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Easy Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Log

A Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Log is the perfect appetizer to make for a holiday party! With just four simple ingredients, this tasty appetizer is ready in less than 15 minutes. The combination of creamy cheese, tart cranberries and crunchy pecans is so delicious it might become your new favorite appetizer. 

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Ingredients

This recipe calls for easy to find ingredients, many of which you may already have in your home! For this recipe you will need:

  • Goat Cheese Log– these logs can usually be found in the deli or specialty cheese section of the grocery store. This recipe calls for a plain one, however if you see a flavor you would like with the cranberries and pecans, go for it!
  • Cranberries– dried sweetened cranberries roughly chopped is all you need.
  • Pecans– Roasted and unsalted. I prefer to buy the ones in the baking section that are raw. Then, I toss them on a pan and roast them at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. Chop them up and they are ready for this recipe.
  • Honey– any type will work, use your favorite.

See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for ingredient amounts and the full recipe directions.

How to Make a Goat Cheese Log

To start, make sure to chop the pecans and cranberries roughly. This will make them easier to stick onto the goat cheese log. Then, combine the cranberries and pecans on a plate.

Take the log out of the package and roll in the cranberries and pecans. If necessary, push them in so they stick to the cheese better. If you are having a hard time getting the cranberries and pecans to stick, let the goat cheese sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. This will allow the cheese to “sweat” making it easier for them to stick.

Once the log is covered on all sides, move it to a serving platter. Drizzle with honey. Serve with your favorite crackers, pita chips, pretzels, fruit, etc. A small knife will make serving the cheese log easier as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this with a ball of cheese instead of a log?

Of course! Shape the goat cheese however you would like and then continue to make the recipe as described.

How should I travel with this appetizer?

If you are bringing this appetizer to a party and you are concerned about warmer temperatures or it being at room temperature for more than 15 minutes, store the appetizer in an insulated cooler with ice gel packs to travel. This will ensure the cheese log stays cold until it is served.

How should I serve this cheese log?

This cheese log is delicious all on it’s own with crackers. Alternatively, you can add it to a charcuterie board or appetizer board with other snacks, cheeses, fruit and crackers. The combination of cranberries and pecans makes it perfect for winter holidays, but it can be served anytime of the year.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! Prepping your holiday spread and want to make this festive appetizer ahead of time? We recommend waiting to add the honey until it is time to serve it. Wrap the cheese log coated in cranberries and pecans in a large piece of plastic wrap to keep it together and refrigerate until ready to serve or up to 24 hours.

cranberry pecan goat cheese log on a marble board with crackers

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cranberry pecan goat cheese log on a marble board with crackers side view

Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Log

Yield: 1 log
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Log is a super simple appetizer or snack perfect for a party!

Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz goat cheese log
  • 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2/3 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
  • honey

Instructions

  1. Chop pecans and cranberries and mix together on plate.
  2. Roll goat cheese log in pecans and cranberries and push them into the cheese. Continue rotating cheese until all sides are covered.
  3. Move to serving dish and drizzle with honey.
  4. Serve with crackers, pretzels, fruit, etc.

Notes

Nuts can be swapped to accommodate allergies.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 6g

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