Get festive this Easter and make these adorable Easter Appetizers - Baby Chick Cheese Balls! These bite sized balls of fun are so cute and the perfect size to pop right in your mouth!
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Since I started blogging and creating festive food for parties, I've shared ideas for transforming a simple cheese ball into mini monsters, a Halloween cat, warm fuzzies, a wedding cake and woman getting a facial. I couldn't let Easter go by without adding chicks to my list of crafty cheese balls.
My Baby Chick Cheese Balls are tiny, yellow, and fuzzy, just like real chicks. Won't they be a cute addition to your Easter dinner table?
Just be sure that the cheese ball mixture is not loaded with large chunks of meat, vegetables, or nuts. Chop everything finely so that you can scoop and roll a tiny cheese ball to make these cute baby chicks.
Baby Chick Cheese Balls
Most packaged shredded cheese have long strips of cheese. I wanted the chicks' fuzz to be shorter so I poured the packaged shredded cheese into the food processor and pulsed it a few times, just to make the cheese pieces shorter.
You can also do this with a knife if you prefer, or just leave the cheese long.
Use a mini ice cream scoop or spoon to scoop out about ½ tablespoon of the cheese ball mixture. Drop it into the shredded cheese. Roll around, pressing on the cheese, creating a ball. Reserve a small amount of the cheese ball mixture to use as edible glue to attach the decorations. It's best to scoop out some of the cheese ball mixture before adding anything chunky like bacon.
Cut 2 mini daisy shapes, 2 mini tear drops, and 1 mini triangle out of slices of cheddar cheese for each chick you are making. Brush the daisy shapes (which will become the chick's feet) and the beaks with orange food coloring.
Use some of the reserved cheese ball "glue" to attach the feet and beak to the cheese ball.
Attach the wings to the side of the ball.
To make the eyes. Slice thin slivers off the sides of black olives. Press the small end of a pastry tip or straw into the olive. Twist and pull up. To remove the eyes from the pastry tip, turn it so the large opening is down and tap it a few times until the eyes fall out. If using a straw, push it out the open end. Attach the eyes to the cheese ball chicks by just pressing them into the cheese.
Set the chicks on crackers and they are ready to serve.
To store, place just the decorated chicks in an airtight container. Just before serving, set the chicks on crackers.
Items used to make this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
- 1 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup very finely chopped bacon
- 6 ounces finely shredded cheddar cheese cut into small pieces
- 4 slices cheddar or American cheese
- orange food coloring
- 4-6 black olives
Stir together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of this mixture.
Stir the bacon into the remaining cheese ball mixture.
Scoop out ½ tablespoon size scoops of the cheese ball mixture.
Roll into the small pieces of finely shredded cheddar cheese shaping into balls.
Cut 2 tear drop shapes, 2 flower shapes, and one tiny triangle from the cheddar cheese for each cheese ball chick you have made.
Brush orange food coloring over the triangles and flowers (or brush the coloring over the slice of cheese, allow to dry, then cut out the shapes).
Cut thin slivers off the edges of the black olives and cut into tiny circles.
Attach two tear drop shaped wings to the sides of each cheese ball using the reserved cheese ball mixture.
If needed, warm the reserved cheese ball mixture in the microwave on the defrost setting for about 10 seconds.
Attach a triangle beak and two flower shaped feet to each cheese ball then attach two black olive eyes.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Set cheese balls on crackers just before serving.
- Do not refrigerate the cheese ball chicks on the crackers. The crackers will get too soft.
- If you prefer not to use food coloring you can use carrots for the orange beaks and feet.
- If you don't have the tiny cutters, use kitchen shears or a knife to cut out the decorations.
- You'll notice in the video below that I brush the orange food coloring over a slice of cheese, allow it to dry, then cut out the flower shaped feet and beaks. This technique works great and I prefer it to the technique I used in the tutorial above.
- In the video I use a different daisy cutter to make the feet, but either cutter works fine. You can get all three cutters you need in one Premo Clay Cutter set from Amazon or the craft store in the clay aisle.
BABY CHICK CHEESE BALLS VIDEO TUTORIAL:
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