Cream Cheese Christmas Tree

Dec 18, 2022 | Appetizers, Food

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We are day 21 of The 24 Days Before Christmas and we are talking about making this very Cream Cheese Christmas Tree loaded with Philadelphia cream cheese, 4 cheese Mexican cheese, extra sharp cheddar, and mozzarella cheese!  Add pecans, fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and your favorite crackers and chips and this could literally be a meal in itself!
 
I chose to serve it with Apricot, Pistachio, and Brandy Artisan Crisps by Rustic Bakery and loved the combination!
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com

This can be made into many different shapes other than a Christmas tree:

– ball

– meatballs
– medallion or wheel
– wreath
– stocking
– smear onto a board (like they are doing on TikTok and Instagram)
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com

Sometimes it is so fun just to create a spread of appetizers or finger foods instead of a meal.  Appetizers are so easy to change up and re-create.

Ways to re-create this recipe:

– Add cranberries
– Add shredded extra sharp cheddar
– Add cashews
– Add walnuts
– Add goat cheese
– Add honey
– Add banana peppers
– Omit the nuts and spread between two slices of French or Italian bread.  Butter lightly and toast on each side to make a sandwich.  Add tomatoes and ground meat to make a burger.
– Smear onto a ham sandwich!
– Add bacon bits or fry up some bacon, chop into small pieces and combine into the cheese mixture
– Stuff Jalapeño peppers and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and peppers are soft with crispy edges
– Roll into balls and roll into smashed Doritos.  Add toothpicks for easy eating
– Melt in the microwave and eat with chips

Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com

I spent the entire day making recipes.  I had these ingredients at home and decided to create this recipe with what I had.  As I stated above, there are so many ways you can make this recipe.  It is delicious, easy, and reasonably priced for a festive, fun, appetizer for you and your guests!  I found these adorable Mudpie serving platters at TJMaxx and Home Goods which were perfect for this size of cheese ball.  The one tray even came with a cheese knife!  So perfect for the holidays!  Enjoy!

P.S.  This Cream Cheese Christmas Tree has a Mexican flair to it.  Drizzle hot chili sauce over it or add a side of salsa for a spin.  Drizzle your favorite marmalade over the top for added flavor!

Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com
Cream Cheese Christmas Tree | www.twoadorablelabs.com

Cream Cheese Christmas Tree

A cheesy, tangy, nutty, herby cheese tree for the holidays!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream cheese, mexican cheese, parsley, pecans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes
Author: Two Adorable Labs

Ingredients

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese right out of the refrigerator
  • 1 cup Mexican Cheese 4 Cheeses Farmhouse Thick Cut By Tillanook
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • tomatoes and toothpicks for the top

Instructions

  • Mix all cheese together in a bowl
  • Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, and hot pepper flakes
  • Chop pecans and parsley
  • Shape cheese into a tree with your hands and roll into pecans and parsley
  • Spear cherry tomatoes with toothpicks and add to the top. I added more parsley to the top

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6 Comments

  1. Thomas Domitrovich

    Yup, this tree is worth taking down slowly and deliberately. Choose different crackers and pace yourself is my only advice. Have a drink close by for those moments when your arms get tired from taking down this tree.

    Reply
    • Two Adorable Labs

      Honestly, you are just too much! By drink, do you mean your Thomas’ Manhattan or the Vanilla Martini we just created? You are the best taste tester ever! Thank you!

      Reply
  2. SOPHIE

    Thomas, I really appreciate your advice on taking down this tree🎄. You & Bobbi Jo are quite the team 🧑‍🎄🎅🏻 – she puts the tree up & you take it down & you “PUT IT AWAY”😋!!! What a lovely gesture on your part.😂

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    • Two Adorable Labs

      ha haa. And Mr. TAL (a.k.a. Thomas) does a great job of it too!

      Reply
  3. Amy Yurkovich

    Bobbi Jo is so creative!! Love seeing her designs and getting updates on the pups.

    Reply
    • Two Adorable Labs

      Thank you so much!! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

      Reply

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