SIMPLE Caramelized Nut Pinecone Cheeseball

SIMPLE Caramelized Nut Pinecone Cheeseball

If you’re looking for a fun & festive appetizer for your holiday table, then look no further! This caramelized nut pinecone cheeseball is not only delicious, it’s fun to make too. This is a cheeseball that is sure to wow your loved ones.

This isn’t just any old run-of-the-mill cheeseball!  It starts with a simple cream cheese base that gets filled with the most divine caramelized nut mixture.

How to Caramelize the Nuts:

  • You’ll start by combining your choice of nuts (pecans, almonds, and walnuts are all great options) with brown sugar, water, and butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook for a few minutes until the wet ingredients have come together to create a sweet & sticky caramel coating on the nuts.
  • After the caramelized nuts have cooled, simply give them a fine chop and allow them to continue to cool .

How to Make a Pinecone Cheeseball:

Full printable recipe below

    1. Place the cream cheese and the caramelized nuts in a bowl and mix together until the nuts are well-incorporated.
    2. Place the cheeseball mixture on a piece of plastic wrap, then cover and shape into a pinecone shape.SIMPLE Caramelized Nut Pinecone Cheeseball
    3. Finally, stick slivered almonds into the cheeseball in the pattern of a pinecone’s scales, moving in a circular manner starting at the bottom of the cheeseball.
    4. Refrigerate your pinecone cheeseball until you’re ready to serve it.  Serve it on a decorative plate surrounded with an assortment of crackers or breadsticks, and dig in.

Anyone can make a cheeseball that is shaped like a pinecone, but what sets this appetizer apart is the unexpected sweet, sticky flavor that comes from caramelizing the nuts.  This pinecone cheeseball is the perfect addition to any holiday appetizer spread!

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SIMPLE Caramelized Nut Pinecone Cheeseball

SIMPLE Pinecone Cheeseball with Caramelized Almonds

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  • 1 Cup Nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds – or a mixture)
  • ¼ Cup Light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 1/Tablespoon Butter, unsalted
  • 8 oz Cream cheese, softened
  • Sliced almonds


  1. Add the nuts, brown sugar, water, and butter to a non-stick skillet. Place the skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts clumping and is glossy. Stir occasionally to make sure all nuts are coated.
  2. Transfer the nuts to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread them on a single layer.  Let them cool completely.
  3. Finely chop the nuts using a sharp knife or pulse in a small food processor until fine. 
  4. Mix the cream cheese and the chopped nuts in a bowl until fully incorporated.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap.  Cover the mixture and begin shaping it into the shape of a pinecone.
  6. Starting from the thinner side of the pinecone, place the sliced almonds in a circle as shown above. 
  7. Keep refrigerated until serving and serve alongside crackers or breadsticks. 


  • Serving Size: 1


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