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Rudolph Cheeseball

Tasty, easy and fun, this Rudolph Cheeseball recipe uses minimal ingredients and is the perfect appetizer for all your holiday festivities!

A FUN RUDOLPH APPETIZER RECIPE

How adorable is this cheeseball?! With cream cheese, cheddar cheese, everything bagel seasoning and chopped pecans, it has so much flavor. Then you just pop on some olives, pretzels and a little tomato to give it an adorable reindeer face! This recipe will be the talk of your holiday gathering, not only as a center piece but as a cute and delicious appetizer. If you are looking for something easy yet festive, then you need this Rudolph Cheeseball recipe!

Rudolph Cheeseball on platter with crackers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can this be made in advance?

Yes, you can make the cheeseball itself in advance and keep it wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for 3 days. Do not roll on the chopped pecans or decorate until you are ready to serve.

Is this best served cold or warm?

We prefer to eat this at room temperature. That way it’s not too hard where the dippers will break, but not too soft where it won’t hold it’s shape. This should only be left out for 2 hours at the most before it needs to be refrigerated again.

Can I use another cheese other than cheddar?

You can use any cheese that you’d like! Some other ones that I personally like are White Cheddar and Colby Jack or Monterey Jack. You can use freshly shredded cheese or bagged cheese.

I don’t like everything bagel seasoning, what should I use?

You could use a packet of ranch seasoning (I like the fiesta ranch flavor) or you could just add in a little garlic powder or salt and some black pepper.

Can I use another cream cheese?

If you want to add more flavor to this cheeseball you can use a flavored cream cheese such as chive, garden vegetable, garlic, etc.

What can I serve this with?

We like to use crackers, vegetables, pretzels, etc. You can use any of your favorite savory dippers with this.

How long does this take to set up?

This needs to chill for at least 4 hours but overnight is even better. This makes a great make-ahead appetizer!

How do I store leftovers?

This can be stored wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 1 week. I do not recommend freezing.

Pinterest image of finished Rudolph Cheeseball on platter with crackers.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • cream cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • everything bagel seasoning
  • pecans
  • black olives (for the eyes)
  • cherry tomato (for the nose)
  • twisted pretzels (for the antlers)
Ingredients needed: cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, everything bagel seasoning, pecans, black olives, cherry tomato and twisted pretzels.

HOW TO MAKE A RUDOLPH CHEESEBALL:

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or with a handheld electric mixer and a bowl) mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and everything bagel seasoning until smooth and combined well. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Remove cheese from the bowl. Place the cheese on a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Cover the cheeseball completely with plastic wrap. Place the cheeseball in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Cream cheese, cheddar cheese and everything bagel seasoning mixed together in bowl of stand mixer.

When the cheeseball is ready, place the finely chopped pecans on a plate. Remove the cheeseball from the plastic wrap and roll in finely chopped pecans so that all sides are fully covered.

Cheeseball rolled in chopped pecans.

Press on the black olives for the eyeballs, a cherry tomato for the nose, and the two pretzels on the top as the antlers.

Pretzels, olives and tomato added to cheeseball to make a face.

Place the cheese ball in the center of a platter and serve with crackers or veggie sticks.

Hand holding up a cracker with some of the Rudolph Cheeseball on it.

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Rudolph Cheeseball

Tasty, easy and fun, this Rudolph Cheeseball recipe uses minimal ingredients and is the perfect appetizer for all your holiday festivities!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chill Time:: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups finely chopped pecans
  • 2 black olives, for the eyes
  • 1 cherry tomato, for the nose
  • 2 twisted pretzels, for the antlers

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or with a handheld electric mixer and a bowl) mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and everything bagel seasoning until smooth and combined well.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Remove cheese from the bowl. Place the cheese on a sheet of plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Cover the cheeseball completely with plastic wrap.
  • Place the cheeseball in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • When the cheeseball is ready, place the finely chopped pecans on a plate. Remove the cheeseball from the plastic wrap and roll in finely chopped pecans so that all sides are fully covered.
  • Press on the black olives for the eyeballs, a cherry tomato for the nose, and the two pretzels on the top as the antlers.
  • Place the cheese ball in the center of a platter and serve with crackers or veggie sticks.

Notes

  • Other cheese can be used, see above for ideas.
  • This is best served at room temperature, but do not leave out for more than 2 hours.
  • We do not recommend freezing as it will change the texture.
  • Flavored cream cheese can be used.
  • If you don’t like everything bagel seasoning you can use garlic salt and pepper.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 29g | Sodium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | 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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