Finlandia Holiday Tree Cheese Ball Recipe


  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 7 oz. Finlandia Black Garlic Creamy Gourmet Cheese
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh basil


  1. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, Italian blend cheese, and Finlandia cheese.
  2. Form a sheet of newspaper into a cone. Line the inside of the cone with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will hang out the end. This is ok because it will cover the bottom of the cheese ball.
  3. Scoop cheese mix into the cone. Fold plastic wrap over the end of the cheese ball. Place cheese cone upside down in a cup or mug and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove cheese ball from the cone and gently roll in the chopped basil.
  5. Lightly press almonds and bell peppers into the cheese ball to decorate. The almonds look light white lights, and the bell peppers look like ornaments.
  6. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables.