Christmas Recipe:  Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer
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Christmas Recipe: Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer

Pinecone Cheeseball Appetizer


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  • 1 ¼ cups almonds
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup crumbled bacon pieces or packaged Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 jalapeño diced and seeds removed
  • ½ cup pepper jack cheese grated
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: sprigs of rosemary for garnish


  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, bacon bits, diced jalapeño, and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Use clean hands and work the ingredients together to create a large ball. Chill overnight in covered bowl to allow flavors to blend.
  • On a serving platter, divide cheese mixture into 2 portions and shape each into a pine cone. This works best by simply using your hands to roll each portion into a ball, then gently squeezing on end downwards to create somewhat of a narrow point.
  • Press the almonds at a slight angle into the cheese, starting at the narrow end of the pine cone shape. Continue to overlap rows until all of the cheese is covered.
  • Garnish with rosemary sprigs, and serve at room temperature with crackers or toasted crostini.


This cheese ball has a slight spiciness to it from the pepper jack cheese and jalapeño. To create a milder flavor, simply replace the pepper jack cheese with a milder cheese and substitute the jalapeño with green onions.
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31 thoughts on “Christmas Recipe: Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer

  1. This Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer is a wonderful and unique idea. I would love to make this and it seems delicious too! My family would be impressed!

  2. This sounds delicious, and it is so festive to look at. I love that you showed us the picture of the cheese ball before you put the almonds on, too, to show us the shape better.

  3. I just pinned your awesome Pine Cone Cheese Ball to my Appetizers, can’t wait to make it!  Hope  you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. These are so cute. I’m glad that I came to the Link Party Palooza and happened to see them. I am going to make one of these for a party this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

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