Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

4.63 from 58 votes

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As a content creator, I absolutely love the holiday season, and one of the things I enjoy the most about Christmas 🎄 is making fun Christmas-themed appetizers. This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is a creative twist on traditional antipasti and is sure to be a hit with your guests. Ornamented with olives 🫒 and rosemary to give it a real Christmas feel, so this cheese ball is not only eye-catching but full of flavor!

Why You’ll Love This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is incredibly easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. It can be a great addition to your holiday dinner table as an appetizer, served with some crackers or fresh bread 🥖. If you’re feeling festive and want a savory treat, you can enjoy this on your own as well.

How to Prepare This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

🧀 To begin with, unwrap the three wheels of cheese and place them on top of a large piece of saran wrap.

🌲 Next, gently press them together with clean hands or wear kitchen gloves.

🍽️ Now comes the fun part – cover the cheese with the saran wrap and begin to shape it into a Christmas Tree. Once you have achieved the desired shape, remove the saran wrap and place the shaped cheese tree onto a plate.

🫒 Now, it’s time to insert the olives into the cheese one at a time. You can insert different types of olives, but make sure they’re pitted.

🌿 After the olives are arranged, take the rosemary, break off small pieces from the stem and then insert the rosemary in the spaces between the olives.

⭐ For the final touch, take a 1-inch thick piece of cheese of your choice and press the star cookie cutter into it to form a cheese star.

🥖 Finally, place the star on top of the Christmas tree and enjoy with fresh bread!

Nonna’s Tip

Instead of Boursin cheese, you can try using cream cheese, goat cheese or a blend of different cheeses. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses, herbs, nuts or other fillings to make this cheesy Christmas tree your own!

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Christmas Tree Cheese Ball Variations and Substitutions

This recipe is completely customizable, so feel free to play around with flavors and textures. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Instead of Boursin cheese, feel free to try cream cheese, goat cheese or a blend of different cheeses.
  • If you want some added flavor, consider mixing some herbs 🌿 into the cheese, like rosemary, chives or some parsley.
  • When it comes to the “ornaments,” you can get as creative as you’d like. Substitute the olives with grapes. For a hint of sweetness, try incorporating some dried cranberries, raisins or dried apricots.
  • Get creative with the shape! Instead of a Christmas Tree, shape the cheese into a snowman ⛄️ or wreath.
  • If you’d like to make this recipe vegan, simply use vegan cream cheese instead or a dairy-free soft cheese alternative.

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Common Questions

Can i use a different type of cheese?

Yes, you certainly can. Instead of Boursin cheese, feel free to use cream cheese, goat cheese or a blend of different cheeses.

can i make this recipe vegan?

If you’d like to make this recipe vegan, simply use vegan cream cheese instead or a dairy-free soft cheese alternative.

I don’t like olives, what can I use instead?

When it comes to the “ornaments,” you can get as creative as you’d like. Substitute the olives with grapes. For a hint of sweetness, try incorporating some dried cranberries, raisins or dried apricots.

Christmas Tree Cheeseball

Christmas Tree Cheese Ball

This Christmas Tree Cheese Ball is incredibly easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. It can be a great addition to your holiday dinner table as an appetizer, served with some crackers or fresh bread 🥖
4.63 from 58 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 450 grams Boursin cheese , I used 3 packs of shallot and chive
  • 60 olives , mix of pitted olives
  • rosemary for presentation
  • piece of cheese , for the star

Instructions 

  • Let’s get started by unwrapping the three wheels of cheese and placing them on top of a large piece of saran wrap.
  • To ensure a smooth and clean process, gently press the cheese together with clean hands or wear kitchen gloves.
  • Now, the fun part begins – cover the cheese with the saran wrap and start shaping it into a Christmas tree.
  • Once you achieve your desired shape, remove the saran wrap and place the shaped cheese tree onto a plate.
  • It’s time to add the olives! Be sure to insert pitted olives one at a time into the cheese.
  • For a touch of greenery, take some rosemary and break off small pieces from the stem to insert in the spaces between the olives.
  • Lastly, let’s add a star on top of our cheese tree. Take a 1-inch thick piece of cheese (any of your choice) and use a star cookie cutter to form a cheese star. Finally, place the star on top of the Christmas tree and enjoy with some fresh bread!

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Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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