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Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

If you like a good sausage and cheese biscuit for breakfast you will love Cream Cheese Sausage Balls as an appetizer even more. With just 4 ingredients, they are a crowd pleaser for sure!

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Cream Cheese Sausage Balls Recipe

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls bring together all the great flavors of a great breakfast sandwich in one little ball that you can eat in one or two bites.

Made with simple ingredients, they are hands down the perfect easy appetizer for game day or holiday parties.

Slightly spicy pork sausage mixed with light and fluffy baking mix, shredded cheese, and cream cheese make these sausage balls moist and chewy.

You can change up the spiciness with your choice of pork sausage and even add more heat by using a pepper jack shredded cheese instead of cheddar.

Try these alongside my sausage cream cheese crescents, sausage empanadas, or my pimento cheese sausage balls on game days or at your next holiday party.

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Ingredients Needed

Sausage – I like to use the spicy sausage. But Italian sausage and even the maple sausage work really well with this recipe!

Baking Mix – I like to use Bisquick mix, and even a homemade bisquick, but use your favorite complete baking me for this.

Cheddar Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese is best or substitute Pepper Jack.

Cream Cheese – For ease of mixing, bring the cream cheese to room temperature and cut into cubes before incorporating it into the mix.

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How to Make Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

First: Preheat oven to 350F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Second: In a large mixing bowl, combine sausage and cream cheese. Add the baking mix and cheddar cheese. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Third: Scoop the sausage mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Fourth: Bake in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cool slightly, and enjoy!

Enjoy these with your favorite dipping sauce!

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Do they need to be refrigerated?

Yes, you want to keep sausage balls in the refrigerator. The best way to is to store them in an airtight container.

Can I leave cream cheese sausage balls out overnight?

I have eaten day-old pizza with sausage on it that was left out, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I actually like leftover sausage balls cold, but the best way to re-heat them in my opinion is to pop them in the oven again for a few minutes.

You can use the microwave, but they get a little chewy that way. I like them popped in the toaster oven or air fryer for a few minutes as well.

How to Freeze Sausage Balls

One of the best things about sausage balls is that you can freeze them to have whenever you want. You can freeze the balls before they are baked or after.

If you want to freeze them before baking roll them into balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and into the freezer, once frozen you can place them in a freezer bag for up to three months.

You can also freeze baked sausage balls in a freezer safe bag or container for up to three months.

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • Cube the cream cheese and let it come to room temperature so it incorporates better.
  • Switch up the hot sausage for a regular sausage, mild sausage, or maple flavor.
  • Grate your own cheese for better melting.
  • No baking mix? Try all purpose flour mixed with baking powder and shortening.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer is best but you can use your hands. You can also use a food processor.
  • Use a small cookie scoop for consistent sizes when scooping.
  • Chill before baking to keep the balls from spreading a coming out flat.
  • If they seem dense you can always add a teaspoon of baking powder to the mix
  • Depending on the size of the sausage cheese balls and your oven, you may need to increase the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

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These are seriously the best bisquick sausage balls around. You will want to make a batch of this delicious appetizer today. They also make a great quick breakfast to have prepped for busy mornings.

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Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

If you like a good sausage and cheese biscuit for breakfast you will love Cream Cheese Sausage Balls as an appetizer even more. With just 4 ingredients, they are a crowd pleaser for sure!
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Easy Finger Foods
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 60 sausage balls
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot pork sausage ground
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups all purpose baking mix Bisquick
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sausage and cream cheese.
  • Add the baking mix and the cheese. Mix to combine thoroughly.
  • Scoop into 1 inch balls. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to keep them all the same size.)
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to firm up.
  • Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Remove to a cooling rack or paper towel lined plate. Cool slightly.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Cube the cream cheese and let it come to room temperature so it incorporates better.
  • Switch up the hot sausage for a regular sausage, mild sausage, or maple flavor.
  • Grate your own cheese for better melting.
  • No baking mix? Try all purpose flour mixed with baking powder and shortening.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer is best but you can use your hands. You can also use a food processor.
  • Use a small cookie scoop for consistent sizes when scooping.
  • Chill before baking to keep the balls from spreading a coming out flat.
  • If they seem dense you can always add a teaspoon of baking powder to the mix
  • Depending on the size of the sausage cheese balls and your oven, you may need to increase the cooking time to 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 3g | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 448mg | Sugar: 2g

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Recipe Rating




Christine

Tuesday 4th of October 2022

This looks really good.Please send me the website thank you

Natalie

Thursday 11th of November 2021

That is such a great holiday appetizer idea. Looks delicious!

Allyssa

Thursday 11th of November 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It's really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

Camille

Thursday 11th of November 2021

This really looks so delicious and easy to make!

Gloria

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

I could make a meal out of these delicious little gems.