Cheese Olive Balls - Halloween Party Appetizers

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese balls, game day, hors d'oeuvres, olives, party food
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerated Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 149kcal
Little cheese ball puffs stuffed with manzanilla olives -- great for Halloween, or cover the whole olive in cheese pastry for a delicious hot appetizer for any occasion. Based on a recipe by Betty Crocker.
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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more if you like heat
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 48-60 small pimento stuffed manzanilla olives (can use kalamata, too)


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine.  Add the cheddar cheese and stir to coat the cheese.
  • Make a well in the center of the cheese mixture and add the melted butter. Use a wooden spoon to combine the flour, cheese, butter mixture.  The mixture will become harder to stir and that's when you use your hands to fully combine the cheese dough.
  • Drain the olives and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Scoop 1 teaspoon of dough and shape it around the olive, taking care to allow the pimento and part of the olive to show through the dough.  Transfer to a baking sheet.  Continue to form "eyeballs" with the rest of the dough and olives.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before baking.  While the olives chill, preheat the oven to 400°. Bake the cheese olive bites for 15-20 minutes or until golden and puffy.  Transfer to a platter and serve.


  • Can be made ahead to this point and frozen, not touching in a single layer for two hours or until solid.  Transfer to a freezer bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months.  Thaw before baking, using the baking instructions above.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 26mg | Vitamin A: 330IU | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 0.6mg