Adorable Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman Cheese Ball Appetize with hat and scarf

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This cute snowman appetizer will melt in your mouth! It’s perfect for the holidays or anytime in winter.



For the Cheese Ball:

  • Three cups of cheddar or sharp cheddar cheese at room temperature
  • One-1.5 cups of finely shredded jack cheese
  • Two 8-oz blocks of cream cheese at room temperature
  • One packet of one-ounce Ranch seasoning mix
  • One baby carrot for the nose
  • Approximately 1520 peppercorns or raisins for the “coal” embellishments
  • Pretzel sticks for the arms
  • Crackers for dipping

Edible options for the hat and scarf:

  • A chocolate donut with a donut hole
  • An upside-down Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookie with a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
  • A chocolate Hostess cupcake on top of the upside-down Keeble Fudge Stripe Cookie
  • Licorice or trimmed Fruit-By-The-Foot for the scarf


For the Cheese Ball Mixture:

  • First, allow the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to warm to room temperature.
  • Then, use a mixer to combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and ranch dip. (You will not need the Jack cheese yet!)
  • If you don’t have Ranch dip, use the above seasoning ingredients instead. Mix until it is as smooth as possible.
  • Divide the mixture and use about 1/3 for the head of the snowman and the rest for the body. Roll into two balls: one larger ball for the base and a smaller one for the top.
  • Wrap in Saran Wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours so the mixture can firm so the shape will hold. You could also refrigerate overnight.

Assembling the Snowman:

  • Once the cheese balls are chilled, place the finely-shredded Jack cheese in a bowl. Roll both cheese balls in the Jack cheese until covered.
  • Place the larger cheese ball on the serving platter. Stick 2-3 toothpicks in the top of the ball, which will help secure the top portion.
  • Secure the top portion into the bottom portion using the toothpicks
  • Decorate using the peppercorns and carrot!


The cheese ball can be made 2-3 days in advance. Just add the Jack cheese and decorations when you’re ready to serve! Recipe courtesy of