Ranch Spread Snowman Recipe
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Ranch Spread Snowman Recipe

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Let your kids use their imagination and decorate their snowman with colorful vegetables and fruit. They may want to leave a few under the tree for Santa to nibble. —Sherry Al-Tamimi, Sugar Valley, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Assorted decorations: small pitted ripe olives, pretzel sticks and sweet red and/or orange pepper
  • Assorted crackers and fresh vegetables

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without decorations, crackers and vegetables): 122 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the dressing mix, mustard and garlic; mix well. Shape into two balls, one slightly larger than the other. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. On a serving plate, stack the small cheese ball on top of the larger ball to make a snowman.
  3. Cut ends from olives to make small circles; attach to snowman for eyes and buttons. Insert pretzel sticks for arms. Cut top hat from pepper; place on top of snowman. Trim pepper to make a nose; insert into face. Serve with crackers and vegetables. Yield: 2-2/3 cups.
Originally published as Ranch Spread Snowman in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p101

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abreendre User ID: 1799143 218248
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"This was a tasty spread, but it was very yellow. I used it without shaping it into a snowman. Everyone agreed that it would have been unappealing as yellow snow."

alli894 User ID: 7997080 215790
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"I take night classes for medical assisting. We had a little Christmas party and I decided this would be cute and easy to make. It was a HUGE hit! One of my instructors asked for the recipe and asked to take some home even, it is my new go-to party snack!"

[email protected] User ID: 1434071 215478
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Everyone realy liked this when I made it for a work party at my house and took it to work the next day. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and didn't get it assembled into a snowman, but it was still good. I did not have regular ranch dressing mix, so I used Fiesta ranch. I liked the flavor of that, but the color would have been all wrong for a snowman.. I will make it again with the Fiesta ranch as just a cheese ball, but I would use regular ranch if I were making a snowman. Very easy to make, too."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 170652
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"I recall preparing this adorable appetizer back in 2011! I'd used 2 beef snack sticks for the arms and sliced beef snack sticks for the eyes and buttons and the mouth. I used a red pepper for the hat, a muffler, a bowtie and the nose. I recall using Dijon OR spicy brown mustard for this spread. I chilled this spread for at least 5 to 5-3/4 hours to keep the balls firm before assembling the snowman. I'd taken this spread to a holiday program at our chapel and folks present for the refreshment time really enjoyed this spread! I got a 2-2/3 cups yield on this spread! One of my friends whom I'd shared the recipe with, commented on how adorable it was and delicious, too! Thank your for sharing this recipe! delowenstein"

MaraJan User ID: 6779866 140490
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"This receipe is quick and very delicious although i made it for me it was too much for me to eat alone. I took it to work and it sure was a big hit!"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 173112
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Loved the softness of it, but wow, that's a lot of butter. Even using reduced fat cream cheese, it felt a little decadent. Still, it was a great holiday party offering."

lovemusic User ID: 5795996 82945
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"very easy and great for a Christmas party! I found out you won't be able to shape it into round balls if you don't chill for at least 3 to 4 hours."

veggiemama User ID: 4640590 99956
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"Very good flavor!"

bekah24 User ID: 6021259 173111
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2011

"This is the perfect finger food for a party! It's so cute and oh so good!"

TriwayMom User ID: 6428528 102710
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"This was easy and tasty! I would be interested to know if I can freeze it."

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