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Cheeseball Bites

Prep Time15 mins
Resting time:1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 18 cheeseball bites


  • 12 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives
  • 18 short pretzel sticks (NOT pretzel rods)


  • Place the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Use a wooden spoon to combine into one cohesive mixture.
  • Using a small spoon or cookie scoop, forma tablespoon-size ball of the cheese mixture and place on a plate lined with plastic wrap. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have about 18 mini balls. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Mix together the bacon, chives, and pecans in a shallow dish. Roll the chilled cheeseballs in the mixture until completely coated. Insert a pretzel stick into the top of each cheeseball. Serve immediately


Serve it up: If you’re bringing these to your event, transport them in a medium storage container with a lid and add the pretzel sticks upon arrival.
Variation tip: You can make these gluten-free by replacing the pretzel sticks with toothpicks or using gluten-free pretzel sticks.