How to make a pinecone-shaped cheeseball with almonds the retro way

Pinecone cheeseball with almonds - Retro appetizer

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An almond-studded pinecone-shaped cheeseball party appetizer (from 1979-1980)

The Nutsnacker: Toast the season’s riches with this snappy new spread — a pinecone-shaped cheeseball.

Formed in a nutshell of crisp, crunchy Blue Diamond almonds and made especially creamy with Kraft real mayonnaise. As a holiday appetizer, its flavor is so scrumptious, your guests will go simply nutty.

Pinecone cheeseball with almonds

Pinecone cheeseball with almonds

Yield: Makes 1-1/2 cups
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1-1/4 cups almonds, whole
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 crisply cooked bacon sliced, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. chopped green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Spread almonds in a single layer in shallow pan.
  2. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring often until almonds just begin to turn color. Remove from oven. Cool.
  3. Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well.
  4. Add bacon, onions, dill and pepper; mix well.
  5. Cover and chill overnight.
  6. The next day, form cheese mixture into shapes of two pinecones on serving platter.
  7. Beginning at narrow end, press almonds at slight angle into cheese mixture in rows. Continue overlapping rows until all cheese is covered.
  8. Garnish with artificial pine sprigs. Serve with crackers.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 80 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Click Americana offers approximate nutrition information as a general reference only, and we make no warranties regarding its accuracy. Please make any necessary calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, and consult with a qualified healthcare professional if you have dietary concerns.

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Pinecone cheeseball with almonds - Retro appetizer snack recipe

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