Cheese Ball Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

A cheese “ball” in the shape of a Christmas tree? That’s right! This delicious, adorable Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is perfect for a holiday cocktail party.

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Cheese Ball Christmas Tree
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Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Prep Time30 mins
Refrigeration Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 12 servings (1 large cheese "ball")
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 (8-ounce/227-gram) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • cup dried cranberries
  • Kosher or fine sea salt , to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • 1 cup Italian flat leaf parsley, finely minced
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Place the cheddar cheese in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the cream cheese and process until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed. Add the cranberries and pulse until fully mixed. Season to taste with salt and pepper but go easy on the salt, as these are typically eaten with crackers. (If you don’t have a food processor, just grate the cheddar cheese finely, chop the cranberries and mix everything in a mixing bowl.)
  • Place the parsley on some waxed paper or a flat plate. Using wet hands, form the cheese mixture into a ball, then shape into a cone. Roll the cheese in the parsley, reinforcing the cone shape, as needed. Place on a serving plate.
  • Insert the almond slices into the cheese in concentric circles, starting from the bottom going up. Place in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Can be made 1 day ahead; wrap loosely with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. Serve with your favorite gluten-free crackers.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Tree Cheese Ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 359mg15%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1308IU26%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 332mg33%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: 5-Ingredient Almonds Cheddar Cheese Cheese Christmas Cranberries Cream Cheese Parsley
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