Pinecone Shaped Cheese Ball Holiday Appetizer With Cream Cheese & Almonds

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This festive pinecone cheese ball is a must for your holiday party!   This food replica of a real pinecone, with scales and pine needles, will surely put you in a holiday spirit!

Pinecone Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe

When I think about the cheese ball appetizer, my hand is looking for an imaginary cracker to help me dig in. And when it’s no ordinary cheese ball, but a pinecone shaped one, I’m unstoppable!

This holiday pinecone cheese ball is simply awesome! The pinecone is made out of flavored cream cheese, the scales out of almonds and the pine needles out of rosemary sprigs – so fun!  This is the most delicious pinecone ever!

This clever recipe is great for your budget too.  Making a pinecone cream cheese ball costs a fraction of the traditional cheese board!  You can get a package of cream cheese for $1.50, half a cup of almonds for a few bucks, Ritz crackers for $2 to serve with the cheese ball, and you’ve got yourself a really fancy appetizer!  This proves that you don’t need a lot of money to put out impressive-looking foods!

Pinecone cheese ball appetizer is extremely quick and easy to make – no cooking is needed and you can put it together in 5 minutes.  First, whip the cream cheese with the flavoring of your choice in a food processor (I like it with green onions, you can also use fresh herbs or honey).  You can also use packaged flavored cream cheese, but I still recommend processing it in a food processor so the consistency becomes softer (like a dip instead of a hard block of cream cheese).  Then shape the cream cheese into a pinecone shape, add almonds on top to look like pinecone scales, add crackers around the pinecone for serving and add sprigs of fresh rosemary to resemble pine needles.  That’s it!

Holiday Pinecone Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe

How To Make Pinecone Cheese Ball

Step 1: Whip cream cheese in a food processor with choice of flavorings

Cream cheese flavored with green onions, dill, parsley or honey tastes awesome!

Step 2: Shape cream cheese into pinecone shape

Step 3: Put the almonds on top to resemble scales

How To Make Pinecone Cheese Ball

Pinecone Cream Cheese Ball

Pinecone Cheese Ball Recipe

Step 4: Add crackers (if serving) around the pinecone

Pine Cone Cheese Ball With Crackers

Step 5: Add fresh rosemary to look like pine needles

Pinecone Cheese Ball Holiday Appetizer

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Pinecone Cheese Ball Appetizer

This flavored cream cheese ball is covered with almonds and shaped to resemble a pinecone - amazing! This is the perfect appetizer for the Holiday parties!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 package 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 stalk green onion coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary


  • Put green onion and cream cheese in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for 1 minute, or until the cream cheese is well blended with the onion.
  • Put the cream cheese mixture in the middle of a plate and shape into a pinecone shape.
  • Put the almonds on top of the cream cheese pinecone to resemble the pinecone scales.
  • Put the rosemary sprigs on top of the pinecone to resemble the pine needles.


You can use packaged flavored cream cheese of your choice for other flavors.
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