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This Easter cheese ball recipe is easy to make and so cute! The baby chick mini cheese balls will appeal to everyone, young and old alike, and they’re one of the more adorable Easter appetizers you can whip up. The combination of cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese is flavored with Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powder, and then black peppercorns and carrots decorate them beautifully.

Baby Chick Mini Cheese Balls on a plate, perfect for Easter appetizers.

Served on crackers, these baby chick mini cheese balls are a cute savory Easter treat. They make a very tasty snack or appetizer and are so darn cute!

Cheese fans might also like pimento cheese sandwiches or gouda cream cheese corn or perhaps one of these festive cheese balls.

Baby Chick Mini Cheese Balls for Easter Sunday dinner appetizer.

Why You’ll Love These

Super-cute: These Easter appetizers might end up becoming your favorite cheese ball recipe because they really are adorable!
Delicious: The combination of cream cheese, finely shredded cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings makes these lovely baby chick mini cheese balls perfectly delicious.
Customizable: Prefer a different kind of cheese or something other than round crackers, feel free to adapt the recipe and make it your own.

Mini cheese balls shaped like baby chicks make the perfect Easter appetizer when arranged on a plate.

Easter Mini Cheese Balls Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Cream cheese: Use any brand you like (full-fat is more flavorful) and make sure it’s at room temperature so it isn’t too firm to roll.
Finely shredded cheddar cheese: Sharp cheddar cheese is good for cheese ball chicks, or you can use another kind if you prefer.
Seasonings: Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and onion powder add a great flavor to the cheese balls.
Carrots and peppercorns: Decorate the mini cheese balls with peppercorns and pie shaped wedges of carrot. No peppercorns? You can sub cut pieces of black olives. Regular carrots or baby carrots work here.
Crackers: To serve the mini cheese balls. Each of the cheesy chicks perches on a round cracker.

The ingredients for Baby Chick Mini Cheese Balls are laid out on a white table, perfect for your Easter appetizer spread.

How to Make Easter Cheese Ball Bites

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Prepare the cream cheese mixture:  Mix the garlic powder, onion powder and 1 1/2 cups of the finely shredded cheddar cheese with the cream cheese until well combined.
Shape the cheese balls: Divide the cheese ball mixture 20 small round balls using a cookie scoop.
Roll them in shredded cheese: Roll each cream cheese ball in shredded cheese and put each one on a cracker.
Prepare the carrot: Cut carrot rounds, then cut pie shaped wedges out of the carrots to be the chick’s feet and cut more up to be the beaks.
The finishing touches: Add a pair of black peppercorns to each cheese ball as eyes (or make black olive eyes) and serve immediately on a serving plate!

Easter mini cheese balls on a wooden cutting board.

Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option:  If you want a gluten-free version, swap the crackers for cucumber slices.
Different cheese: You can use another kind of shredded cheese if you like, perhaps Emmentaler, Swiss cheese or even a Mexican or Italian blend.
Spice them up: A pinch of red pepper flakes or dash of hot sauce takes the heat up a notch!

Easter cheese balls displayed on a wooden board make for a festive Easter appetizer.

Serving Suggestions

Breakfast:  Try a bagel breakfast bake casserole for breakfast on Easter morning.
Main dish: Later in the day, you might like to have Pizza giana rustica, a savory Italian pie that’s popular at Easter. And how about some smoked potato salad to go with? Honey-glazed ham or a sheet pan ham dinner would also be ideal for Easter dinner.
Dessert: 
For dessert, consider lemon posset brulee or you could whip up lemon curd berry pavlova to fuel you up for fun Easter activities. Or chocolate cherry blossom cookies?
Drinks: Treat yourself to a raspberry bourbon smash!

Baby Chick Mini Cheese Ball on a white plate, perfect for an Easter appetizer.

How to Store this Cheese Ball Recipe

Store:  It’s best to store these without the cracker so it doesn’t get soggy. Arrange the cheeseballs on a baking sheet and cover them with plastic wrap. Eat them within a day or two.
Freeze:  The carrots would get mushy and the cheese balls would lose their shape when thawing, so it’s best not to freeze the cheese balls.

Baby Chick Cheese Balls on a wooden cutting board, perfect for Easter Sunday appetizers.

Top Tips

Firm them up: If the cream cheese mixture gets too warm it won’t hold its shape. If this happens, just pop the cheese ball mixture in the refrigerator for half an hour and then shape the cheese balls using a 1-inch cookie scoop (here).
Add some crunch: Chopped nuts or panko breadcrumbs can be used in place of the shredded cheddar cheese to add crunch as well as a contrasting flavor.
Kid-friendly option: Kids love cheese balls (even ones with bits of carrot!) and they also love cute Easter treats, but if there are young kids, swap the black peppercorn eyes for black olive pieces!

Baby Chick Mini Cheese Balls on a white plate which kids will love.

Mini Cheese Ball Chicks FAQs

Do you need a food processor to make mini cheese balls?

No but you do need to ensure the ingredients for the cheesy chicks are well combined so the flavors are evenly distributed. Allow the cheese to warm up to room temperature and you’ll find it easy enough to mix by hand using a wooden spoon.

How far ahead can you make these?

Feel free to make them several hours in advance but don’t put them on the crackers until ready to serve, so they don’t get soggy. Keep them refrigerated until serving.

Cheesy baby chick mini cheese balls on a wooden cutting board - the perfect Easter appetizer!

Baby Chick Mini Cheese Balls

5 from 6 votes

Baby Chick Cheese Balls

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Served on crackers, these baby chick mini cheese balls are a cute savory Easter treat. They make a very tasty snack or appetizer and are so darn cute!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 19

Ingredients 

  • 16 Ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 carrot, or 3 baby carrots
  • 40 black peppercorns
  • 20 crackers
  • 2 1/2 Cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in garlic powder, onion powder, and 1 1/2 cups of cheese. Mix until combined.
  • Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop and form 20 balls of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Roll each ball in the remaining cheddar cheese then place on top of a cracker (line them up on a baking sheet first, for ease).
  • Cut the carrot into 40 slices (2 feet for each baby chick). Then cut 5 more slices into quarters and use a quarter of the carrot slice for the chick’s beak.
  • Add two black peppercorns for eyes.

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1008IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Cheese balls are always popular at a party but these mini chick baby cheese balls take the cuteness factor up a level! They’re easy to make and you probably already have all the ingredients to hand. Each mini cheese ball is flavored with garlic, onion and Worcestershire sauce and the eyes, beak and feet are made with carrot and peppercorn. These cute cheeseballs might well be the cutest thing on your Easter table!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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