped
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.