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Mini Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Balls

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at 365Barrington.com.

These mini cheese balls or, as some would call them, goat cheese truffles are always a crowd-pleaser. One of my favorites for sure. The goat cheese is mixed with a bit of cream cheese, cinnamon and honey then rolled in chopped candied pecans, dried cranberries and parsley then drizzled with honey. I like to use pretzels instead of toothpicks so that I can eat it all.

Goat Cheese Balls
Mini Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Balls

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. goat cheese
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups candied pecans, chopped and divided
  • 1 cup diced dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, beat goat cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon and honey until light and fluffy.
  • Add 1/2 cup pecan chips, folding to combine. Set aside.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Toss together remaining pecan chips, dried cranberries and chopped parsley in the center of the parchment paper.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out one round of cheese filling and toss in pecan mixture. Continue until all truffles have been rolled in coating. Refrigerate cheese balls until ready to serve. You can make these up to three days before, just make sure and store them in an airtight container.
  • To Serve: Drizzle with honey, if desired. Serve with crackers, warm crostini or as is with a pretzel stick in place of a toothpick.
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By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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