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Ranch Spread Snowman

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
    2-2/3 cups

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • abreendre
    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
    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!

  • iamcarrie
    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
    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
    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
    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.

  • animelover2012
    Feb 14, 2012

    No comment left

  • lovemusic
    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
    Jan 1, 2012

    Very good flavor!

  • bekah24
    Dec 30, 2011

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