Assorted Holiday Goat Cheese Balls

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Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This easy no-bake recipe makes creamy, tangy Goat Cheese Balls with four yummy topping variations – fresh dill, chives, pistachios and pomegranate seeds! With mini pretzel sticks acting as edible toothpicks, they’re a lovely appetizer for any special occasion.

My Favorite Finger Foods for the Holidays

These assorted goat cheese balls are a gourmet snack or appetizer that couldn’t be easier to make. You just have to blend a few ingredients in your food processor, shape the cheese balls, chill them, roll them into the toppings and poke in the pretzel sticks. There’s no cooking or baking involved!

This one quick recipe gives you four delicious cheese ball flavors to enjoy. Between the pistachio, dill, chive and pomegranate, I simply can’t decide on a favorite. You can pick and choose which toppings you use depending on your preferences, but I recommend trying them all! You could even get creative by mixing and matching multiple toppings onto each cheese ball.

A pomegranate cheeseball beside a chive cheeseball on a plastic cutting board

What You’ll Need

These goat cheese balls are made with just 4 ingredients before they’re coated in the toppings and finished off with pretzel stick handles.

  • Goat Cheese: This ultra-creamy cheese is full of vitamins and healthy fats.
  • Cream Cheese: To supplement the goat cheese.
  • Garlic Powder & Dry Basil: To add a delightful hint of garlic-herb flavor.
  • Pistachios: Crushed.
  • Fresh Dill: Chopped.
  • Fresh Chives: Chopped.
  • Pomegranate Seeds: This recipe makes enough of each topping to coat a quarter of the finished cheese balls.
  • Pretzel Sticks: Or toothpicks.
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How to Make Assorted Goat Cheese Balls

This luxurious appetizer is almost too easy! Grab your food processor and follow the simple instructions below.

Combine Cheese Ball Ingredients: Add the cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder and basil to your food processor. Blend until combined.

A food processor on top of a marble surface with the cheeseball mixture inside of it

Chill Mixture: Place the cheese ball mixture in the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes.

Form Cheese Balls: Remove the mixture from the fridge and roll it into 1/2-inch balls (you should be able to make 12-14 of them).

Twelve un-set cheese balls on a metal baking sheet lined with a piece of wax paper

Chill Again: Place the balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, or until they’ve set.

Add Toppings: Remove your hardened cheese balls from the refrigerator and roll them into the prepared toppings.

Enjoy! Place a pretzel stick through the center of each ball and serve.

Nine assorted goat cheese balls on a sheet of parchment paper with a bowl of pomegranate seeds in the background

Tips for Success

With the help of the tips below, you’re destined to prepare the perfect appetizer. So don’t forget to check them out!

  • Season to Taste: If you’d like to add more garlic powder or dried basil to your cheese ball mixture, go right ahead. Just keep in mind that the toppings will add additional flavor.
  • Don’t Skimp on the Chill Time: You have to chill your goat cheese mixture as indicated in the recipe – both before and after you form the balls. The initial chill time helps you create the balls, and the latter makes them easier to roll into the toppings.
  • Refrigerate Unless Serving Immediately: If you’re not serving your cheese balls right away, keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to dig in. This keeps them fresh and prevents them from melting.

What to Serve with Cheese Balls

I like to enjoy my goat cheese balls with crackers, chips or more pretzels. You could also drizzle them with a little bit of honey or maple syrup. Sometimes, I’ll even serve them over a salad like this Easy Arugula Salad with candied pecans, pomegranate seeds and white balsamic dressing!

Homemade cheeseballs with pretzel "toothpicks" lined up on a cutting board

Storage Instructions

These cheese balls should be kept refrigerated in an airtight container. They’re best if they’re eaten within 1 week, but they should last for up to 2 if you store them properly. If you’d like to store them for longer than a week, I recommend adding the toppings just before serving.

Can I Freeze These?

Easily! But I suggest rolling them into the toppings after they have thawed. Wrap each cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap and freeze them in a freezer-safe container or storage bag. Unwrap them and thaw them in an airtight container in the fridge – just make sure they’re not touching each other so that they don’t stick together. Frozen cheese balls last for up to 2 months.

