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Honey Goat Cheese Balls are a simple, festive appetizer. Soft goat cheese is formed into balls and rolled in a mixture of honey, apricot preserves and pecans. You can easily switch up the nuts and preserves to create different flavor combinations! 

Honey Goat Cheese Balls with toothpicks

HONEY GOAT CHEESE BALLS

I adore goat cheese. I don’t know about you but it is just the best cheese out there. You guys went crazy for this Goat Cheese Dip and these Goat Cheese Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto so I knew I needed to create another delicious goat cheese appetizer. 

I love how creamy it is and how well it pairs with other flavors at the holidays. 

Today’s Honey Goat Cheese Balls are a festive holiday appetizer or even a finger food to serve at a brunch or shower. 

Creamy goat cheese is rolled into balls and then topped with a honey, apricot and pecan mixture. 

The best part of this honey goat cheese is that you can customize it to your tastes. For example, sometimes I will use crushed walnuts and raspberry preserves. Or crushed almonds and cranberry sauce to top them. 

Honey Goat Cheese Balls on board

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE GOAT CHEESE BALLS?

GOAT CHEESE LOG: When making goat cheese balls I find it easiest to use a goat cheese log and slice it into 8 pieces. From there I roll the goat cheese in my hands to create a ball.

One fun idea is to buy one of the flavored goat cheese logs, for example Trader Joes has a delicious cranberry flavor instead of adding the preserves in. The cranberry would be nice with the pecans and honey. 

HONEY: The raw honey helps everything stick together on the goat cheese but also adds wonderful sweetness to the appetizer. 

PECANS: Chopped pecans are a nice addition to the goat cheese. If there is a nut allergy you can easily leave that out or you can even use a different nut like almonds or walnuts. 

APRICOT PRESERVES: I like the apricot flavor with the honey but there are a lot of flavors that would be really nice.

Some that I enjoy are strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. You can also skip the preserves if you want and just use the honey. 

Honey Goat Cheese Balls with toothpicks

HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE GOAT CHEESE BITES?

Combine crushed or chopped pecans, apricot preserves, raw honey, and pinch of cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.

Honey Goat Cheese Balls in bowl

Chop your log of goat cheese into 8 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls (they don’t have to be perfect).

Honey Goat Cheese Balls goat cheese log

Roll each ball into the pecan, apricot, and honey mixture.

You may need to press each ball into the mixture to make sure that they’ve evenly coated.

Honey Goat Cheese Balls with spoon

Place the completed ball onto a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet. Repeat this process until each ball is completely coated.

Place into the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Honey Goat Cheese Balls on cutting board

Honey Goat Cheese Balls with toothpicks

Honey Goat Cheese Balls

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Honey Goat Cheese Balls are a simple, festive appetizer. Soft goat cheese is formed into balls and rolled in a mixture of honey, apricot preserves and pecans. You can easily switch up the nuts and preserves to create different flavor combinations! 

Ingredients

  • 5 ounce Goat Cheese log
  • 1/4 cup crushed or chopped pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons apricot preserves {or preserves of your choice}
  • 2 Tablespoons raw honey
  • Optional : pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

    1. Combine crushed or chopped pecans, apricot preserves, raw honey, and pinch of cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
    2. Chop your log of goat cheese into 8 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into balls (they don’t have to be perfect).
    3. Roll each ball into the pecan, apricot, and honey mixture.
    4. You may need to press each ball into the mixture to make sure that they’ve evenly coated.
    5. Place the completed ball onto a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet.
    6. Repeat this process until each ball is completely coated.
    7. Place into the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

If desired, place a toothpick or pretzel stick into each ball before serving.

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