Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles: these festive mini cheese balls only take 15 minutes and are loaded with creamy goat cheese, cranberries and crunchy pecans!

Try these Tomato & Goat Cheese Toasts or Tomato Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese if you love goat cheese appetizers!

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

These Easy Cheese Truffles Are So Easy To Make

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles. That’s right, truffles made of cheese.

Are you feeling fancy yet?? I know I am and so were all of my guests while we were stuffing our faces at my Christmas party last weekend!

I have to let you in on a little secret though, cheese truffles is just a fancy name for mini cheese balls.

Also, while they look fancy, these only take 15 minutes start to finish. 10 minutes if you are a super fast ninja style chopper.

Goat Cheese Truffles Recipe

What Type of Pecans Are Best For This Appetizer Recipe? 

Thankfully Fisher Nuts sells Pecan Chips, so that’s one less thing we have to worry about chopping.

I love their little bags for when I only need a handful of nuts and their large stand-up bags to keep around for snacking or for adding to cookies.

The big stand-up bags are not only built for connivence, but they also have resealable tops.

They stay fresh for a really long time in the pantry after being opened!

Cheese Truffles Appetizer Recipe

This is my second year partnering with Fisher Nuts and I am so excited to be bringing you more amazing nut centric recipes.

You can find more great recipes featuring pecans, almonds and walnuts on FisherNuts.com!

Fisher Nuts always have a place in my pantry because their nuts are fresh out of their shells and have zero preservatives and are non-GMO Project Verified.

Bonus: you can now find Fisher Nuts on amazon!

Easy Cheese Truffles Recipe

What Other Ingredients Are In These Cheese Balls?

These Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles are made with a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese.

The cream cheese is just there as a filler cheese to save you money. You can’t taste it, the goat cheese is definitely still the main cheese flavor.

Then we add some honey, a little cinnamon and some pecans. Whip it together and then use a cookie scoop to easily create the truffle ball shape without making a mess.

To finish them off, we roll them in more pecans, craisins and minced parsley.

And if you are feeling extra fancy, like me, you drizzle them with a little honey before serving.

Feel free to play around with the recipe with what you have on hand or to include your favorite fruit and nuts.

These cheese truffles would also be great with diced almonds, walnuts, dried cherries or apricots!

Yield: 18 truffles

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles: these festive mini cheese balls only take 15 minutes and are loaded with creamy goat cheese, cranberries and crunchy pecans!

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles: these festive mini cheese balls only take 15 minutes and are loaded with creamy goat cheese, cranberries and crunchy pecans!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 oz goat cheese
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons honey, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups Fisher Nuts pecan chips, divided
  • 1 cup diced dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Line countertop with parchment paper. Toss together remaining pecan chips, dried cranberries and parsley in the center of the parchment paper.
  3. 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. (Watch the video above to see how I do this.)
  4. Refrigerate cheeseballs until ready to serve. You can make these up to three days before, just make sure and store them in an airtight container.
  5. To Serve: Drizzle with honey, if desired. Serve with crackers, warm crostini or as is with a toothpick!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18 truffles

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

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Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles: these festive mini cheese balls only take 15 minutes and are loaded with creamy goat cheese, cranberries and crunchy pecans!

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122 Responses
  1. Carola

    Can you freeze any leftovers or perhaps frees the cheese balls and add the parsley, nuts, cranberries after they thaw?

    1. Jessica

      Hi Carola! Yes you can freeze them! The issues will be the parsley. I would skip the parsley if freezing them.

  2. Terry Thompson

    Hi. I can’t imagine mixing goat cheese with the cream cheese. (I’m a purist ) have you tried all goat cheese, thoughts?

    1. Jessica

      You won’t taste the cream cheese and it helps with the final texture to be able to roll them better into cheese balls/truffles. So I recommend using the cream cheese, but you can skip it! The balls will be harder to form and more likely to crumble as an FYI!

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  4. Hineaka

    I made the Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles for our Morning Tea at work. And wow!! they were sensational. They were an absolute hit.My work friends devoured the lot 🙂
    I followed the recipe but waited until the last moment to add just a ‘drizzle’ of honey which complimented the truffles perfectly. I am making them again in a couple of days for a farewell morning tea. but sensational.
    So easy and simple but sensational.
    Thank You for sharing.