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Assorted Holiday Goat Cheese Balls

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 45 minutes
  • yield Yield: 12 1x
  • category Category: Appetizers
  • method Method: No Bake
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This easy no-bake recipe makes creamy, tangy Goat Cheese Balls with four yummy topping variations – fresh dill, chives, pistachios and pomegranate seeds! With mini pretzel sticks acting as edible toothpicks, they’re a lovely appetizer for any special occasion.

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Ingredients

  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1214 pretzel sticks

Instructions

  1. In a food processor add cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder and basil. Blend until combined.
  2. Place goat cheese mixture in refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove goat cheese mixture and roll into 1/2″ mini balls (you should be able to get around 12-14 balls out of the goat cheese mixture) When finished, place on parchment paper and put in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to harden.
  4. Remove the goat cheese balls from the refrigerator and roll them in the toppings (crushed pistachio, fresh dill, fresh chives, and pomegranate seeds) Place a pretzel stick through the center and serve.
  5. If you are not serving right away, store in the refrigerator.
  6. Optional: Serve with your favorite crackers.

Notes

  • Makes 12-14 cheese balls.
  • To Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week with toppings or 2 weeks without.
  • To Freeze: Don’t add toppings until after thawing. Wrap each cheese ball tightly in plastic wrap and freeze in a freezer-safe container. Unwrap and thaw in an airtight container in the fridge, leaving space between each ball. Defrost and enjoy within 2 months.

Keywords: cheeses balls, how to make cheese balls, finger foods

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41 Responses
  1. Karen

    Your recipe looks very delicous and healthy. You made it like an artist.
    I will try it soon. Thank for share this awesome post.

  2. Anthony

    Awesome, you make this like an artist. Looks so yummy, my kids will love them. Thank you for your sharing!

  3. Tim

    Did this last night for an appetizer with another couple. Easy. Delicious. We ADDED an option the ones above: Prosciutto (baked & chopped)… Not a bad addition. This will be a fun, go to appetizer moving forward.

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      Krista

      You’ll love them Barbara. You could make the goat cheese mixture probably a day or two ahead of time but I wouldn’t roll them in the other ingredients until the day of.

  4. Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen

    It has been tough to get back in the swing of things this week after the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be the weekend again before we know it, though. 😉 These cheese balls look so good! I love how easy they are to customize!

  5. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    OH MY GOSH. I am so in LOVE with these little balls. I could eat goat cheese every day, all day long…and with all these flavors, I ACTUALLY could! Pinning!

    1. Krista Rollins Professional Photos-5
      Krista

      hehe hurray! I adore goat cheese too girl, I basically live off the stuff and have it in my frig at all times. Cason will even go in the frig and put his finger in to get a bite, so funny! Thanks for the pin! 🙂

  6. Kenneth @ Best Food Processor Guide

    Wow! What a colorful recipe! Looking so delicious! I must try this easy recipe on next holiday.

  7. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    What a fun and festive (and easy to make) little appetizer! Adorable and convenient to eat 🙂 Thanks for sharing the perspective of the “farmer’s wife.” Lots to think about. Also, I didn’t know no-till farming was a thing! Cheers!

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      Krista

      Thanks so much Patricia, glad to hear you liked them so much and that you learned a thing or two about farming. 🙂 I didn’t know about the no till thing until a little bit ago too, so smart though! 🙂

  8. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    I love how colorful and festive these are! I also appreciate how quick and simple they are to make and I’m all about make-ahead appetizers, anything that saves me time! 🙂

  9. Meg @ With Salt and Wit

    Ahh I don’t like this reality…I loved our first holiday as a family of three! But the only thing that makes me enjoy it is looking at these beautiful little bites!

  10. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Umm, how cute and festive are these?!?! They are 100% going on my Christmas party list for the PERFECT APPETIZERS! Only 7 ingredients and super simple makes this the best thing on the PLANET! I cannot wait to try these out at the first Christmas party of the season. 🙂

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