Bacon Goat Cheese Pretzel Pops

by Erin

It’s hard to beat bacon on a stick, especially when goat cheese is involved and the stick is a pretzel. These easy bacon goat cheese pretzel pops are great for parties.

Bacon Goat Cheese Pretzel Pops by The Spiffy Cookie #recipe #thespiffycookie #baconpops

There are several recipes that I discovered in my early years of cooking on my own in college and a little later when I finally started my own blog that have stuck around, that’s how you know they are good ones. Unfortunately, back in the day Pinterest and hashtags did not exist so recipes I wanted to hold on to were either printed and filed away who knows where or saved as PDFs (a great idea until I got tired of sorting them all into folders). This recipe is one that I have had to scour the internet for more than once over the years, proving that my google skills are strong given that I only knew they were min cheese balls covered in bacon and mistakenly thought they were made with blue cheese instead of goat cheese.

Bacon Goat Cheese Pretzel Pops by The Spiffy Cookie #appetizer #recipe #savorypops

Fun fact, I first tried this recipe from The Kitchn 8 years ago while making dinner with friends on NYE, just over 1 year after I started this blog of mine. Fast forward to the present and now I am in a cookbook club of which the Editor-in-Chief of The Kitchn is a member. A fact I was clueless about when I first met her (not that I could have known). I tried not to fall out of my chair one night when others were casually inquiring about recent articles on her “website” and I asked “which website?” to which she responded matter-of-factly “The Kitchn”. She even shared an article about one of our most recent cookbook club nights and invited everyone to join The Kitchn’s virtual cookbook club!

Bacon Goat Cheese Pretzel Pops by The Spiffy Cookie #recipe #bacongoatcheese #minicheeseball

Three years ago: Weekly Meal Plan #29

Five years ago: Healthy Vegetarian Taco Salad

Six years ago: Mixed Berry Slab Pie

Seven years ago: Roasted Cherry Brownie Cheesecake


Makes 2 dozen


4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature

4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh basil, divided

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

6 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and finely chopped

24 small pretzel sticks

Green apple slices, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the goat cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of basil and black pepper, mixing until well distributed.
  2. With wet hands, form 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined plate/baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the pecans, bacon, and remaining basil. Roll cheese balls in the bacon mixture, pressing with your fingers to help it stick. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. When ready, insert pretzel sticks* and serve on a platter along with some green apple slices.

* If the pretzels are added too soon they will become soggy.

Source: Adapted slightly from The Kitchn.

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