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Black Friday 2018

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Easy & Festive Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer

Serves 20

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Ingredients

Directions

1

Mix softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayo, ranch seasoning, green onions, and bacon crumbles in a mixing bowl.

2

Place mixture in the fridge to chill, while toasting almonds.

3

On a large cookie sheet, roast whole almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or so until browned.

4

On a large platter or tray, form two pine cone shapes with cheese mixture. (A pine cone shape will have one wide flatter end and one pointy end.) 

5

Starting at the pointy end, press almonds into the cheese so that the tip of the almond is facing out and pointing down. Continue up the cone until it's covered with almonds. (It may look odd at first but gets better!) 

6

Optional but fun, arrange some rosemary pieces and a few cranberries at the top of pine cones so it looks like pine needles.

7

Chill appetizer in fridge until ready to serve.

24 Comments

Looking for a unique and easy to make holiday appetizer?🎄

How about making a yummy cheese ball that looks like a pine cone?! You can actually use your favorite cheese ball recipe to implement this idea, or make the easy and delicious bacon ranch flavored version I’m sharing today.


This appetizer appears super fancy and festive, but it’s actually fairly SIMPLE to make!

Just form mixture into a pine cone shape on a plate or cheeseboard and press almonds all around the top. I roasted about a cup and a half of raw almonds to enhance flavor first, but that step is optional.


Note: This recipe uses two bars of cream cheese and would make two pine cones, so feel free to half it if entertaining for a small crowd.

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

No one can resist a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, especially when it's shaped like a pine cone!

Ingredients

Directions

1

Mix softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayo, ranch seasoning, green onions, and bacon crumbles in a mixing bowl.

2

Place mixture in the fridge to chill, while toasting almonds.

3

On a large cookie sheet, roast whole almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or so until browned.

4

On a large platter or tray, form two pine cone shapes with cheese mixture. (A pine cone shape will have one wide flatter end and one pointy end.) 

5

Starting at the pointy end, press almonds into the cheese so that the tip of the almond is facing out and pointing down. Continue up the cone until it's covered with almonds. (It may look odd at first but gets better!) 

6

Optional but fun, arrange some rosemary pieces and a few cranberries at the top of pine cones so it looks like pine needles.

7

Chill appetizer in fridge until ready to serve.

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

I appreciate that cheese ball appetizers can be made ahead of time, and are super easy to adapt and customize to taste! You could go with more of a garlic and fresh herb version instead of bacon, and maybe experiment with adding different soft cheeses such as goat cheese or blue cheese.

Options are endless!

This Pine Cone Cheese Ball looks super pretty and would be such a delicious snack to take to a Christmas or New Years Eve party! It could even be a nice low carb option if you serve with veggies instead of crackers.



Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 24

  1. Emily

    This looks amazing thank you so much for sharing!

    • Lina D

      Sure- thanks for stopping by!

  2. harlooey

    How precious: )

  3. Heidy

    looks delicious

    • Lina D

      Thanks Heidy!

  4. Materpueri

    Yum!

    • Lina D

      Yes! So yum 👍

  5. Raea

    This is great.

    • Lina D

      Thanks!!

  6. Sandy

    Looks delicious and so pretty thanks for posting!

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome and THANKS!

  7. Belle

    Yum! Thinking about trying the studded almonds on baked brie 🙂

  8. Danielle Quannie

    I got to try Lina’s creation today and it was amazing! I’m excited to try it out on my family during the holidays. Thank you so much Lina!

    • Lina D

      Aw yay! Thanks Danielle!

  9. Mel R.

    This cheese ball is really good. I’ve made it in the past for New Year’s Eve parties. What kind of crackers do you have with yours Lina?

    • Lina D

      The ones shown are thin water ones, but hands down my favorite are Cars Water Crackers. So good and sturdy.

      • Mel R.

        Thank You! I usually bring it with Ritz, but Water Crackers would be a good addition.

  10. CarinaJ

    Have a party this weekend.That’s a great idea.

    • Lina D

      Thanks Carina! Have a fun weekend 👍

  11. *Angela-Miles*

    Question: I have been looking for a cheese ball tray for a few weeks. My mother wants one for Christmas and she said she can’t find them anymore. I’ve looked in three stores and they don’t carry them. The one she had was clear with snowmen on the lid and she thinks my dad must have tossed it :-/ how frustrating Lol!!! Can you recommend a place that has some cute ones?

    • JenniferS

      Make your own so much better plus you know all the ingredients, no preservatives like in a store bought.

    • Cori

      I googled the item and they can be ordered from Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond. I’ve always wanted one but it’s not a “need” just a “want” and a good deal hasn’t presented itself yet . But I’m not giving up hope ! Lol

    • Lina D

      Do you mean the trays with a dome lid right? I saw some at TJMaxx and Homegoods the other day! Good luck!

  12. *Angela-Miles*

    Yep the trays with a dome lid 🙂 . I will check tjmaxx and home goods tonight, hopefully I find one their. If not I guess I’ll have to order online at Walmart and give it for her birthday. Thanks for all the help Lina, I appreciate it 🙂
    Oh and Cori, let me know if you find a good deal sometime on one, cuz I’ll grab one for myself also Lol. I’ve never had one for me, but she always had one growing up and used it to sit the cheeseball on the top shelf of the fridge. I use to snack on it in the middle of the night haha

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