Pine Cone Cheese Ball

This is such a clever idea – Herbed cream cheese, easily shaped into these adorable pine cones, add a sprig of rosemary and your done.

2 8oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 small package Boursin cheese, herbed

approx. 2 cups whole almonds

sprigs of fresh rosemary for garnish

Mix the softened cream cheese with the boursin.  Shape on a plate into a round with a point.  Starting at the top of the pine cone, press the rounded side of the almonds into the cheese in rows to mimic the spikes of the pine cone.  Garnish with rosemary.

This recipe is enough to make 2 small pine cones as above or one large.

TIP – blanched almonds can be used as an alternative to the whole almonds, but you will need a little more patience to get the same effect.