Pine cone cheeseball

If you need a little extra something for your holiday table, this might be just the thing! How fun is this?! A pine cone cheese ball, made of herbed cream cheese and decorated with toasted almonds. It’s so simple that your kids could help you decorate it, but so clever your guests will love it. You have to admit it’s much nicer than a cheese ball straight out of the package, which is my own tried-and-true family tradition. (Yes… we also rock the cranberry sauce with can lines.) ; )

Recipe and instructions (by, though no longer available on their site as of 11/23/14):

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
5 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
1 tsp chopped dill weed
1/8 tsp pepper
1 1/4 cup whole almonds, toasted

Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise and mix well in a food processor or blender. Stir in the cooked bacon, green onion, dill weed and pepper. Cover and chill overnight.

Shape the cheese mixture into two small pinecones on serving plate. Starting at the narrow end, place almonds into the cheese on a slight angle, forming rows. Garnish with rosemary twigs to resemble pine needles. Serve with crackers.

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  1. 1
    Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Rachel says:
    Um, yes, that looks amazing. And we do cranberry sauce with can lines, too! :) We're such cool people.
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      Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:58 am
      Heather says:
      Yes! You've got to have the sauce in the can! And the green beans with onions, and they can't be GOURMET onions, they have to be the cheap-o ones : )
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    Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    Lisa @hooplapalooza says:
    hey now-that is waaaay too pretty to mess up Heather! i would have to have a security guard next to it and just have people stare at its beauty! so this is a definite must do. LOL!
    • 2.1
      Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:53 am
      Heather says:
      You could craft a tiny and festive velvet rope to put around it! If anyone could pull that off, it'd be you!! : )
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    Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Brenda says:
    That is such a pretty cheese ball! The ones in the package have there place too ...
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      Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 10:52 am
      Heather says:
      They definitely do! : ) I'd just serve both. That's how my family does it for cranberry sauce... my mom makes sauce from scratch but also serves the kind in the can. They're both good, in their own way ; )
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    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    natural handcrafted soap says:
    This is so lovely and creative I will copy this and Pin it - Thanks
    • 4.1
      Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 10:56 am
      Heather says:
      Thank you! : )
  5. 5
    Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 am
    Thania says:

    The recipe is no longer on active on the site. Can anyone post the recipe here? Or send it to me via Pinterest, please?

    Thanks in advance.
    • 5.1
      Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm
      Heather says:
      That's weird, it was just there a couple days ago! I'll update the post with a cached copy of it.
  6. 6
    Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 11:44 am
    Lynn says:
    Totally want to do this for NYE. Could you recommend something other than mayo? Sour cream? Greek yogurt? Thanks.
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      Monday, December 29th, 2014 at 4:32 pm
      Heather says:
      I think either of those would work. : )
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    Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 8:35 am
    Jody says:
    Been making this recipe for over 20 it originally from Blue Diamond Nuts (I think). Everyone absolutely loves my "nut cheese" and I'm not allowed in the door at Christmas without it!
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    Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 12:01 am
    Love Food Life Alchemy says:
    What a fabulous idea! Easy way to make a big impression. How long does it take to get all the almonds on?
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    Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 9:34 pm
    Angie Tackett says:
    I’m not sure if you want to know but there is an account, @mykitchendegree on instagram, that is using other people’s photos with no credit and acting like the photos are theirs. One of the photos is your pinecone cheeseball.
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    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    Sharon henderson says:
    Excited to get this blog!