Here’s How to Easily Make a Pine Cone Shaped Cheese Ball Keto Appetizer!

Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer

yield: 16 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • optional garnish: fresh rosemary and berries

Directions

1

Mix the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeño, cheddar cheese, bacon, garlic, parsley, and onion powder together until fully incorporated.

2

Use the back of a batter spoon to form a pine cone shape in the bowl. Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

3

Transfer the cheese ball to a platter. Add the almonds to the sides starting at the bottom. (If the cheese is now too hard, let it hang out on the counter for a few minutes, or the almonds may break.)

4

Garnish with rosemary and a couple of berries if desired for presentation. Serve with keto-friendly dippers.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 2 cups, Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116.2, Total Carbohydrates: 1.8g, Fiber: 0.4g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.3g, Total Fat: 10.9g, Protein: 3.2g

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pinecone cheese ball on a wood platter

Here’s a special holiday keto appetizer to consider!

Create a rustic cheese ball in the shape of a pine cone using sliced almonds to style it alongside a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and berries. Then serve it with yummy keto-friendly dippers for a gorgeous presentation. This is such a fun way to serve a cheese ball, and it’s actually easier than you’d think to make!

Check out my beautiful (and yummy) keto pine cone cheese ball!

woman holding a pine cone cheese ball

The result is a beautiful bacon, jalapeño, and cheddar cheese ball with tons of flavor that’s a perfect starter to a holiday meal. This irresistible cheese ball will be a big hit with keto eaters and non-keto eaters alike and tastes so great with a crunchy dipper like pork rinds and/or celery.

Like the fun rustic tray I have? Mine was a HomeGoods find, but here’s a similar wood slice platter on Target.com!

keto bacon cheddar cheese ball ingredients

Tips for making the BEST keto pine cone cheese ball:

  • You can essentially use your favorite cheese ball recipe, however, I love the cream cheese, cheddar, & jalapeño combo here! And bacon, I mean bacon just makes everything delicious!
  • Make sure your cream cheese is soft so it will be easier to mix everything up. I used the back of a large batter spoon to shape my pine cone right in the bowl, and then let it chill in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up. It was easy to transfer to my tray after that to decorate.
  • When adding your almonds, start from the bottom, and try to insert the round edge of each almond facing down and the pointy side facing out, for a realistic effect.
  • I used one jalapeño in this recipe and it gives some nice flavor without making the cheese ball overly spicy since I removed the seeds. I used my manual food chopper to quickly mince it along with a garlic clove — it’s one of my most helpful kitchen tools!
  • Feel free to add your favorite keto-friendly dippers like bell pepper, celery, pork rinds, sliced radishes, etc. If you’re looking for good pork rinds, I’m obsessed with these delicious Southern Recipe salt & cracked pepper pork rinds I served here!
  • If you did not want to make this into a pine cone shape, just shape it into a ball and roll it in the sliced almonds instead. It will be equally delicious!

chopping garlic and jalepeno with kitchen aid chopper

mixing up a keto bacon cheddar pine cone cheeseball

shaping a pine cone cheese ball

transferring cheeseball to platter for serving

adding almonds to a pine cone shaped keto cheese ball

adding almonds to the top of pine cone cheese ball

adding keto dippers for a cheese ball appetizer


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Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer

yield: 16 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

A beautiful way to serve a keto cheese ball by decorating the outside with sliced almonds to resemble a pinecone.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1/2 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • optional garnish: fresh rosemary and berries

Directions

1

Mix the softened cream cheese, mayonnaise, jalapeño, cheddar cheese, bacon, garlic, parsley, and onion powder together until fully incorporated.

2

Use the back of a batter spoon to form a pine cone shape in the bowl. Chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

3

Transfer the cheese ball to a platter. Add the almonds to the sides starting at the bottom. (If the cheese is now too hard, let it hang out on the counter for a few minutes, or the almonds may break.)

4

Garnish with rosemary and a couple of berries if desired for presentation. Serve with keto-friendly dippers.

Nutritional Information

Yield: 2 cups, Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116.2, Total Carbohydrates: 1.8g, Fiber: 0.4g, Net Carbohydrates: 1.3g, Total Fat: 10.9g, Protein: 3.2g

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

keto pine cone cheeseball

No one can resist this creamy pinecone shaped cheese ball!

It’s hard to stop once you’ve started digging into this. My family devoured it so fast! I love that it’s easy, full of healthy keto ingredients, and almost too pretty to eat! Enjoy!

eating a bite of keto cheese ball

Here’s what my teammate Jenna had to say about this recipe:

“I had a blast making this appetizer! I can’t believe how fun and easy this was, and it turned out delicious. I love the flavors and the never ending opportunities to dip in it! I used sliced peppers and pork rinds and it was amazing!”

keto cheeseball


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  1. Elizabeth

    Right up my alley! Thanks for the delicious and festive cheese ball.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay thanks!! This is so tasty 😋

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