Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

I got this recipe from a Southern Living  magazine and have been making it during the holidays for many, many years.  It is so good, easy & really pretty.  You can make one large pinecone or 2 smaller ones.  Some of our grandkids love it, too, so I make one for them.  Here's this wonderful recipe.

1 (8-ounce) container vegetable cream cheese                         
1 (8-ounce) container onion & chive cream cheese
   (the original recipe called for roasted garlic , but
    I can't ever find it!!)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 green onion, chopped
2 cups pecan halves, toasted
Fresh rosemary sprigs

Stir together 4 ingredients.  Shape into an oval; chill 2 hours.

Arrange pecan halves over cheese oval in overlapping rows beginning at the bottom & working upward.  Arrange rosemary sprigs at top of pinecone.  Serve with crackers.

Yield:  16 servings.


  1. This is spectacular. What a great tradition for your family. Sometimes the tried and true recipes are still the best. Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Kitty,
    Thanks so much for sharing this, I wanted something to have in the morning before brunch as we are opening gifts to munch on and I was just gonna buy a cheeseball, but think I will try this as it sounds easy and looks awesome.
    Merry christmas hon,
    Blessings to you and yours,

  3. Such a yummy and festive appetizer! And so very special to have one especially for the kids!

  4. This is so impressive looking, I just love it!

  5. Such a beautiful appetizer, Kitty! Thanks so much for visiting Take Six! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  6. Kitty,
    I've been meaning to make something like this. It's very pretty looking. Be beautiul to serve at any function. Pat

  7. Hi Kitty,
    This Cheese Ball is so pretty and looks delicious. I am really looking forward to our luncheon, I am ready for someone else to do the cooking. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. We are wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. I can't tell you how many years I've INTENDED to make one of these, Kitty! I saved the directions for SL, too, but I always seem to forget once the year rolls around.
    Yours looks lovely with the rosemary sprigs & on those pretty platters, too.
    I may have to make ANOTHER grocery store run! LOL

    Wishing you & yours a very Blessed & Merry CHRISTmas!

  9. Yet another wonderful recipe from you that I'm saving to my file! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to your and your family.

  10. Yummy! Wishing a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!...hugs...Debbie

  11. So cute and yummy sounding! HPS and Happy New Year!

  12. Nuttilicious!

    My PINK, please come and see. Have a happy new year!

  13. That is so eye-catching! I love it!

  14. i love that. especially that it has pecans. Hope to see you in my Pink Saturday entries one and two. Happy New Year!


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