These look great on any Thanksgiving or Halloween table! Very fancy looking, but so easy to make. (Prep time includes chill time.)

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sizzling, about 30 seconds. Add garlic and sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer garlic mixture to a bowl. Add Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onions, and garlic salt. Beat using an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

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  • Shape chilled cheese mixture into golf-ball-sized balls. Roll each ball in crushed crackers and slightly flatten the bottom. Press 1/2 a pretzel stick into the top. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture.

  • Spread parsley out on a serving plate and place mini cheeseball pumpkins on top, leaving enough room in between for parsley to show through.

Cook's Note:

When decorating, rip off tiny leaves of parsley and place under the pretzel sticks on top of the balls, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; protein 5.6g 11% DV; carbohydrates 19.4g 6% DV; fat 8.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 21.3mg 7% DV; sodium 630.7mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2019
The cheese balls turned out pretty good. I did overdo it on the garlic so make sure you follow the recipe exactly!! They were adorable though! Also I found the crackers got stale if I rolled them in the crumbs the night before. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2019
I thought these would make very good individually sized cheese balls but they were much too big. They are packed with flavor and I would recommend just making one big cheese ball instead. Very few were eaten at my gathering of 40 people and they don't save well due to the pretzel getting soggy. Read More
4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2019
Everyone at the Church potluck loved these. They were eye catching and they taste great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2019
The cheese balls turned out pretty good. I did overdo it on the garlic so make sure you follow the recipe exactly!! They were adorable though! Also I found the crackers got stale if I rolled them in the crumbs the night before. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2019
came out great Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/05/2019
I thought these would make very good individually sized cheese balls but they were much too big. They are packed with flavor and I would recommend just making one big cheese ball instead. Very few were eaten at my gathering of 40 people and they don't save well due to the pretzel getting soggy. Read More