Mini Pimiento Cheese Balls

These cheesy bites are the crowd-pleasing appetizer your next gathering needs.

Mini Pimiento Cheese Balls
Photo: James Ransom, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins

Two favorite Southern appetizers—cheese balls and pimiento cheese —are combined into one unforgettable snack. These bite-sized cheese balls have all the tang you love from classic pimiento cheese, but their petite shape makes them easy to serve and too easy to pop one after the other.


  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup softened cream cheese

  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

  • tsp. kosher salt

  • tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimientos

  • 1 ¼ cups finely chopped toasted pecans

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives

  • Small square crackers


  1. Process Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder in a food processor until combined, about 15 seconds. Add pimientos, and pulse until evenly distributed and slightly chopped, 6 to 8 pulses.

  2. Transfer cheese mixture to a medium bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

  3. Sprinkle pecans and chives on a large baking sheet in an even layer. Scoop out cheese mixture using a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop; roll in your hands to create a ball. Roll cheese balls, 1 at a time, in pecan mixture to coat evenly. This will yield about 36 mini balls.

  4. Transfer to a platter; insert small square crackers into cheese balls, if desired. Serve with additional crackers.

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