With just a few days till Christmas, I have a few last-minute ideas to share with you this week as we finish getting ready for the big day! Today I’m kicking things off with my Christmas Tree Cheese Ball. Let’s dig in!

Holiday Appetizer Recipe - Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

I wish I could take complete credit for this creative and festive Christmas Tree Cheese Ball, but I can’t. The truth is I saw a few of these on the internet this past week, and I couldn’t resist making my own version. It seemed especially appropriate given the popularity of the Everything Bagel Cheese Ball I shared this fall. I figured it needed a sidekick for the season!

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer recipe for Holiday entertaining

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If you’re a longtime follower of Inspired by Charm, you’ll know that cheese is one of my favorite foods and probably the reason I’ll never have six-pack abs. (But I’m okay with that. Bring on the cheese!) Although it might be a bit of a throwback, I still love a cheeseball for entertaining. And with a few creative touches, it doesn’t have to be staid and boring. You can make mini cheese balls or shape them into apples or pumpkins. Today, a Christmas tree is our inspiration!

This cheese ball starts with a flavorful mixture of cream cheese, shredded cheddar, green onions, pimientos, and spices.

How to make a Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer

Once these ingredients are well combined, let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before shaping. This will make working with it much easier. I created the tree shape using my hands (in a v-shape with palms together) on a clean kitchen counter. Just roll the mixture back and forth and shape as you go.

How to make a Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer

Once your Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is formed, you’re ready to decorate. I recommend starting with tomatoes, then adding chopped parsley, followed by almonds and red pepper.

How to make a Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer

As you can probably see, I added the almonds before the parsley and this was a bit more challenging. Also, feel free to use whatever garnishes you like. I found that tomatoes, almonds, and peppers work well with the flavors of the cheeseball, but decorate your Christmas Tree Cheese Ball with whatever suits you.

Festive Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer recipe

Two quick tips. First, use a yellow pepper to create the star on top of the tree. I found it easier to cut out the star with kitchen shears rather than a knife. Second, if any parsley sticks to the almonds or tomatoes, gently brush it off with a clean pastry brush.

Festive Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer recipe

This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball make the perfect holiday appetizer recipe.

Your Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is now ready to serve. I promise it will be the merriest appetizer on your table!

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Serves 30

Here's what you will need:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups finely shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, chopped
1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Garnish
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 yellow pepper, chopped and cut into a star
Assorted crackers and pretzels

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fully. Beat in cheddar cheese, onions, pimientos, butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Roll and press the cheese ball mixture into the shape of a Christmas tree. Garnish first with the cherry tomato halves, then add parsley, followed by the sliced almonds and peppers. Serve with assorted crackers and pretzels.

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Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer recipe for Holiday entertaining

Holiday Appetizer Recipe - Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

Voila! Christmas appetizer perfected!

This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball make the perfect holiday appetizer recipe.

While it takes a bit longer to put together (maybe an extra 10 minutes), I think the results are well worth it. Your guests will definitely be impressed with the special touch of holiday merriment. Enjoy!

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Comments

  • JessB at

    So cute!

  • Renee at

    You are so amazing!
    I love your blog and everything you do!
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    I love this! So cute and doable, too! 🙂 I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, Michael

  • Debra W at

    My grandchildren love cheese balls. What a cute new way to do it with them. Thanks Michael. Merry Christmas!!!!

  • Jennifer at

    Yes!! I’m totally making this. Adorable and looks yummy too! 🙂

  • Sharon at

    I would eat it as I am making and would have only the cheese star left…

    It looks so good!

  • Martha in KS at

    After finding your gorgeous Xmas Tree Cheeseball, I looked through all of your recipes & found many I’ll be trying. You’re very talented in cooking, crafts and decorating. Keep up the great work. Have a Merry Xmas!

  • Tina at

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • Julie BElz at

    I made your Christmas Tree Cheeseball!! It was a hit!! So cute and delish🎄💕 it was SO FESTIVE and made the day brighter. thanks for the inspiration 😀🎄💖

  • Nicole Fulton at

    Made this for our Christmas Day celebration and everyone was totally wowed!!! 🙂 Thanks for the fun idea and great recipe

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