Sunday, December 20, 2015


Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball

Holiday Tree-Shaped Cheese Ball
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 20 min
  • Servings 7


3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
Red pepper sauce
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley or cilantro
1/4 cup pine nuts or sliced almonds
2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper
Piece of lemon peel, if desired
Assorted crackers, if desired


  • Stir together cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; divide in half. Stir pesto into 1 half; stir onion, mustard and 2 or 3 drops pepper sauce into other half. Cover each half; refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape.
  • Place cheese mixtures on cookie sheet. Shape each half into cone shape to look like a pine tree.
  • If desired, wrap each tree, label and freeze up to 1 month. Twelve hours before serving, remove trees from freezer. Thaw in wrapper in refrigerator.
  • Just before serving, roll trees in parsley, pressing it evenly onto trees. Press pine nuts onto trees in string form for garland. Press bell pepper pieces onto trees for ornaments. Top each tree with star shape cut from lemon peel. Serve with crackers.


  1. beautiful!!!!
    I hope you don't mind but I'm linking this recipe on my blogg, its so pretty to share!!

  2. Found your blog via Laurie's post. I love the recipes you have posted - I love comfort food and you have some great recipes that I have already copied & placed in my "Gotta Try Recipes" binder. Today's recipe is just as beautiful on the eyes as it sounds delicious.

  3. Came from Laurie's blog! Excellent recipe! Thank you! Happy New Year!