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.

Mini Candied Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls

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.

Ready to make these festive cranberry pecan goat cheese balls?!

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grab some goat cheese!

These mini goat cheese balls are so totally versatile (and oh so tasty!) 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.

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.

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.

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.

It’s also fantastic as a sandwich spread for the most epic leftover turkey sandwich after Thanksgiving.

I love it spread on a buttery croissant piled high with cucumber, sprouts, and romaine. DELICIOUS!

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.
5 from 12 votes

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


  • 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


  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*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 goat cheese ball creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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  • David Lockerby

    5 stars
    Absolutely outstanding dish!! A must for a charcuterie board that will enhance the flavors a thousand fold!!

  • Louise

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I adore goats cheese and this was a total treat. I’ll be impressing friends and family with this new addition to our Christmas grazing board!

  • Lisalia

    5 stars
    Wow! So yummy. And I love the idea of personal sized cheese balls instead of everyone digging into the same large cheeseball served with appetizers. Perfect flavor, Great for Thanksgiving OR Christmas.

  • Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    Love all the flavors here, I already know I’m going to enjoy this recipe a lot!

    • So excited for you to try it, Shadi! They’re one of our favorite appetizers for the holidays!

  • Farid Healey

    Can I make these with out the pecans? Any subs for the recipe. I have a guest that’s allergic to nuts.

    • Absolutely, Farid! They’ll lose their texture and some of the flavor but that can be amped up in other ways. If you’re making these for a party I suggest a trial run with a few different swaps/changes to see what you like best. Try swirling some cranberry sauce and spices into the goat cheese before rolling it up for a fantastic flavor boost! You could also try some with crushed pretzel for texture maybe? Just test if beforehand so you know you for sure love it.

  • S. DeKors

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I couldn’t find the recipe after buying the ingredients so I made it from memory. In doing so, I forgot to candy the pecans but it was still wonderful. I’m sure it’s even better with the sweetness of the candied pecans. I can’t wait to see what the addition does for the recipe.

  • Mila

    Hello, I’ve been eyeballing and drooling over these beauties for too long now. I’m going to be making these for a baby shower next weekend. Wondering if i could do half cream cheese and half goat cheese for the mixture since I’ll need to make at least 35 of these. Thanks!

    • Hi Mila! Half cream cheese and half goat cheese should work marvelous!

  • Noelle

    5 stars
    The flavors in the recipe are exploding! Love it, perfect for a app!

  • Cindy

    5 stars
    I’m gonna make this for the holiday. My son loves pecans – tysm

  • Taylor

    5 stars
    Absolutely love all these flavors! Plus mini cheese balls are my favorite!

  • 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! Yum! I can’t wait to take these to all of my holiday parties! They are delicious and will be the hit of the parties!

    • So glad you’re loving the recipe Kalee – thanks!

  • CR

    Can’t do goat cheese and was wondering if anyone has subbed blue cheese or another cheese and how it was. Thanks

    • Hey CR! Cream cheese makes a fantastic swap here! The other cheeses won’t hold up in ball form and blue cheese will be crazy strong and kind of a punch to the tastebuds, lol. I’d use cream cheese and, if you’d like a second cheese here, some grated white cheddar mixed into it with a hand blender. I’ve also done it with cranberry sauce mixed in for my Holiday Cranberry Walnut Cheeseball and loved the results. Hope this helps! xo

  • KJ

    looks yummy! how far in advance can you make these? Can you freeze> >??

    • Hi KJ! These won’t freeze and thaw very well because of the ingredients but you can make them the balls a day or two before and simply leave the nuts and cranberry chopped up in baggies so before you need them you can just roll and go! This way the texture of the nuts is still perfecto paired with the creamy goat cheese and cranberries.

  • Dana DeVolk

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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!

  • 5 stars
    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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