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These Festive Blue Cheese Balls received rave reviews from my friends. Rolled in either dried cranberries or pistachios, they are a welcome addition to a cheese tray or appetizer platter!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls in a white ceramic egg crate

Party  Blue Cheese Balls

A cheeseball surrounded by crackers is a staple at cocktail parties. Rolled in pecans, they usually have a cream cheese base and are filled with a variety of ingredients. For a twist, I’ve made these bite-sized and rolled them in dried cranberries and chopped pistachios!

Both coatings add another texture to complement the creamy interior with a subtle pungency from the blue cheese. I served these to a group of my girlfriends over the lunch hour. Needless to say, they were a huge hit! I think these cheese balls may be one of my favorite holiday appetizers!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls in a white ceramic dish on a red napkin

How to Make Mini Cheeseballs

  • This easy cheese balls recipe is easily adaptable—use cheddar instead of blue cheese and roll in walnuts, or try feta or goat cheese!
  • Another option is to make a large cheese ball or even a log. A blue cheese ball is perfect for entertaining any time of the year.
  • Make these min blue cheese balls small enough so you can enjoy them in 2 bites.
  • Serve this recipe for blue cheese balls with crackers of your choice.
  • My friends seemed to prefer those rolled in cranberries—the sweetness played well off the blue cheese. But I love the look when offering two different coatings.
  • Plus they’re all decked out for the holidays in red and green, but you definitely can use other nuts, dried fruit, bacon, crushed crackers! Just make sure the coatings are chopped or crushed into small pieces for easy eating.

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Festive Blue Cheese Balls |- A terrific appetizer for your next cocktail party!

Festive Blue Cheese Balls

Delectable bite sized blue cheese balls rolled in cranberries and pistachios

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10+ 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixing, Rolling
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 12 teaspoons lemon juice
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A dash of hot sauce
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese, I used Maytag
  • 1 tablespoon red currant jelly
  • Chopped pistachios and dried cranberries to garnish


  1. Add first 7 ingredients (cream cheese through salt) to a mixing bowl. With a hand-held mixer, blend until smooth and well combined. Stir in blue cheese and jelly. Chill for about an hour.
  2. Roll into small balls, then roll into either pistachios or cranberries till coated.

More festive holiday cheese appetizer recipes to try:

Goat Cheese Apple Rosemary Thins, from Reluctant Entertainer

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Cream Cheese Appetizers, from Saving for Dessert

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16 comments on “Festive Blue Cheese Balls”

  1. Love them.
    Wishing you Happy New Year

  2. They look so beautiful and festive!
    Happy New Year, Liz!

  3. These cheese balls look delicious! Perfect festive appetiser! 🙂

  4. Anything cheese is great bit love the bite-sized format and the outside is so festive in color. Happy New Year.

  5. Dear Liz, I love your presenation of these cute cheese balls – they sound utterly delicious – no wonder that they received rave reviews from your friends! And what festive colors too from the cranberries and pistachios!
    Wishing you and your lovely family a very Happy New Year and all the very best!
    Looking forward to many more of your delightful posts!

  6. I love a good cheeseball, and I agree with your friends — the combo of sweet dried cranberries and tangy blue cheese sounds fantastic. Happy new year, Liz!

  7. What a great idea to have ‘mini’ cheeseballs for appetizers! Love the blue cheese and cranberries together! Great recipe, Liz! Thanks for sharing it! (PS: I don’t know why I don’t get your posts by email anymore; maybe if you unscubscribe me and then I can try to re-subscribe, it might work).


  8. These cheese balls look yummy. I love the cheese and cranberry combination. They are perfect for any party! Liz, I wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year!!

  9. These cheese balls look fab Luz, and very festive in their red and green. Happy New Year!

  10. Love this recipe. These tasty bites are great for entertaining. They are festive and look delicious. Thanks for sharing and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.

  11. I love your serving dish, perfect for the cheese balls, or even truffles.

  12. What a great and nice idea Liz for a party or an aperitif!

  13. Gorgeous presentation and I think it’s time for a girlfriend gathering over here!

  14. Cranberries and blue cheese are a mighty combo! Great idea to make them bite size, too. Thank you for the recipe =)

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