Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites “Donkey Balls”

These sausage and cream cheese bites have a funny name “donkey balls”. However, they are packed with flavor and will soon become not only the talk of the party, but one of the requested recipes.

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Donkey Balls Appetizer
Donkey Balls Appetizer

This is a fun recipe to make for gatherings. The recipe is courtesy of my daughter. She made these for the first time when camping. My husband and I were lucky enough to have her make extra and bring some over.

Complimentary Sauces and Dips

I tried one plain and while it was good;, I immediately thought it would be better with a drizzle of maple syrup. That delicious photo is shown below. Wouldn’t you like to take one off the plate and have one? So yummy and satisfying.

Sausage and Cream Cheese Appetizer
Sausage and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Dipping Sauce

My husband and daughter opted for a dipping sauce. They came up with a concoction of 1/2 maple syrup and 1/2 barbecue sauce. They dipped their sausage and cream cheese appetizer in their sauce and loved it. For me, I will stick with the maple syrup.

This is one of those recipes that will lend itself to a variety of dips and sauces.

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You may try our two options already mentioned. However, these may also be great with french dressing, teriyaki sauce, ketch up, or ranch dressing,

Sausage and Cream Cheese Bites Drizzled with Maple Syrup
Sausage and Cream Cheese Bites Drizzled with Maple Syrup

Sausage for Recipe

If you want to use the Jimmy Dean Sausage and cannot find it locally, you can find it here. While this recipes calls for 16 oz. of Jimmy Dean Sausage, it would be delicious with a variety of meat. Such as, regular ground pork, maple flavored pork, hamburger, or ground chicken or turkey. Note: the change of meat will change the flavor of this recipe. But, I encourage you to try a variety to see what you and your family like best.

Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites “Donkey Balls”

Sausage and cream cheese filled bread bites.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, Cream Cheese, game day, recipe, snack
Servings: 40 bites


  • 2 Packages Crescent Rolls
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 16 Oz. Jimmy Dean Sausage 1 standard package
  • 1 Mediun Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder


  • Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit. In a saucepan, cook the sausage, diced onion, and garlic powder until thoroughly cooked through. Make sure to break up the sausage in small pieces while cooking.
  • Drain and cool.
  • Add the cream cheese to the sausage mixture. Mix with a spoon until blended. Set aside.
  • Open the first container of crescent rolls. Separate the first crescent and cut in half to make two triangles.
  • Fill each triangle with a teaspoon of the sausage and cream cheese mixture. Then bring the sides of the crescent dough up and around the filling. Make sure to pinch together to seal. Continue adding filling to the rest of the crescents.
  • Place on cookie sheet approximately 1 inch apart.
    Prepping Donkey Balls
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the crescent is golden brown. No worries about the inside filling as that is already pre-cooked and safe to eat.
  • Enjoy plain or with the maple syrup drizzle or some other dipping sauce.
    Sausage and Cream Cheese Appetizer



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3 thoughts on “Sausage & Cream Cheese Bites “Donkey Balls””

  1. Very tasty… made them however I used more filling and rolled them as you would a crescent roll just tucking the edges a bit to keep the filling within the roll. Very easy to make. Thank you for the recipe

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