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How to Make a Decorative Holiday Cheese Ball

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher, a freelance writer, and an avid recycler.

This is my holiday ornament-themed cranberry cheese ball.

This is my holiday ornament-themed cranberry 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!

Ingredients

  • one 8-ounce package cream cheese or Neufchâtel
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • fresh rosemary
  • garlic
  • desired amount of dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fresh rosemary and garlic by chopping them into small pieces.
  2. Cream the cheeses together with an electric mixer.
  3. Stir in the cranberries, rosemary, and garlic into the cheese in a mixing bowl
  4. Shape the mixture into a ball.
  5. Wrap your cheese ball in Saran wrap and let chill for at least 2 hours.
  6. 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!

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Comments

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 18, 2019:

Thanks, Michele. I think it would be okay to let the kids help a little. Like maybe add the features. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on December 18, 2019:

Wow! This is such an interesting topic/recipe! I love the cheese balls that are decorated like Christmas trees. That is just so creative. I bet it’s really fun to decorate those. Can kids join in? Or is this too messy for their little hands? Awesome hub! Thanks for sharing this to those like me who know nothing about cooking. ;)

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 14, 2019:

Yes, it was easy. Quick, fun, and festive. Good to see you here. Happy holidays!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 14, 2019:

That's great! They're quite easy! Have fun!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 14, 2019:

Yeah,it's really rasy. Thanks, Pam.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 13, 2019:

The cheese ball looks delicious and not too difficult. Thanks for these directions.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on December 13, 2019:

The holiday cheese ball looks delicious. I'm going to use your recipe and the other ideas for my Christmas guests and relatives!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 12, 2019:

Thanks, Ruby Jean. I saw lots of cute turkey cheese balls while I was searching. Keeping that in mind for next year! Happy holidays!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 12, 2019:

This is really cool. We had Thanksgiving dinner with my husband's son and his wife had a Thanksgiving cheeseball which was very colorful. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 12, 2019:

You are welcome, Peggy. Enjoy your holidays!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 12, 2019:

You are welcome, I hope you do.I want to try the oine cone one.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2019:

Wow! What great decorative ideas for cheese balls during the Christmas season. Thanks for giving us your recipe as well as featuring others. Sharing this!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 12, 2019:

These recipes look wonderful and inviting. Such creative ideas and beautiful presentation. I liked all of them, and would love to try some of them.

Thanks for sharing this excellent article.

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