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Cheese Ball Bites

Cheese Ball Bites
Total Time:
50 minutes
Active Time:
20 minutes


8 oz cream cheese (or mascarpone), softened
1/2 cup chopped pecans, finely chopped
2 cups pretzel sticks, divided
1 package precooked bacon pieces (2.8–3 oz)
4 oz Deli garlic-herb goat cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Place cream cheese out to soften.
  • Chop pecans; crush 1 cup pretzels finely.


  1. Preheat small, nonstick sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Place bacon in pan and cook 1–2 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until crisp. Add pecans and cook 1 more minute, then remove from pan and let stand to cool.
  2. Beat cream cheese and goat cheese with electric mixer until combined. Stir in bacon mixture, cheddar cheese, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper until blended. Roll cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Chill 30 minutes (or until firm).
  3. Roll cheese balls in crushed pretzels until coated. Thread one pretzel stick (remaining 1 cup) into center of each ball. Serve.

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Nutritional Information

Amount per 1/36 recipe serving: Calories 70, Total Fat 6.00g, Sat Fat 2.50g, Trans Fat 0.00g, Chol 15mg, Sodium 160mg, Total Carb 2g, Fiber 0.00g, Sugars 0g, Protein 3g, Calc 2%, Vit A 0%, Vit C 0%, Iron 0%

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