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Christmas pine cone cranberry cheese balls by the petite cook

Christmas Pine cone Cranberry Cheese Balls

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: International
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 8 oz/200gr whole unpeeled almonds
  • 8 oz / 200gr soft goat cheese or ricotta well drained
  • ½ cup soft dried cranberries
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • zest of ½ lime
  • 8 oz/ 200gr whole organic almonds
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Crackers or crostini to serve


  • To toast the almonds, heat a pan until medium hot. Add almonds and sautee' for 2 mins, until crisp and hot.
  • Transfer into a plate and set aside until needed.
  • In a large bowl mix together the cheese and cranberries, season with freshly cracked salt and red pepper. Add lime zest and mix until just combined.
  • Transfer the cheese mixture in the freezer for 5 min, then shape into 4 little pine cones or 2 large ones.
  • Beginning at the narrow end of each shape, arrange almonds in overlapping rows. Garnish with small sprigs of rosemary and serve with your favorite crackers or crostini. Enjoy!