Home for the Holidays: Liz's Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 10:14 AM EST
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The beauty about this recipe besides the easy factor is you can really play with different holiday shape and season it how you see fit!.


1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.), softened

½ cup light mayonnaise

5 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1 Tbsp diced green onion

1 Tsp chopped fresh dill weed

1/8 Tsp pepper

1 ¼ cup whole toasted almonds

Fresh Rosemary sprigs for garnish


- Preheat oven to 350 degrees

- Spread almonds on baking pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally until golden. Let cool.

- Combine softened cream cheese and mayo, mix well in a food processor or blender

- Stir in cooked bacon, green onion, dill weed and pepper.

- Cover and chill overnight

- Shape the cheese mixture into two small pine cone shapes onto serving plate

- Starting at the narrow end, place almonds into the cheese on a slight angle, forming rows

- Garnish pine cone cheese ball with rosemary twigs to resemble pine needles.

- Serve with cracker (whatever you like)