In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, garlic, honey, and pepper. Mix with a rubber spatula until well combined.
In another medium bowl, mix together the chopped pecans, dried cranberries, and chopped parsley.
Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, roll two teaspoons of goat cheese into a ball.
Press goat cheese into the nut mixture, coating both sides of the goat cheese as it flattens.
Reroll the goat cheese into a ball and if needed roll in mixture again to coat more.
Place on serving platter and if desired, drizzle with a balsamic reduction before serving.
I used this Balsamic Reduction to drizzle over the goat cheese bites. I halved the recipe, using only 1 cup and added 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey as it simmered. It added a delicious finishing touch, but can also be served without it.