Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 15 minutes.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 15 minutes.

My arsenal of goat cheese recipes is basically never-ending.

It started with a super simple Cranberry Goat Cheese Log (one of my *favorite* uses for leftover cranberry sauce) and quickly progressed into me stuffing goat cheese into #alltheveggies

I make use of greenhouse grown Campari tomatoes to make goat cheese stuffed tomatoes so I can enjoy them year round and love serving up balsamic drizzled goat cheese stuffed mushrooms as a fun holiday appetizer.

grab some goat cheese!

Up next are these tasty mini goat cheese balls, which are so totally versatile that you can make them a million different ways.

I rolled mine in quick-candied pecans, parsley, and cranberries but you could also make these with any nuts you have on hand.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 15 minutes.

play around with toppings!

Walnuts, pistachio, almonds, and macadamia nuts would be equally awesome options to try. Cranberries could be replaced by apricots (a la this awesome recipe) or dried cherries, and you could even use one of the many flavored goat cheeses out there to amp things up even further.

I’m super partial to using honey goat cheese for my recipes and most grocery stores even have fig, balsamic, and, herbed goat cheese varieties. I’m a sucker for trying new things, especially when goat cheese is involved.

Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

Have a little leftover? Fabulous! These mini cranberry goat cheese balls make an excellent spread (even more awesome if you mix it with some leftover cranberry sauce) and is great on breakfast favorites like bagels and toast and as a sandwich spread for an epic leftover turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving. I love mine spread on a buttery croissant piled high with cucumber, sprouts, and romaine.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 10 minutes.
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Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 147 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 8 oz honey goat cheese (regular works too; honeyed is my fav!)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Remove goat cheese from wrapper and cut into 8-10 discs. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan to medium heat and melt your butter.
  3. Once butter starts to bubble, add your pecans, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Using salted butter? Skip the salt or season to taste.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to prevent sugar from burning, and pour over a large sheet of parchment paper in a thin layer. Allow to cool for several minutes until the candy coating hardens.
  5. Fold the parchment paper in half, trapping the cooled pecans, and crush with hard object of choice (anything from a kitchen mallet to a wine bottle works!) and then roughly chop with a knife until minced.
  6. Finely chop cranberries and add to the pecans.
  7. Combine pecans, cranberries, and parsley on a plate or cutting board. Mix well.
  8. Take a goat cheese disc and press into the pecan coating on each side, then roll into a ball. Coat again as needed by rolling the completed ball in the mixture once more and transferring to a cheese board or appetizer plate. Repeat for each disc until you have a party-perfect plate of goat cheese balls. Dive in with your choice of crackers/fruit/veggies.

Recipe Notes

These tasty bites make a great addition to a party cheeseboard or all on their own as a tasty snack! Serve with assorted crackers, apple slices, celery sticks, pretzels, crostini, etc...

Nutrition facts below are an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. 

Nutrition Facts
Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 105mg 4%
Potassium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 5g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 7.1%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Quick, easy, and totally delicious, these Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls make a tasty party appetizer for fancy yet fuss-free entertaining! Ready in 15 minutes.

If you get a chance to try these sweet and savory Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls at your next party, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • Dana DeVolk

    Anything with goat cheese is my favorite so I had to try this recipe right away! I made them into celery boats but followed the recipe exactly for the mix, SO GOOD!!

    • The celery boats are brilliant! Thanks Dana!

  • Alyssa

    I’ve got to get my hands on honeyed goat cheese for the next time I make cheese balls…sounds like it would take these crowd-favorites over the top!

    • Oh for sure! Hope you get a chance to try it soon Alyssa – thanks!

  • Colleen Adams

    Jenn, can I freeze the cranberry pecan balls or will the goat cheese get funny

    • Hey Colleen! I think the goat cheese will get wonky but they’ll keep in the fridge for up to four days!

  • Oh boy ! Pinning for holidays. Thank you for sharing this !

  • I just started trying out goat cheese since I’m having trouble with regular dairy. These sound amazing!!

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