The Easiest Mini Cheese Ball Bite Size Appetizers

You won’t believe how simple and delicious this recipe is!! These are the easiest mini cheese ball bite size appetizers you have ever had.

A girlfriend shared this recipe with me over 30 years ago.

It became my favorite appetizer recipe to serve at my own gatherings or to take to a party.

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This is the only cheese ball recipe that I have ever tried that is mild and a creamy texture instead of a sharp cheddar cheese flavor.

For years I made it as one large cheese ball, but a few years ago I decided to try it as mini cheese balls.

It takes a bit more time, but they make the cutest bite size appetizers and will definitely be a crowd pleaser.

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A couple of years ago, I was creating a clock themed snack board for a New Year’s Eve party and wanted something savory to border my clock design.

I remembered this cheese ball and thought it would be perfect.

clock theme snack board with half clock face numbers white and dark foods

mini cheese balls – ingredients

ingredients for a cheese ball container of sour cream package of good seasons italian dressing mix jar of pimentoes and block of cream cheese

2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
1 package Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
1 small jar pimentos (drained)
2 tablespoons sour cream
chopped walnuts or chopped pecans

directions for the easiest mini cheese ball bite size appetizers

Mix softened cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, sour cream and pimentos together in a large bowl.

You can mix them by hand, with a hand mixer or a stand mixer. This is totally up to you.

Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop some of the cream cheese mixture and roll into a 1 1/2 inch ball using your hands.

Place chopped walnuts or pecans on a large sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper and roll mini balls in the chopped nut mixture.

Tip: This is much easier to mix if you let the cream cheese get to room temperature, then refrigerate it for a few minutes before rolling into balls. The chilled cream cheese will make it easy to roll the mini cheeseballs in the nut mixture.

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white rectangle platter filled with mini cheeseballs with decorative picks

Mini Cheese Ball Appetizer Bites

These easy mini cheese balls are so delicious and simple to make. They are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cheese ball,
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 30 1 1/2″ cheese balls
Cost 10


  • 2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 package Good Seasons Italian dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 small jar pimentos
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts or chopped pecans


  • Mix cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, sour cream and pimentos together in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Scoop out a spoonful of mixture and roll into 1 1/2" balls.
  • Spread chopped nuts on a sheet of waxed paper and roll each mini cheese ball in nuts until covered.

serving ideas for mini cheese ball bites

These cute little appetizer bites are a perfect addition to any charcuterie or snack board.

Or, serve them alone with a cute decorative pick.

You can also use a pretzel stick in place of a pick.

Place the cheese ball on a serving tray with crackers, pita chips, or tortilla chips.

variations for mini cheeseball bites

If you want to change it up you can also roll the cheese balls in….

bacon bits
chopped dried cranberries
chopped pistachios

It would make a great appetizer platter to roll balls in some of each of these mentioned above as well as some of them in the chopped walnuts or pecans.

The variety of flavors and colors would make a great presentation.

Or mix some of the different toppings, like chopped dried cranberries and chopped pistachios.

This would be so fun and festive for the holiday season.

The best part about this recipe is not only the flavor variations, you can also make these in small balls or make 1 large cheese ball.

frequently asked questions

How long will a cheese ball stay good in the refrigerator?
The best way is to store the cheese balls in an airtight container. They will last in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

Can you freeze a cheese ball?
Yes, you can freeze the cheese balls for up to 4 weeks. Cover them in plastic wrap and place inside a freezer safe ziploc bag, then place in the freezer.

Can you make the cheese balls ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the cheese balls the day before and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

I prefer to refrigerate them before rolling in the nuts, so they stay really fresh. If I prepare them the day before, I store in the fridge, then roll in the nuts right before I want to serve them.

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I need easy appetizers to take to holiday parties or to serve to last minute guests.

This mini cheese ball appetizer is so simple to make and is sure to be a huge hit!

It would be a delicious bite-sized appetizer for any party regardless of the time of year, and also the perfect appetizer for a game day.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for the easiest mini cheese ball bite size appetizers. I would love to hear if you try them.

blessings and happy holidays,

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white rectangle platter filled with mini cheeseballs with decorative picks

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  1. Michele
    These sound delicious. I made some similar last year but the ingredients are slightly different. Can’t wait to try this one.

    1. Thank you Rachel! I hope you enjoy them too.

  2. Omgoodness, Michele these look so yummy! The old fashioned recipes are always the best!

    1. Yes, for sure! And this one does not disappoint.

  3. Yum! These look absolutely incredible Michele and I can’t wait to try your recipe. Pinned!

    1. Thanks Jen! They are so easy and good!

  4. Stacy Ling says:

    Yummy!Looks so delicious!

  5. Should the pimentos be drained before adding to the cream cheese mixture?

    1. I am so sorry I am just now seeing this. And yes, they should be drained. I hope you love this cheeseball as much as I do!

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