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Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Rated as 4.63 out of 5 Stars
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"Any cheese ball is a welcome addition to a holiday party spread, but when you bring one that looks like a pine cone, you're talking about a real showstopper."
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Ingredients

30 m servings 176
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 cheese ball)

Directions

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  1. Stir cream cheese, goat cheese, parsley, tarragon, thyme, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl until smooth and well-mixed.
  2. Turn cheese mixture out onto a serving platter and form into a tapered oval shape to resemble a pine cone.
  3. Starting at the tapered end, press almonds into the cheese cone so that the tip of the almond is facing out and down, and cheese cone is completely covered with almonds and resembles a pine cone. Place rosemary sprigs at the top to resemble pine needles.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 176 calories; 16.4 2.9 5.6 36 130 Full nutrition

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My husband made this for Christmas Eve dinner. It was delicious. Since neither of us are a fan of goat cheese we just substituted regular cream cheese for the goat cheese. It was a beautiful pre...

Most helpful critical review

I love Chef John's recipes but this was not for my taste. I did not like the taste of all of the herbs, I felt like the tarragon overpowered everything. Next time I will try it with half the am...

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My husband made this for Christmas Eve dinner. It was delicious. Since neither of us are a fan of goat cheese we just substituted regular cream cheese for the goat cheese. It was a beautiful pre...

This party cheese ball is savory yet tangy and a different twist on the traditional cheddar-based cheese ball. I made this for a Christmas gathering, and everyone really liked the taste of the ...

It made a big hit at my Christmas party. The presentation is great. I didn't have the herbs that were suggested so I just added Lemon Pepper and garlic powder instead. The goat cheese is an i...

I love Chef John's recipes but this was not for my taste. I did not like the taste of all of the herbs, I felt like the tarragon overpowered everything. Next time I will try it with half the am...

I absolutely love goat cheese and when I saw this recipe included it I knew it would be a hit. I doubled the recipe to make two and they were completely devoured at my party!

The only problem I had was everyone thought it was to pretty to eat!

Hilarious! My sister used to make a pinecone cheesball 60 YEARS AGO -although I'm not sure the ingredients were exactly the same. Sisters tasted good.

I made this for our Thanksgiving. It was extraordinary and much easier than I had anticipated.

I used my own olive cheese ball recipe. Everyone thought it was quite a masterpiece! I am not creative and this was fun and easy! I impressed myself!