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Cheese Pinecone

Marla Hingley
Here is a festive way to serve a cheeseball around the holidays!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 12


  • 1/2 cup cream cheese or Boursin
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 2 tsp dried herbs of choice
  • Sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Plain or Candied Pecans


  • Combine cheeses and dried herbs until smooth.
  • Spoon onto a piece of plastic wrap and wrap up. Use your hands to shape into a pinecone and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Starting at tip of pinecone, press pecans into cheese, overlapping slightly if you can. Push the rosemary spring into the top to serve as the 'branch'.


Flavor Variations:
Greek: replace goat cheese with crumbled feta, add 1/4 cup finely chopped marinated artichoke hearts, 1/2 lemon zested, 2 tsp fresh dill (use plain pecans)
Smoky: replace goat cheese with equal amount of grated smoked gouda, 1/2 tsp paprika (use plain pecans)
Tangy & Sweet: keep goat cheese or replace with GF blue cheese, 1-2 Tbsp fig spread (use plain or candied pecans)
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