Dec 15 2008

Snowman Cheeseball

 OK, so it isn’t paper arts, but I had to show you the Snowman Cheeseball I made for my husband’s holiday party on Friday.  I thought he turned out SO cute!  If you know me, you know I LOVE snowman…my house is decorated all over with them during the holidays (and after until Spring!)

It makes a HUGE amount, though.  If I made it again, I’d cut the recipe in half for a group of 20 of less…especially if you are having other appetizers with it.

It is two different flavors…the head is an onion/dijon mustard flavor and the body is a pesto flavor.  Both were yummy.  The pesto one is a little milder.  The scarf I made from a Strawberry Fruit Roll-up…just cut it into strips.  The nose is an actual small carrot cut into a pointed shape.  The eyes and buttons were made from sliced ripe olives.  After you make the cheeseballs, you add a layer of whipped cream cheese over the top so it makes him snowy white…then add the embellishments.  It wasn’t hard at all.

I adapted the recipe a little bit, so I’ve included my changes.  I think it made it easier to make and didn’t change the outcome that I could tell.

Tip:  When you serve it, take the first bite…otherwise people think it is too pretty to cut into and eat!

Make-Ahead Snowman Cheese Ball
Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker
All holiday appetizers should be this fun! This adorable snowman is made of a delicious spread of seasoned cream and Cheddar cheeses.
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (16 ounces)
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 tablespoon grated onion
1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard 
4-5 drops red pepper sauce
1 container (4 ounces) whipped cream cheese, softened
Decorations, if desired
Assorted crackers

1 . Mix 3 packages cream cheese and the Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts. Combine 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture; mix in pesto. Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one-third mixture.
2 . Shape each cheese mixture into ball. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap.
3 . Before serving, arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman. Frost snowman with whipped cream cheese before serving. Decorate as desired. Serve with crackers. Store covered in refrigerator.

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2 People have left comments on this post

Dec 15, 2008 - 10:12:52
Marian Balsamo said:

Connie, what a very very cute and yummy idea — you are so creative!

Jan 3, 2009 - 11:01:50
Cathy said:

Love your plate too!