Snowman Cheese Ball Recipe
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Snowman Cheese Ball Recipe

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This frosty fellow is always welcome at a winter gathering, according to Susan Seymour of Valatie, New York. He's very tasty, too--and gets a little zip from horseradish and garlic.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (4-1/2 ounces) dried beef, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 cartons (4 ounces each) spreadable cream cheese
  • 5 dried cranberries
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 1 large round cracker
  • 4 round butter-flavored crackers
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 79 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 295mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the dried beef, onions, horseradish and garlic powder until blended. Shape into two balls, one slightly larger than the other. Roll each in parsley. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. On a serving plate, place the smaller cheese ball on top of larger cheese ball, forming a snowman. Set aside 1 teaspoon spreadable cream cheese. Carefully cover snowman with remaining spreadable cream cheese.
  3. Arrange cranberries for eyes and buttons. Insert carrot for nose and pretzel sticks for arms.
  4. Place a small dab of reserved cream cheese on top of large cracker. Top with a butter-flavored cracker. Repeat with three remaining butter-flavored crackers. Place on top of snowman. Serve with crackers. Yield: 1 snowman.
Originally published as Snowman Cheese Ball in Taste of Home December/January 2004, p9

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Gardener88 User ID: 7315785 57060
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2013

"I've made this almost every year since the TOH 2004 issue! I dont put horseradish and once, i had some fresh deli roast beef & used that & it was even better! Now i almost always use deli roast beef. A favorite cheeseball for Christmas/wintertime!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 134111
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Much easier to make than I thought."

JoBish User ID: 2233261 130545
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"I've been making this recipe for years - always a hit! However, I don't make it into a snowman - I just roll the ball in dried parsley."

goldi3bears User ID: 1985106 60468
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"This is always a hit at our annual Christmas party! I love putting this on the table as a centerpiece!"

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