No-bake cheese balls lined up on a cutting board covered with parchment paper

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


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.



  • 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


  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.


  • 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.

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