How to Make a Snowman Cheese Ball

Snowman cheese ball on a plate
Prep Time
30 min
4 to 6 servings

Building a snowman cheese ball is a fun project for kids (and adults) of all ages, especially when you’re snowed in. This recipe is simple, relatively quick to prepare and can be made-ahead and frozen, which means you can get a jump-start on your holiday food prep.

Combining sharp cheddar, tangy feta and decadent cream cheese, it’s an adaptable recipe that you’ll have a hard time resisting with a few crunchy crackers. Flurries or clear skies, you can turn your stash of cheese into a charming, cultured (no pun intended) masterpiece that would make Frozen’s Olaf proud. And, if you’re not concerned about the appearance, dried cranberries and walnuts, and/or fresh herbs work well here.

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g feta cheese, crumbled
cup cream cheese, room temperature
g aged white Cheddar, crumbled
tsp garlic powder
Tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese, more for serving
Whole black peppercorns (eyes and buttons)
Sliver of carrot (eyes)
Zucchini top (hat)
Shaved zucchini (scarf)



Freeze time: 45 minutes. Cheese balls can be made in advance and stored 1 month. Defrost overnight. Blanched almonds add texture.

Step 1

In a food processor, pulse feta, cream cheese, cheddar and garlic powder until combined; scrape down sides and pulse again. Blend for 10 seconds, scrape down sides and blend until creamy.

Snowman cheeseball ingredients in food prrocessor
Step 2

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and dollop 3 rounds into small, medium and large sizes (about ¼ cup, ½ cup and 1 cup portions of cheese). Roughly form into balls and dust with Parmesan. Freeze for 45 minutes until firm but still pliable.

Balls of cheese on parchment paper
Step 3

Remove from freezer. Add largest ball to serving plate; insert a toothpick in centre. Secure second (middle, medium) ball on top with toothpick. To the middle, add another toothpick in the centre and secure head (top, small) ball.

Placing the cheese balls on top of each other
Step 4

Insert a toothpick in the centre of the head (top, small). Decorate snowman with peppercorn eyes and buttons, and carrot nose. Wrap zucchini around snowman’s neck and insert 1 to 2 toothpicks to secure. Dust with additional Parmesan for a snowed-in effect. Serve with crackers.

Decorating cheeseball snowman

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