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Easter Carrot Cheeseball

This Easter Carrot Cheeseball is a must-make holiday appetizer! With only a handful of ingredients, it’s delicious, super simple and oh so cute!

A FESTIVE EASTER CHEESEBALL RECIPE

Before you go thinking this is a carrot flavored cheeseball, think again! It’s just a carrot shaped cheeseball just in time for all your Easter festivities. It is so adorable, tastes amazing and couldn’t be easier to make! It looks so festive that no one will be able to resist giving it a try. Filled with cream cheese, crunchy bacon, green onions and ranch seasoning, this carrot shaped cheeseball will not only look photo-ready on the plate but will also be a hit at your Easter gathering!

An Easter Carrot Cheeseball on a platter with cracker sand cheeses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What do you serve with a cheeseball?

We like to add a little variety of things. Think a veggie tray assortment with some crackers and flavored crackers. The more variety, the better in my opinion.

How should I serve an Easter cheeseball?

So as with any cheeseball, you want to keep it cold. However, if you try to dig in right after you pull it out of the fridge, it’ll be too hard to enjoy. So, I suggest letting it sit out for at least 10 minutes at room temperature before serving so it can soften up and be easy to dip into.

What other additions can I try?

Jazz up the flavor a bit by adding some chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or chopped herbs to the cheeseball mixture.

Do I have to use the ranch mix?

Nope! Your kitchen, means you use what you want. Feel free to swap the ranch dip out for other dressing flavors, or just use some salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If you can find the Fiesta Ranch mix, that is really good too (it’s just not easy to find at all stores.)

Can I just use store bought shredded cheese?

Freshly shredded cheese works best here for sticking onto the outside of the cheeseball. I normally don’t mind pre shredded cheese but it has a coating on it (that is safe to eat, it just keeps the cheese from sticking together in the bag) that makes it hard for it to stick to the cheeseball really well. 

Can I freeze this?

Yup! In fact, you can make this easy cheeseball recipe and freeze it for up to 2 months. After you’ve assembled it (leave out the parsley on top), wrap the carrot cheeseball in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil before freezing it.

How to store leftovers?

It’s really simple, wrap the leftover carrot cheeseball in plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

A carrot shaped Cheeseball with veggies around it.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • cream cheese
  • bacon pieces
  • packet of ranch dressing mix
  • sliced green onion
  • freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • curly parsley bunch
Cream cheese, bacon bits, green onions, ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and parsley.

HOW TO MAKE AN EASTER CARROT CHEESEBALL:

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, bacon pieces, dry ranch dressing mix, chopped green onion and 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until everything is combined well

All the ingredients to make a cheese ball in a mixing bowl.

Place the mixture onto some parchment paper. Put another piece of parchment paper over the top and mold the mixture into the shape of a carrot. 

A cheese ball in the shape of a carrot.

Note: if the cheese ball feels too soft to handle, try popping it into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to help it stiffen up to make it easier to mold. 

Place it on a serving platter (removing both pieces of parchment paper).

A carrot shaped cheeseball with parchment paper around it.

Press the remaining grated cheddar cheese on the top and sides. Chill the carrot cheese ball in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until firm.

A carrot shaped cheeseball on a serving plate.

Before serving, stick the parsley bunch into the top of the carrot to resemble the carrot top. 

A few veggies around a carrot cheeeseball with a serving taken out.

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An Easter Carrot Cheeseball on a platter with crackers and other dippables around it.

Easter Carrot Cheeseball

This adorable Easter carrot shaped cheeseball is oh so simple and oh so delicious! Perfect for all of your festivities!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

For the cheeseball:

  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4.5 ounce bag bacon pieces
  • 1 ounce packet ranch dressing mix
  • ½ cup sliced green onion
  • 1 ½ cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese

To create the carrot:

  • 1 ½ cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch of curly parsley

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together the softened 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese, 4.5 ounce bag bacon pieces, 1 ounce packet ranch dressing mix, 1/2 cup sliced green onion and 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese. Mix until everything is combined well
  • Place the mixture onto some parchment paper. Put another piece of parchment paper over the top and mold the mixture into the shape of a carrot.
  • Note: if the cheese ball feels too soft to handle, try popping it into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to help it stiffen up to make it easier to mold.
  • Place it on a serving platter (removing both pieces of parchment paper) before pressing the remaining 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese on the top and sides.
  • Chill the carrot cheese ball in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until firm.
  • Before serving, stick 1 bunch of curly parsley into the top of the carrot to resemble the carrot top.

Notes

  • Freshly shredded cheese works best here for sticking onto the outside of the cheeseball. I normally don’t mind pre shredded cheese but it has a coating on it (that is safe to eat, it just keeps the cheese from sticking together in the bag) that makes it hard for it to stick to the cheeseball really well. 
  • Use any of your favorite dippers, veggies, crackers, etc to serve with this Easter cheeseball.
  • You can add other things like chopped nuts, herbs, and other fillings to the cheeseball mixture that you prefer. 
  • Keep this in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Remove it and let it sit at room temp for 10 minutes before enjoying so it can soften up.
  • You can make this cute Easter appetizer and freeze this ahead of time. 
  • Feel free to use cooked and crumbled bacon instead of bacon pieces, if desired. 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 950mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    My family went crazy over this! Plus it was so cute in a carrot shape. Delicious plus impressive presentation.