Appetizer Cheese Trees or Snowmen

"What a cute way to serve an appetizer. Make one of each!"
photo by Crimson photo by Crimson
photo by Crimson
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photo by Sandi From CA photo by Sandi From CA
photo by Sandi From CA photo by Sandi From CA
Ready In:
4hrs 30mins
7 Cups




  • Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; divide in half.
  • Mix pesto into one half; mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into other half.
  • Cover each half and refrigerate about 4 hours or until firm enough to shape.
  • Place cheese mixtures on cookie sheet.
  • Shape each half into cone shape to look like Christmas tree.
  • Roll trees in parsley, pressing evenly onto trees.
  • Press bell pepper pieces onto trees to form ornaments.
  • Press pine nuts onto trees in string to form garland.
  • Top each tree with star-shape cut from lemon peel, if desired.
  • Serve with crackers.
  • For Snowman Cheeseball: above recipe enough for one large snowman or two small snowmen.
  • Omit parsley, pine nuts and bell pepper.
  • Mix cream cheese and Cheddar cheese; divide into 3 equal parts.
  • Mix 2 parts to equal two-thirds of mixture;mix in pesto.
  • Mix onion, mustard and pepper sauce into remaining one third of cheese mixture.
  • Refrigerate as directed.
  • Shape each cheese mixture into two balls; roll 1/3 cup finely chopped blanched almonds.
  • Arrange balls on serving plate with smaller ball on top for head of snowman; press together slightly.
  • Insert pretzel sticks for arms.
  • Decorate as desired, with capers (for eyes), sliced olives (for buttons), chopped carrots (for nose), sliced cucumber (for hat a thin slice for brim a chunk for top), chopped bell pepper (for mouth) and fresh thyme leaves (for scarf).

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  1. Annisette
    I use this recipe, too! It's the best, in my opinion. You can make these up to one month ahead of time: make the recipe and shape it (steps 1-5), then wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it for up to one month. To thaw: place them in the fridge (keep them wrapped) for about 12 hours. Just before serving, garnish as above. I also like to add a bit of kale to make a skirt for the trees.
  2. TiffaStar
    Made the trees for our holiday potluck and they were a big success. Nice flavors. I made one tree with the cheddar, mustard, onion and hot sauce. The second tree with the pesto and mozzarella cheese sprinkling with parmasaen cheese for a "snow" effect. Very tasty!
  3. cookalot 2
    Easy to make, and really pretty on the buffet table. It also tastes great!
  4. LuckyMomof3
    This recipe is wonderful. It was the show stopper at two Christmas suppers! I made two small snowmen though. I used black olives for the hat, buttons, eyes, and mouth, carrots (cut) to make the arms and nose and parsley for the scarf. Fun to make, great to eat!


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