  5. Susan Ellbeg

    I think I will add tablespoon or 2 of orange juice and some zest,I love this combo and hope this will kick up the flavor a notch.

  6. Carol Vasbinder

    Happy New Year! I took these to a NYE party yesterday. They were the first appetizer to go. Everyone loved them! Thank you for the recipe!

  7. Michelle

    Oh my goodness, these are SO delicious! I made a double batch Christmas morning and rolled some small, as well as one big ball. I served the small ones to guests a few hours later and they looked beautiful and tastes great. Today I dug in to the big one, and it’s even better two days later. I can’t stop eating it! Thanks. 

  8. Brandy

    What do you recommend serving with them? Crackers? What’d you use?  I’m making them for Christmas and I’m excited for something different 

  9. Sharon Moltane

    I made these for a party I went to.  They were a big hit and several guests asked for the recipe.  I will definitely be making them again soon!

    1. Jessica

      Did you happen to possibly use tablespoons instead of teaspoons? 2 teaspoons isn’t that much in all that cheese and no one else has complained of this issue (with over 400+ 5 star reviews…). 

  10. Sindy

    These are delcious! One of my co-workers said ” Its like Christmas just exploded in my mouth!” The best critique EVER!

  11. Amber

    I have made a version of these for quite a few years, for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
    I use goat cheese, cream cheese blended together and rolled into balls, then rolled in a mixture of chopped dried cranberries, toasted pecans and fresh MINT, no cinnamon, honey or parsley..
    I have done logs for a appetizer platter or small 2 bite balls.
    These are also really wonderful made bite sized and tossed on top of individual salads.
    These are probably one of the prettiest appetizers and so yummy, also people who don’t think they like goat cheese do love these because of the mellowing of cream cheese.
    I love your version and will give it a try.

  12. Kerry Myrick

    Oh my goodness!  This recipe is amazing and super quick and easy!!  I made these for a gathering today and couldn’t stop eating the mixture. This is my new go-to appetizer recipe!
    I tried to skimp on pecans and initially only bought one cup because they’re so expensive. I ran out for the extra 1/2 cup because the coating mixture needed it. 
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  13. Deborah L Blake

    I made these and they were wonderful. No problem rolling and they cheeses were at room temp. I just dropped them in the coating. They are pretty, too. Great recipe.

  14. Cheryl

    Ok, so I know that it’s been a while since this has been posted but I must leave my review on these because they are so freaking delicious! I’ve made them a couple of times now and for 2 different groups of people with very different palates and the comments from both parties have been outstanding! Run, don’t walk to the grocery to get the stuff to make these for your next get together and you’ll be a rockstar! So easy to throw together and absolutely delicious…..thank you for this amazing recipe

  15. Anne Lemieux

    I am making tomorrow with pomegranate seed instead of the dried cranberries
    I will also use truffle honey and substitute the parsley with mint in one batch and rosemary in another.

  16. Joan

    The cinnamon amount seems high. Does it overwhelm the other flavors? 
    Thinking of making this for NYE. 
    Thanks! 

  17. Jan Weston

    A teacher brought these in for our holiday party. Wow!! I loved them so much I asked for the recipe and was given this site to go to. Delicious and attractive to serve.

  18. Lesley

    My boyfriend is allergic to cow dairy so he can’t have cream cheese. But he loves goat cheese and I think he’d really enjoy these! What could I substitute for the cream cheese? Extra goat cheese?

  19. Kris

    I brought to a small party last night, unfortunately for all the work and expense they were barely touched.  Beautiful on the platter, but people are sometimes afraid to try something new.  Made me sad. They were very pretty and tasty in my opinion, and I think my family party would be more successful.  

  20. Karin Johannesson

    Well these are amazing….wow. Just made them. Added a 1/2 tsp of salt to filling to accentuate the flavours. Better than expected.

  21. Miriam Spann

    The thing I really love about these is that they are small and have all the outside goodies on each bite. When making a large cheese ball it seems everyone goes for the outside because of the goodies (nuts, fruit, etc.) and these are an equal opportunity appetizer. Ha!

  22. Ed O

    Looks great. How many truffles does the recipe make? Have a large crowd coming and want to have enough. Thanks Ed

  23. Debbie Fergus

    Great recipe suggestion, however I couldn’t find a video to watch as suggested in the recipe, but worked it out.
    I used a mix of walnuts and pistachio nuts although I found the cinnamon was a bit overpowering for my taste so would just use less next time I make them. (There will absolutely be a next time, and a next time…) This is set to be one of my go to recipes. Thanks

  24. Mary

    I’m thinking of making these for my husband’s work open house for about 100 people. How long do you think these can sit out at room temp? Are they best served cold?

