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Mini Cheese Balls Appetizer – made from Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball, then covered in chopped hazelnuts, chopped olives, chopped red peppers and cornichons. The perfect mini cheese bites to make for the holidays. Easy to make and crowd pleaser.

Kaukauna® Cheese Ball on a platter

Hello December! I can’t believe this year is almost over. With all the holiday shopping and preparation for the holidays it is time to think of some fun food ideas to serve at parties and gatherings.

I have the perfect recipe idea for you – mini cheese balls, that are creamy and flavorful, each covered in delicious topping. These are super simple to make with minimal ingredients and prep work. Like we have the time for complicated recipes? Everything should be very simple around the holidays.

Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar ball on a white plate

If you are not a fan of any of the toppings, you can skip it. Just use whatever topping fits your taste.

The product that makes this recipe so easy and delicious is the Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball. I’ve shared my love for it in the past on my blog.

Kaukauna® Cheese

Kaukauna® mini cheese balls on a platter

I got it at my local Walmart. It was in a refrigerator case near the deli at Walmart. I also got the Kaukauna® Port Wine and Smoky Bacon variety.

Kaukauna®’s products have been created and have always been produced in in the state of Wisconsin.

Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese is available in Balls, Logs, and Cups.

Kaukauna® cheddar ball on a toothpick

How exciting is it that the Kaukauna® brand is turning 100 years old in 2018?

This is a big year for Kaukauna® – the brand is celebrating 100 years of being everyone’s favorite cold-pack cheese, and they are launching an updated recipe for two varieties – with no artificial anything – no artificial colors, preservatives or other ingredients.

You won’t be able to taste the difference – because they never mess around with the flavor that so many people love.

They’ve already made it in two of their cheese varieties – Sharp Cheddar and Port Wine — and you can expect the new recipe to extend to the whole line in the future.

Here is a little history of Kaukauna®:

Kaukauna® was started in 1918 by an Eastern European man — Hubert Fassbender, up in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, near Green Bay and Appleton.

He started a distribution company that ultimately became the Kaukauna® Cheese Company.

His mission was to create a cold-pack cheese that would be ideal for spreading on crackers and bread – because at the time he also was distributing beer.

His customers who owned taverns and clubs wondered if he had anything their patrons could snack on.

Kaukauna® cheese appetizer platter

He figured out how to make a spreadable, cold-pack cheese. He used whey solids and powered milk – and that is how Kaukauna® cheese was born.

It caught on at country clubs and supper clubs. It still graces many a supper club table across Wisconsin.

Supper clubs  are – an experience that brings people together for great food, great drinks and great conversation and connecting.

Festive holiday appetizer platter with Kaukauna® cheese

Kaukauna® celebrates the supper club culture – but the cheese is so versatile, it fits at any table.

It is great for picnic tables, tailgate tables, coffee tables, cocktail tables, even breakfast tables.

Visit the Kaukauna® website to learn more about their products.

You can also check the Social Hub out for special offers, recipes and inspiration.

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Kaukauna® Cheese Ball on a platter
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Mini Cheese Balls Appetizer

Mini Cheese Balls Appetizer - made from Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar Cheese Ball, then covered in chopped hazelnuts, chopped olives, chopped red peppers and cornichons. The perfect mini cheese bites to make for the holidays. Easy to make and crowd pleaser.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 18


  • 1 10 oz Kaukauna® Sharp Cherrar Cheese Ball
  • 2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped cornichons or pickles
  • 1/4 cup chopped black olives , (preferably in water, not oil)
  • 1/4 cup chopper roasted red peppers, make sure they are dry
  • chopped parsley, optional


  • Bring the cheese ball to room temperature. Using a tablespoon, scoop out cheese and roll into balls.
  • Toss each ball in either chopped hazelnuts, cornichons, olives or red peppers. Press the toppings to set.
  • Arrange on a platter and serve.


Calories: 73kcal, Protein: 4g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 179mg, Potassium: 25mg, Vitamin A: 180IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 117mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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