This delicious cream cheese-based appetizer is a great addition to any holiday party and is always a hit with guests due to its festive look! I have typically made this recipe for parties with the light or reduced fat options instead of regular and everyone has said it tastes great and looks even better. After the tree has reached desired firmness, set it on your serving platter and top the tree with lemon peel cut into the shape of a star. Serve with your choice of crackers. Triscuits® or Wheat Thins® work great!

Laura
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix cream cheese, Havarti cheese, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons basil, lemon zest, and garlic together in a bowl. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture forming a cone shape, resembling a tree.

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  • Stand the 'tree' upright and remove the plastic wrap. Cover the visible portion of the 'tree' with 1/4 cup basil and parsley.

  • Gently wrap the 'tree' with a fresh sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

100 calories; 9.5 g total fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 122 mg sodium. 0.8 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2012
This recipe is a great starting point for those who want to get creative. Loved the garlic and the lemon zest they added a great little bite. We found it a little lacking on the cheese flavor so we added 1/2 cup smokey sharp cheddar cheese and also tossed in about 1/8 cup bacon bits. Overall this was a good recipe and I will be making this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2019
Beautiful idea. Good flavor going to try dressing it up a little next time. Be sure to allow time to soften for service. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2012
This recipe is a great starting point for those who want to get creative. Loved the garlic and the lemon zest they added a great little bite. We found it a little lacking on the cheese flavor so we added 1/2 cup smokey sharp cheddar cheese and also tossed in about 1/8 cup bacon bits. Overall this was a good recipe and I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2012
This recipe is a great starting point for those who want to get creative. Loved the garlic and the lemon zest they added a great little bite. We found it a little lacking on the cheese flavor so we added 1/2 cup smokey sharp cheddar cheese and also tossed in about 1/8 cup bacon bits. Overall this was a good recipe and I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2015
This turned out so cute and festive! I could see adding some tiny diced red & yellow pepper pieces as "ornaments" on the tree as well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2018
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2019
Beautiful idea. Good flavor going to try dressing it up a little next time. Be sure to allow time to soften for service. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2017
Was great & a made a really nice decorative snack! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
I have made this for the past two years for Christmas. Everyone raves about it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2019
I used this and modified based on the ingredients I found at the store last minute. I used Philadelphia cream cheese and mixed in a shredded asiago parmesan and Romano blend (could not find havarti) and this was yummy! I added chopped chives to the fresh parsley. I used both minced garlic and garlic powder. I shaped the trees and then added basil pesto to the outside (the store was out of fresh basil!) then layered on more fresh parsley and chives. Finished the the little cranberry ornaments.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2015
Delicious festive and really versatile. I left out the lemon zest and added a little bit of prepared pesto--everyone loved it at the party and it attracted a lot of attention! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/17/2018
This is a festive presentation. I do think it needs some extra sharp cheddar cheese worcestershire & bacon pieces for more flavor. I added the cut up red bell pepper for more presentation. I used dried basil in the cheese and only fresh parsley on the outside. I will make it again but adding the cheddar. Read More