  25. Dina

    I think you should be clear in the list of ingredients if you are using cranberries or craisins (as shown in pictures)   There is a big difference in consistency. 

    1. Jessica

      The recipe ingredients state exactly what is in the photo – dried cranberries. Craisins are a brand name product for dried cranberries. 

      1. Rose

        Dina may have been referring to the difference between dried cranberries and sweetened dried cranberries such as Craisins. The added sugar in Craisins make quite a bit of flavor difference.

    1. Jessica

      Up to a couple days ahead, however just know the parsley can turn a little less vibrant with time. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge! 

  26. Paula

    Excited to make these for Christmas Eve to take to my aunts house. Always looking for something different. Can I use dried cherries instead. I love their flavor.  Just wondering. 

  27. Danielle K

    These sound delicious but my brain can’t let go of the idea to drizzle with a balsamic glaze instead of honey…? What do u think of that? 

    1. Jessica

      I have not, but I like rosemary personally and think it would still be good. But a lot stronger than parsley in flavor of course. 

  28. Aislinn

    OH! my stars these are fantastic!!!!!!!!! I found some cranberry orange cinnamon goat cheese and threw that in with the rest of the ingredients and then rolled them in the pecans, cranberries and added some snipped dried apricots. SO good on bread drizzled with a bit of honey.

    1. Brittany Compton

      I found it a bit difficult to roll into a ball at first, but you can also just make this recipe into a regular dip with the pecan mixture on top of the goat cheese mixture.

    2. Alice

      Refrigerate after mixing the cheeses. Roll after a few hours in the fridge. They’ll hold their shape then.

    3. Anne Lemieux

      Instead of a ball.   use a sushi roller (bamboo with plastic wrap) to make rounds or make it square and cut and roll in mixture or just dip the top of square and maybe side in the dry mix

  29. Maggie Murphy

    Love this appetizer. It’s simple yet can be presented very elegantly or super casual. I recommend everyone uses this recipe. Keep in your easy goto!

  30. Carla

    Just made these and they are FANTASTIC! Followed your recipe exactly. They are so pretty as well. Will definitely be making these for Holiday parties! Thank you!

  31. Laura

    Do the cheeses need to be room temp before mixing them together? I know sometimes cream cheese can be difficult to mix if it’s cold. 

    1. Jessica

      They do not if you are using a hand mixer or a stand mixer. If you are mixing by hand, yes you will need the cheese room temp. If you do that though, you will need to refrigerate the cheese mixture before rolling into balls as it will be too soft! 

  32. Monica

    After blending both cheeses with pecans and honey and cinnamon, should I chill before rolling them into balls?

    1. Jessica

      If you are having difficulty rolling them, yes. But I usually don’t need to. As long as the cheeses were cold at the start of mixing, it goes easily! 

      1. Mandy

        I was just wondering if this would freeze well? I wold like to make it and spilt into to logs, one for now and one for later.

      1. Holly

        Im trying to think of an alternative to parsley… maybe a mix of spinach and basil? I still want the green but I don’t feel like parsley will go well with my tastebuds on this one. Anyone tried other green ingredients?

  33. Ronda

    I made these and they are delicious but i think the parsley was a little too strong not sure what to use i did see berry goat cheese i thought i might try that with craisens still thinking about the strong parsley and the honey was perfect

    1. Jessica

      I find parsley to be VERY mild in flavor, so this is surprising! But you can leave it off completely as other herbs will have a much stronger flavor versus parsley! 

  34. Alicia

    Just made these to take to work tomorrow. We do a potluck for everyone’s birthday and i needed something different to bring. They are delicious and look wonderful on the platter. Thanks for sharing. 

  35. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    What a wonderful appetizer for the holidays! And they can be ready in just 15 minutes?? YES! 🙂

  36. Kerri

    These are some of the prettiest cheese balls I’ve ever seen! i love the flavor that the nuts and cranberries would add to this!

  37. Gerry

    These look gorgeous! I just bought everything to make them, except my store was out of Fisher Pecans so I am going to use Fisher Walnuts. Hoping they still taste ok.

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