Snowman Cheese Ball – Christmas Appetizer

When I arrive at a party, the first thing I look for is the cheese plate. And I love a holiday cheese ball.

If you’ve never had a cheese ball before, it’s like a creamy cheese dip that you shape into a ball. Then you can use either a cheese knife or crackers to dip and spread with.

This Christmas the appetizer is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. And shaping this snowman cheese ball is like a little craft project! It’s fun for any host or as a little project you can do with kids.

Related: Easy Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath – for more flavor ideas

Ingredients for cheese balls:

How to make a cheese ball:

Mix the spice mixture with the cream cheese. Shape into balls and wrap in plastic wrap to cool. When you are ready to serve, roll the balls in the Parmesan cheese and decorate them like a snowman!

You can choose to make your snowman’s cheese ball vertically, as shown here. Or it can lie on its back, which makes it a little more stable and easier for guests to dive in. Either way, it’s really cute!

Tips for success:

  • If you’d like to mix a few other spices in with the ranch seasoning, you can! Sprinkle in some cayenne if you want to add some spice.
  • Refrigerate the cheese balls for at least a few hours (and up to three days) before using.
  • You can decorate your snowman with whole peppercorns, mini M&Ms, a carrot tip, or any other edible items you want.

Serving suggestion:

Here are some ideas for what to serve this snowman cheese ball with:


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an easy holiday appetizer

Yield 12

Prepare 5 mine

Refrigerate 2 hours

Total 2 hours 5 mine


  • In a small mixing bowl, stir the softened cream cheese and the spice mixture together so that it is well mixed.

  • Form two to three balls of the mixture.

  • Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to three days.

  • When you are ready to serve, roll the balls in the Parmesan cheese and form the snowman.


  • You will also need edible items to decorate the snowman such as whole peppercorns, mini M&Ms, a carrot tip, or other edible items.


Nutrition facts

Snowman Cheese Ball – Christmas starters

Amount per portion

% Daily Value*

* Percent daily values ​​are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular for your convenience. Where applicable, we recommend using your own nutritional calculations.

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