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Pimento Cheese ball coated in nuts with a cracker stuck in it

Mini Pimento Cheese Balls

If you like pimento cheese spread, then you are going to LOVE these little bites of pimento cheese rolled in crunchy pecans. Put a taste of the south in your mouth!
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Course: Appetizer/Snack, Appetizer/Snack/Brunch, Appetizers, Snacks and Appetizer
Cuisine: Amercian
Keyword: cheese ball, holiday appetizers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 small cheese balls
Author: Laura Franco


  • 8 ounces soften cream cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 4-ounce jar pimentos - save liquid
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cup pecans


Pimento Cheese Spread

  • Mix together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 
  • Add the spices, pimentos, and cheddar and mix again, just enough to incorporate all of the ingredients.

Mini Pimento Cheese Balls

  • Toast pecans on the stovetop by placing them in a small saucepan on high heat.
  • Toast for 4-5 minutes, watching carefully so they don't burn.
  • Remove them from the heat when they begin to turn brown.
  • Transfer the pecans to a cutting board.
  • Chop the toasted nuts into small pieces. Add 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans to the pimento cheese spread.
  • Form small balls of cheese in your hands and roll each ball in the remaining cup of toasted chopped pecans.
  • Place the small cheese balls onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 1-2 hours to firm.
  • Serve with small crackers and carrot and celery sticks.


  • I recommend using room temperature cream cheese so it's easier to mix and mixes thoroughly with the mayonnaise.
  • Use a block of shredded cheese and grate it yourself. Pre-shredded cheeses are coated with a preservative that prevents the cheese from clumping which will affect the creaminess of this recipe.
  • If you'd like this cheese spread even creamier, just put all of the ingredients into a food processor rather than using a mixer.
  • If you'd like the pimento cheese a bit more spicy, add more cayenne pepper - 1/4 teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired flavor.