Snowman Cheese Ball

228  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 1 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.


Snowman Cheese Ball Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tub (8 oz.) cream cheese spread
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 baby carrot
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Mix  first 5 ingredients until blended. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Divide  cheese mixture into 3 different-size balls (1 small, 1 medium and 1 large). Coat with Parmesan. Arrange in line on serving plate to resemble a snowman lying down. (Largest ball should be at bottom of plate for the snowman's base, and the smallest ball should be at the top for the snowman's head.)
  • Decorate  with all remaining ingredients except crackers to resemble photo. Serve with the crackers.

Recipe Tips

Variation Prepare using reduced-fat cream cheese spread and shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese.

VariationsPrepare cheese mixture as directed, then shape as follows: Yule Log: Omit Parmesan. Divide cheese mixture in half. Roll each half into log. Roll in chopped cashews and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley to resemble yule logs. Decorated Christmas Tree: Omit Parmesan. Drop cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls into triangular shape on small platter; smooth top with spatula to resemble Christmas tree shape. Add a few pretzel sticks for the tree trunk and chopped red, green and yellow peppers for the ornaments. Truffles: Shape cheese mixture into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in Parmesan cheese, or in ground pecans, dry bread crumbs or chopped fresh parsley, if desired. Wreath: Omit Parmesan. Drop cheese mixture by spoonfuls around drinking glass on serving plate; smooth top with spatula. Remove glass. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and red peppers to resemble a Christmas wreath.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 210 
    • Total fat 15 g
    • Saturated fat 7 g
    • Cholesterol 30 mg
    • Sodium 300 mg
    • Carbohydrate 12 g
    • Dietary fiber 0 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 1 g
    • Protein 6 g
    • Vitamin A 10 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 10 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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