How to Make a Decorative Holiday Cheese Ball
Easy Cranberry Cheese Ball
Cheese balls are perfect for any occasion. They're easy to make and travel well. Christmas cheese balls are especially festive and add a bit of delicious decor to your table. You can make them look like Christmas trees, pine cones, snowmen, and more. I chose to make mine to resemble an ornament. I mixed in cranberries and decorated it with shapes cut from red and green peppers.
Fresh rosemary, garlic, and cranberries help flavor this classic Christmas cheese ball. Neufchâtel or cream cheese (your preference) is combined with bold-flavored goat cheese in this easy-to-follow recipe. Neufchâtel and cream cheese are basically the same, except Neufchâtel is made entirely of milk fat, while cream cheese contains cream.
Serve your cheese ball Christmas tree ornament with your favorite crackers as a part of your holiday spread. Festive cheese balls make pretty and tasty additions to Christmas and New Year’s parties!
- one 8-ounce package cream cheese or Neufchâtel
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- fresh rosemary
- desired amount of dried cranberries
- Prepare the fresh rosemary and garlic by chopping them into small pieces.
- Cream the cheeses together with an electric mixer.
- Stir in the cranberries, rosemary, and garlic into the cheese in a mixing bowl
- Shape the mixture into a ball.
- Wrap your cheese ball in Saran wrap and let chill for at least 2 hours.
- Decorate to your liking before serving.
Other Holiday Cheese Ball Ideas
1. From the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything, a Christmas tree-shaped cheese ball is decorated with chopped parsley, pine nuts, and shapes cut from red and yellow peppers.
2. Freebie Finding Mom's snowman cheese ball is adorable with its cucumber slice hat, black olive buttons, pretzel stick arms, and of course, a carrot nose.
3. From Hungry Happenings, this Rudolph cheese ball sounds especially tasty and is encrusted in finely-chopped pecans with a cherry tomato nose, crispy bacon strip antlers, and white cheese eyes painted with black food coloring.
4. A pinecone cheese ball by The Petitecook is made with soft goat cheese and chopped cranberries. It's decorated with almonds and a sprig of rosemary.
5. Pop a pretty mini cheese ball ornament in your mouth with this idea from The Comfort of Cooking. They're made of only three ingredients and rolled in a variety of coverings to look different. Use chopped chives, bacon, jalapenos, scallions, cranberries, nuts, or any colorful fresh vegetable. Insert a small pita chip in each for easy snacking!