Bite Sized Cheese Balls

1 hour
Easy

Ingredients

8 slices bacon

1 1/2 oz. (8-oz.) blocks cream cheese, softened

1 c. shredded cheddar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/3 c. freshly chopped chives

1/3 c. finely chopped pecans

18 pretzels sticks

Directions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon until crispy, 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, then finely chop. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Use a cookie scoop to form mixture into 18 small balls and transfer to a parchment–lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.
  3. In a shallow bowl, stir together bacon, chives, and pecans.
  4. Roll balls in bacon-chive-pecan mixture, insert a pretzel stick into each, and let come to room temperature 15 minutes before serving. (If not serving right away, loosely cover with plastic wrap and return to fridge.)

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