Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

Prep 15 mins
Total 15 mins
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These festive Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles are a perfect make ahead holiday appetizer! Loaded with creamy goat cheese, cinnamon, cranberries and crunchy pecans, these mini cheese balls are always one of the first appetizers to go. Plus, they only take 15 minutes to make!

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

The holidays are here again and we are celebrating with my favorite Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles! I know the word “truffles” are normally reserved for a dessert or an expensive mushroom, but I think it describes them much better than ‘mini cheese balls’ ever could.

Each truffle is filled with creamy goat cheese, warm notes of cinnamon, crunchy pecans and some sweet honey to pull the flavor all together. Then we roll each little bite size truffle in a festive mixture of dried cranberries (or cherries!), pecans and fresh parsley. Once you drizzle on some gorgeous golden honey, they always disappear in seconds!

These easy goat cheese truffles are incredibly quick to whip up and take about 15 minutes of total work. They also can be made the day before a party, making them a perfect holiday appetizer. If you are traveling to friends or families for the holiday, they also travel incredibly well!

Cranberry Pecan goat cheese truffle on parchment paper.

Ingredients

You will need a handful of ingredients to make these mini goat cheese balls:

  • Goat Cheese. You will want to use the traditional creamy goat cheese. I know they sell lots of goat cheeses now with flavors already added, but with this recipe, I prefer to be in control of the added flavors. So the plain creamy goat cheese is best!
  • Cream Cheese. Cream cheese helps to give the truffles the perfect texture and saves a little cash on buying all goat cheese for your truffles. The goat cheese is the stronger flavor profile, so you can’t even taste it!
  • Cinnamon.
  • Honey. I use honey in the truffle itself and also like to drizzle the goat cheese truffles with honey just before serving.
  • Pecans. You can also use walnuts or pistachios!
  • Dried Cranberries. Any dried fruit is tasty with these goat cheese balls, but dried cranberries or dried cherries will give you a festive look of red and green for the holidays.
  • Fresh Parsley. Parsley is a very mild flavored fresh herb. It adds a burst of fresh flavor to your truffles, but also gives them that gorgeous green color. However, it is optional and you can skip it if you are not a parsley fan.

How To Make Mini Goat Cheese Truffles

These goat cheese truffles may look impressive, but I promise you they are incredibly easy to whip together. From start to finish, these goat cheese balls take me about 15 minutes to whip together. Let’s get started!

Combine: In a large bowl, you will need to beat together the goat cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon and honey until light and fluffy. I like to do this with a hand mixer because it is MUCH easier to beat the cheeses together with a little electric power. Then fold in a 1/2 cup of the pecan chips.

Toppings: Line countertop with parchment paper. Toss together remaining pecan chips, dried cranberries and parsley in the center of the parchment paper.

Scoop: Using a large cookie scoop, scoop out one round of cheese filling and gently roll it in the cranberry/pecan mixture. Continue until all truffles have been rolled in coating.

Store: 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.

To Serve: Drizzle with honey, if desired. Serve with crackers, warm crostini or as is with a toothpick!

Recipe Tips

  • Hand Mixer. I find it a lot easier to whip together the cream cheese and goat cheese with a hand mixer or stand mixer. It can be done by hand, but just know that you will be working out those arm muscles!
  • No Parsley. If you don’t like parsley, but still want to get that festive red and green look, I recommend swapping your chopped pecans for chopped pistachios. You will still get that great red and green look, but without having to use fresh herbs.
  • I don’t Like Goat Cheese. If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese, yes, you can swap it fully for just cream cheese. You can also use any other soft mild cheese you do like, many readers have told me feta works great as well.
  • Cookie Scoop. Using a cookie scoop will help keep your mini cheese balls all even in size. It also makes it a lot easier to scoop the cheese filling into a ball shape and then roll it into the toppings.
Up close image of goat cheese truffle rolled in pecans, dried cranberries and parsley.

Can I Make Cheese Balls Ahead Of Time?

Yes! This mini cheese balls make an excellent make ahead holiday appetizer and also travel very well. You can make them up to a few days ahead of your party and they will taste just as good as they day you made them. Just make sure and do not drizzle them with honey until you are ready to serve them.

If you need to travel with these goat cheese balls, wrap them in an air tight container and refrigerate them until you are leaving. Then transfer them in an ice chest with a couple of ice packs. I traveled with these goat cheese balls for 4 hours last year and they were still perfectly chilled once we arrived at our destination.

How To Store Cheese Truffles

Store these mini goat cheese balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

And yes, you can even freeze these mini cheese balls! Wrap them tightly in saran wrap (I wrap each individual cheese ball) and then store them in a freezer ziplock bag. Just make sure you allow them to thaw completely, in the refrigerator, before serving.

Goat cheese truffle on parchment paper being drizzled with honey.
Yield: 18 truffles

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles

Goat cheese truffle on parchment paper being drizzled with honey.

These festive Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles are a perfect make ahead holiday appetizer! Loaded with creamy goat cheese, cinnamon, cranberries and crunchy pecans, these mini cheese balls are always one of the first appetizers to go. Plus, they only take 15 minutes to make!

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 together the goat cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon and honey until light and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup pecan chips, folding to combine. Set aside.
  2. Line your 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 the cranberry/pecan mixture. Continue until all truffles have been rolled in coating. (If you have any questions, watch the video in this recipe card to see how I easily 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 in the refrigerator.
  5. To Serve: Drizzle truffles with honey, if desired. Serve with crackers, warm crostini or as is with a toothpick (or pretzel stick)!

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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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Comments

158 Responses
  1. Tracy

    These were awesome! A lot of people do not like goat cheese but I used Trader Joe’s goat cheese log that has cranberry on the outside. The ones with fruit on the outside are less gamey. I cut off most of the cranberry from the goat cheese log since there is cranberry on the outside. It was perfect and even my non goat cheese fans loved them. Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe!

    1. Kathy W.

      Hi Tracy, I have the same problem with the goat cheese. It is not a favorite for a lot of friends. Thanks for this info. I am going to try this!

  2. Annie

    I have made these twice and they were a BIG hit! Getting ready to make them again. I’m not super crazy about goat cheese, so I used soft Brie, cream cheese and a little goat cheese. They were amazing! Also, for those saying not to freeze, I totally disagree. I had some leftover from the smaller party and decided to freeze. My husband would take a few out of the freezer and eat them. Quite tasty! Too good to waste! Thank you for an impressive recipe!

    1. Rebecca

      Hi Annie –
      My family is split into Team Goat Cheese and Team Brie ;) May I ask what proportion of Brie did you use in your variation? Also, which brand of Brie and did you include the rind? Thank you

  3. Carola

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

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      Jessica

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

  4. 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?

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      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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    1. Mary Ann

      I’m going to add these to a charcuterie cup. Wondering if you have done this and if they do well on a skewer? Any advice is most appreciated

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    1. Tracy

      Ohhh, that sounds lovely…how was it? I was thinking lemon might work, but that could be too tangy w/ the goat cheese.

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 

  10. 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 

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