Olive Cheese Balls Recipe #HolidayAppetizers

This week is just flying by! It’s day four of our #HolidayAppetizers recipes where myself and three other bloggers are sharing a party favourite each day. By the end of the week you’ll have a bunch of new appetizer recipes to serve to your guests this holiday season.

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As I mentioned before, I love olives and my preference being green olives although I will eat black olives once in a while. John despises olives though. I notice people either love them or hate them. I’m definitely team love which is why I whipped up a batch of these savoury, cheesy and little spicy Olive Cheese Balls. It’s a green olive wrapped in a cheese dough baked until golden brown. They are delicious on their own and don’t need any sauce. I could eat this whole batch myself….

This recipe only makes 12 individual appetizers so if you are having a large get-together I recommend you either double or triple the recipe.

Olive Cheese Balls Recipe #HolidayAppetizers

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Olive Cheese Balls
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of salt and cayenne pepper
  • 12 olives stuffed with pimento, dried thoroughly with a paper towel
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cheese and butter. Then add in flour, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt and cayenne and mix together.
  3. Add water and mix together (you may need to use your hands for this).
  4. Grab about a tsp of the dough mixture and mould it around an olive to make a round little ball. Place each ball on your cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 14 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown. Serve hot. Makes 12 individual appetizers.

Olive Cheese Balls Recipe #HolidayAppetizers

Olive Cheese Balls Recipe #HolidayAppetizers

To find more appetizer recipes, head over to my friends’ blogs!


  1. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says

    These look great, I only like these types of olives. Hubby hates them so I would have to eat these all by myself – but with only making 12 that might be ok!

  2. Sandy Cain says

    This is a “must-do” for me! I love anything with cheese – and I love pimento-stuffed green olives! (Can’t stand black olives, though). Thanks for the recipe, I AM going to triple it! (Be lucky if I don’t eat it all myself!

  3. Erika B says

    Oh my goodness!!!! This is awesome I am sooo making these, we love olives and cheese so these will be a huge hit on Christmas Eve!!!

  4. MPaula says

    I first make a similar recipe about 10 years ago. I don’t know what I did wrong but they did not turn out as balls after baking. They were a flat disk with a bump of olive in the middle! Funny looking but good! When I made them again they were balls.

  5. Jenny Nicole says

    Yum! These look amazing! I have been searching for bite size appetizers for our holiday gatherings! This looks delicious. I will be trying these out soon!

  6. David says

    Growing up UI never liked olives, but as an adult I do. My kids are the same way I was. A recipe like this may turn them around.

  7. Joni Caraway (trippygrandmaof3) says

    These look good and are easy to make. May try chopping the olives up to make them. Pinning for later, thanks for sharing.

  8. says

    This is probably the only way you could get me to eat olives! Mmmm they look so good. Perfect appetizer for the holidays.

    Passing by from Treasure Box Tuesday,

  9. Rick F (rhodry69) says

    Stacey, I started making these 20 years ago, I was talking to a friend recently and he was telling me about the time that I was at his place and saw a jar of olives in the fridge. I took them home and called him over shortly to have some Olive Cheese Balls. I was going to make some and I couldn’t find the recipe. Thanks. They sure are good.

  10. kymi a says

    You had me at Olives and the rest is just wowza!! This is perfect for mini appetizers or tapa’s. Looks so delish and I can’t wait to wow my family and friends with this. Thank you for sharing.


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