Cranberry Pecan Cheese ball bites

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    • #594304
      Saving Moola

      Tasty, crowd-pleasing, festive cranberry pecan cheeseball bites!
      cranberry cheeseball bites

      Cranberry Pecan Cheese ball bites

      ingredients:
      8 ounces cream cheese
      1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese shredded
      1 cup dried cranberries chopped and divided
      1 cup pecans (or walnuts), chopped and toasted *optional
      1/4 cup chives or green onions chopped
      ½ tsp garlic powder
      pretzel sticks

      Toast Nuts

      To Toast Pecans or Walnuts: Preheat the oven to 375F. Coarsely chop the nuts and put them on a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Remove from oven and set aside.

      In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ½ toasted pecans, ½ cup dried cranberries, chive or green onion, and garlic powder until well combined.

      Combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives in a shallow bowl.

      Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out balls of the cream cheese mixture and drop them into pecan/cranberry mixture. Roll them around a bit until coated. Place them on a cookie sheet. Just prior to serving, insert a pretzel stick into each cheeseball bite. If you want a splash of color add a tablespoon or so of chopped flat-leaf parsley to the nut mixture before rolling.
      cranberry pecan cheeseball bites

      To make a Large Cheeseball:

      Place mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and cover completely with wrap while forming it into a ball shape. Place in fridge until ready to serve.

      Just before serving, combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives on a flat surface or cutting board. Unwrap the ball and roll in cranberry-pecan mixture. Serve with apple slices, crackers, pita chips, pretzels, carrots or celery.
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      Prep Time: 15 minutes
      Cook Time: 5 minutes
      Total Time: 15 minutes
      Servings: 6
      Calories: 383kcal

      Ingredients

       

      • 8 oz Cream Cheese
      • 1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese - shredded
      • 1 cup dried cranberries - chopped and divided
      • 1 cup pecans - (or walnuts), chopped and toasted *optional
      • ¼ cup chives - or green onions, chopped
      • ½ tsp garlic powder
      • pretzel sticks

      Instructions 

      • To Toast Pecans or Walnuts: Preheat the oven to 375F. Coarsely chop the nuts and put them on a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Remove from oven and set aside.
      • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ½ toasted pecans, ½ cup dried cranberries, chive or green onion, and garlic powder until well combined.
      • Combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives in a shallow bowl.
      • Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out balls of the cream cheese mixture and drop them into pecan/cranberry mixture.
      • Roll them around a bit until coated. Place them on a cookie sheet. Just prior to serving, insert a pretzel stick into each cheeseball bite. 

      Notes

      • If you want a splash of color add a tablespoon or so of chopped flat-leaf parsley to the nut mixture before rolling.

      To make a Large Cheeseball

      1. Place mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and cover completely with wrap while forming it into a ball shape. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
      2. Just before serving, combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives on a flat surface or cutting board. Unwrap the ball and roll in cranberry-pecan mixture. Serve with apple slices, crackers, pita chips, pretzels, carrots or celery.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 778IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 18g
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      Cranberry Pecan Cheese ball bites

      Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Bites Are A Tasty Blend Of Holiday Classics

      • Cookie Dough Scoop
      • Mixing Bowl
      • 8 oz Cream Cheese
      • 1 cup white sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
      • 1 cup dried cranberries (chopped and divided)
      • 1 cup pecans ((or walnuts), chopped and toasted *optional)
      • ¼ cup chives (or green onions, chopped)
      • ½ tsp garlic powder
      • pretzel sticks
      1. To Toast Pecans or Walnuts: Preheat the oven to 375F. Coarsely chop the nuts and put them on a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Remove from oven and set aside.

      2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ½ toasted pecans, ½ cup dried cranberries, chive or green onion, and garlic powder until well combined.

      3. Combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives in a shallow bowl.

      4. Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop out balls of the cream cheese mixture and drop them into pecan/cranberry mixture.

      5. Roll them around a bit until coated. Place them on a cookie sheet. Just prior to serving, insert a pretzel stick into each cheeseball bite. 

      • If you want a splash of color add a tablespoon or so of chopped flat-leaf parsley to the nut mixture before rolling.

      To make a Large Cheeseball

      1. Place mixture in the center of a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and cover completely with wrap while forming it into a ball shape. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
      2. Just before serving, combine remaining ½ cup pecans, ½ dried cranberries, and 2 tablespoon chives on a flat surface or cutting board. Unwrap the ball and roll in cranberry-pecan mixture. Serve with apple slices, crackers, pita chips, pretzels, carrots or celery.
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    • #594454
      Liss

      For those with Nut Allergies, if you still wanted to add some crunch…you could substitute sunflower seeds which would give you a nutty flavor without the allergens.

      Another option would be coarsely crushed pretzels, to give it a bit of the crunch texture.
      Roasted crunchy cinnamon maple chickpeas are another option- I’d do the cinnamon glaze and cook them till they’re good & crunchy, coarsely chop them. They also make a great addition to salads.
    • #601389
      Liss

      I also sometimes use different herbs, whatever I have on hand. I grow herbs in the kitchen all winter long, so sometimes I’ll use a bit of chopped flat Italian parsley, or even a bit of cilantro- that brings a nice flavor to the cranberries. These cheeseballs really go over well at events and gatherings.

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