5 from 4 votes
Pine Cone Cheese Ball
Prep Time
30 mins
Chill time
2 hrs
Total Time
30 mins

Both festive and flavorful, this pine cone cheese ball is the perfect make ahead recipe for easy entertaining at holiday parties.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese ball
Servings: 12
Author: Leslie @ playdatesparties.com
  • 4 ounces goat cheese room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp minced herb blend Italian flat-leaf parsley, rosemary, and thyme shown
  • juice and zest of 1/4 of  small lemon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 90 - 100 Whole dry roasted unsalted almonds
  1. Prepare a plate with wax or parchment paper
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together the goat cheese and cream cheese.
  3. Add the chopped herbs, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Continue mixing until well combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared plate and form into an egg shape.
  5. Arrange the almonds in rows on the cheese ball, at an angle with the pointed ends sticking out.
  6. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours. When the cheese ball is firm, gently peel the wax paper from the bottom of the cheese ball while placing onto your serving platter.
  7. Let the cheese ball warm up slightly - for about 30 minutes- before serving. Serve with crackers or crostini
Recipe Notes
fadapted from Les Petites Gourmettes