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Christmas Cheese Tree - super simple yet impressive cheese ball shaped in a tree! the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Christmas Cheese Tree

Turn your favorite cheese ball into a Christmas Cheese Tree! A super simple yet impressive Christmas cheese ball that might be too pretty to eat.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (dry)
  • 5 or 6 drops red pepper sauce
  • Have ready at serving time:
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (or yellow too)
  • Assorted crackers for serving
  • (optional) slice cheddar cheese or lemon peel for star

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onion, mustard and pepper sauce until well combined. If making two trees divide in half or if making one just leave whole. Refrigerate until firm enough to shape.
  2. Place cheese mixtures on cookie sheet. Shape each half into cone shape to look like Christmas tree or one big tree if that's what you choose. Roll trees in parsley, pressing parsley evenly onto trees. Press pine nuts onto trees in string form for garland. Press bell pepper pieces onto trees for ornaments. Top each tree with star shape cut from a slice of cheddar cheese or a lemon peel. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Notes

Source: Bettycrocker

To make ahead of time shape cheese mixture into a tree shape and freeze for up to one month. Thaw in refrigerator for one day and then add parsley and other decorations.