Turn your average cheese balls into a crowd favorite with this simple recipe!

Cheeseball Pops
Credit: Photograph by Raymond Hom

When sweet cranberries meets salty cheeses, these Cheeseball Pops become the best of both worlds. This is the perfect way to spruce up your ordinary party platter with a delicious twist. Even better—you probably already have most of the ingredients! They’re easy enough to make, so give it a try and your taste buds will thank you later.


8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup (about 3 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups pecans

Pretzel sticks

Make It

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Use a spatula to stir together the cream cheese, blue cheese, and cranberries in a medium bowl. If needed, break up larger chunks of blue cheese so that the mixture is smooth.
  2. Use your hands to roll the mixture into heaping teaspoon-size balls and place them on the baking sheet. Tip: Dampen your hands with water to keep the mixture from sticking to them. Cover the cheese balls with plastic wrap and chill them in the refrigerator for two hours (this step can be done one day ahead).
  3. While the cheese balls are chilling, toast the pecans. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake until they're slightly browned and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let them cool completely, then finely chop them. (A food chopper allows kids to complete this step.) Transfer the nuts to a sheet of parchment paper or a medium bowl.
  4. Roll each ball in the pecans and insert a pretzel stick. Keep the balls chilled until ready to serve.

They’re so good, no one will judge if you eat a couple…or a dozen!