The Pinecone Cheeseball Is Here to Win Your Holiday Party

Published On 12/20/2016 Published On 12/20/2016
Pine Cone Cheeseball
Cole Saladino/Thrillist


  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 4-ounce package goat cheese
  • 3 strips of bacon, cooked until well done and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon scallions
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, finely chopped
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • 1¼ cup whole almonds, toasted
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • Crackers or toast for serving


  • Combine cream cheese and goat cheese and mix until smooth… preferably in a food processor or blender. A bowl, a sturdy spoon, and some elbow grease will do the trick if you have neither.
  • Stir in the cooked bacon, scallions, rosemary, and pepper. Cover and chill overnight if possible. But give it at least two hours.
  • Once it's cool, shape the cheese mixture into an oval pinecone shape on serving plate.
  • Starting at the narrow end, place almonds into the cheese mixture at a slight angle to form rows.
  • Garnish with rosemary twigs to resemble pine needles (or swipe some greens from your neighbor’s wreath, if you're still thinking about eating trees).
  • Serve with crackers or toast. Or pinecones. Nobody's judging.