Blue Cheese Balls

Blue cheese balls are a party favorite and far easier than a cheese log for guests to navigate while juggling a glass of wine in their other hand.

Golf-ball size cheese balls with pretzel stems sitting on a wooden cheese board

Yep. Cheese balls. Or, as author and recipe creator Michelle Buffardi calls them, cheese pops, seeing as how they’re rather charmingly affixed to the end of a stick like those crazily sought-after cake pops. Her inspiration comes from her belief that “some of the best treats are on sticks—kebabs, lollipops, and Popsicles.” But to one-up all these, she made the stick in these cheese balls edible. Sorta brilliant, eh? Holiday parties. Birthday bashes. Cocktail parties. Work anniversaries. Thanksgiving dinner. Tuesday nights. These are but some of the occasions we’ve found to be perfect for these blue cheese balls. Silver platter optional.–Renee Schettler Rossi



Blue Cheese Balls

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  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • Makes about 25
5/5 - 1 reviews
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Using a stand mixer or a bowl, a spatula, and your biceps, mix together the cream cheese, blue cheese, dates, and cayenne, if using. Roll the mixture into balls a little smaller than an inch in diameter, place on a platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

Just before serving, roll the balls in the chopped pecans, making certain they’re evenly coated. Insert a pretzel stick in each cheese ball and plop them on a platter.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These blue cheese balls are the coolest appetizers ever! They're simple and quick to put together, visually pleasing, and taste fantastic. The mixing of all the ingredients took about 3 minutes in my stand mixture. The mixture looked a bit too sticky to roll immediately after I blended all the ingredients, so I wrapped the cheese mixture in plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. When I pulled it out the next morning, it was easy roll into balls. Once the cheese balls are shaped, it only takes a few minutes to roll them in the pecans. We tried some of the cheese balls with pretzels and some without. The cheese balls with the pretzel made a great impression and also tasted much better. (It may have been the salt on the pretzels or just the fun of picking them up using the edible “sticks.") In addition, the pretzels made the cheese balls easy to pick up. I highly recommend these.

What nice, neat little snacks these blue cheese balls are! Perfect for a cocktail party. With the pretzel sticks, there isn't any searching for a place to put the toothpick, and you can still keep a drink in one hand and avoid the "balance" game. The soft cheeses and chewy dates go nicely with the outer crunch of the pecans. I did add a pinch of cayenne and would possibly add more next time. I'll also try using different nuts next time. I think pistachios or almonds would be very good, too. These little morsels were intended for adults, but much to my surprise, they were enjoyed by some fairly young children, too. These take me back to some of the little snacks that my parents would serve with cocktails before dinner when they had company.


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  1. When you have a special occasion with your family, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, you usually have to rush to finish all the side dishes and desserts. To be able to have some appetizers that can be made in advance and are ready to serve whenever you want is the thing that’s most wanted by every hostess. This blue cheese balls recipe is perfect for those occasions. They’re not only tasty and original, but you can make them the day before and leave them in the fridge while you prepare everything else. I thought the cheese balls had a touch too much blue cheese, but I have to say, what completely compensated for that was the sweetness of the dates. Pecans contributed crunch and a sense of rustic-ness.

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