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Ranch Bite Size Cheese Balls

Wait until you taste these Ranch Cheese Balls. This is a fun twist on a classic cheese ball because the recipe is for bite-size cheese balls on a pretzel stick.

However, you can make this recipe for a large cheese ball if you prefer.

I served these yummy cheese ball pops at our recent Christmas party, and they disappeared quickly.

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Easy Ranch Cheese Balls on Pretzel Stick for Christmas Party Appetizers

Ranch Cheese Balls

This recipe for Ranch Cheese Balls is perfect for a casual serve-yourself party.

This was the first time I’d served this recipe, and it was a huge success. Everyone was asking about the recipe, and they loved the bite-size serving.

Preparing to Make Cheese Balls

The first step in preparing this cheese ball recipe is to cook eight strips of bacon. I placed four stripes in the microwave in layers of paper towels. You want the bacon to be very crispy.

While the bacon is cooking, set the cream cheese out to soften.

Next, finely chop the pecans and spread them onto a sheet of wax paper. You can also chop the chives into small pieces.

Chopped Pecans on wax paper to roll cheese balls

Mix Ingredients

Crush the bacon into small chips and combine with all ingredients except the pecan in a mixing bowl.

Stir until well mixed.

Mixture for Ranch Cheese Balls

Roll into small bite-size balls

Next, roll each of the ranch cheese balls into small balls.

Roll cheese mixture into bite size bites  - easy appetizer recipe for Christmas parties

Then roll each ball in the chopped pecans until the entire cheese ball is covered.

Roll in pecans to cover the bite-size ranch cheese balls for Christmas Appetizers

Layer the mini ranch cheese balls in a baking dish and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mini-cheese balls for Holiday Entertaining Ideas.  Best menu for Christmas Parties.

Make a Cheese Ball Pop

When you are ready to serve your bite-size cheese balls, place a pretzel stick into each ball.

Guests can grab a mini-cheese ball without all the hassle of spreading the cheese on a cracker.

Table set for annual Christmas Party with Ranch Cheese Balls Pops with pretzel sticks.

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Yield: 50 Cheese Balls

Ranch Bite-Size Cheese Balls

Ranch Bite-Size Cheese Balls

Easy Mini Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball Pops on a pretzel stick

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 16 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 tsp. dry Ranch Mix
  • 8 Slices of Crispy Cooked Bacon
  • 2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Chives
  • 1 Cup finely chopped pecans
  • 50 Pretzel Sticks


  1. Cook Bacon until crispy - cool and crush
  2. Chop pecans finely and spread onto wax paper
  3. Chop Chives finely
  4. Add Soften Cream Cheese to a large mixing bowl
  5. Add all ingredients except pecans and pretzel sticks
  6. Mix well (if the mixture is soft, you may need to place it in the refrigerator until firm enough to roll easily.
  7. Roll into small balls approx. the diameter of a nickel
  8. Roll until covered in pecans
  9. Place in a dish and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  10. Just before serving, add one pretzel stick to each cheese ball.


The size of the cheese balls will vary, and you may have more or fewer servings.

You can make one large cheese ball if you prefer and serve it with crackers.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 167Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 401mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 4g

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Appetizer Recipe Bite-size Ranch Cheese Balls on Pretzel Sticks for Christmas entertaining.


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Where do you get the pretzel sticks


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Marcia, They are just pretzel sticks from the grocery store. I think the brand is Synder's of Hanover


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

I've never heard of these before but they look so good, Rachel! I can't wait to try your recipe. We're always looking for quick and easy things to take to holiday parties. Thanks for making it so easy! Hugs, CoCo


Thursday 15th of December 2022

CoCo, They are yummy.


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

These look so good Rachel!!!


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Stacy, They really are delicious.

Sue Groth

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

This sounds so yummy-I must try this. Thank Rachael for all ur wonderful ideas. Blessings, Sue


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Sue, Thanks so much for stopping by.


Wednesday 14th of December 2022

These look really good! Can you make these ahead of time? If so, how far ahead?

Thank you and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Shirley, Yes, if you keep them covered, and refrigerated, you can make them several days ahead of time. I made mine two days ahead.

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