These adorable melting snowman cheese ball bites are perfect for a Christmas party, New Year’s Eve or game night! Mixed with cream cheese and ranch flavors, these easy bites will be the perfect appetizer for your holiday party. Kids and adults will both love this snack idea!
Melting Snowman Cheese Ball With Ranch Flavor Recipe
Let it snow, let it snow!
Who doesn’t like to have a platter of snacks that is the star of the party? These adorable snowman mini cheese balls are already preloaded onto the crackers, which can be a bonus with kids.
I was inspired by Hungry Happening’s melted snowman cheese ball bites but decided I was going to try it in a different flavor.
Ok if I’m being totally honest I’m not the biggest fan of ranch flavor BUT my family loves it. So sometimes we just take one for the team eh?
Once I was at a party and a parent spied the ranch cheeseball on the party tray, telling me how much their kid loved cheeseball. The kid did in fact really love ranch cheeseball more then I’ve ever seen a kid get excited for an appetizer like this.
The kid literally just beelined for the cheeseball every chance he got. Adorable, grubby hands outstretched, that cheeseball didn’t stand a chance!
Need another hot appetizer for your party? These Pork and Zucchini meatballs are a crowd pleaser for a party!
I’ve found that making these individual bites of ranch flavored cheeseball work really well when you’re hosting a party but they do take a little bit more time. I always leave a few extra crackers on the platter just in case someone likes a little less cheese on their cracker and they always disappear. You can also make one giant snowman cheeseball with this same batch of flavored cheese.
All you need is a few ingredients to make this fun little cheese ball recipe, and a few extra minutes to make it fun. Your whole crowd will just love this little snowman appetizer. Well except me… but I’ll admire your handiwork, I just don’t dig ranch.
Need an easy holiday treat that’s even faster? Check out these Clementine Santas and Elves which includes a free printable, making them super easy to make!
How Long Will These Melting Snowman Cheese Balls Last In The Fridge
Cheeseball mixture can generally last up to a week in the fridge. Crackers can often lose their crunchiness when it comes in contact with cheese. If you are saving some of these for later, I recommend mixing up the cheese mixture but not assembling it into the snowman until you are ready to serve and eat.
Can I Make This Cheese Ball Ahead Of Time?
You can easily mix the cheeseball mixture ahead of time, but I would not assemble the snowmen bites until a few hours before you are ready to eat. Otherwise, the crackers can get soggy
If you’re looking for a cheesy appetizer recipes that you can prep ahead of time, check out my ah-mazing air fryer mozzarella sticks. Prep them, freeze them, then later throw them in the air fryer by the handful for a cheesy appetizer that is delicious!
How Can I Make This Melting Snowman Cheese Ball Recipe Without Food Coloring
You can make the arms and buttons of the snowman without using food coloring, but it’s a little more complicated. I suggest using bits of pretzel for the arms and smile. Carrot shreds could also work. Both of these options will be more time consuming to make.
Personally, food coloring is something I don’t let my child consume a lot of, but for a party treat I let loose a little.
Melting Snowman Cheese Ball Recipe
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese divided
- 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese finely chopped and divided
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Ranch Seasoning
- 1/4 cup Shredded Carrots
- 1 Teaspoon Parsley
- 24 Edible Eyes
- Black Food Coloring
- 12 Crackers
- Using 1 ounce of cream cheese, spread a thin layer on each of the 12 crackers. Sprinkle the crackers with some of the parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, add 6 ounces of the cream cheese (saving one ounce for the arms), seasoning, and 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella cheese. Mix all ingredients well until combined.
- Roll your cream cheese mixture into balls that are roughly ½ inch. Roll each ball in parmesan until well coated. Place each ball at the top of a cracker.
- Add 2 eyes and a piece of carrot nose to the head.
- With the remaining 1 ounce of cream cheese, add a drop or two of black food coloring and mix until it’s solid.
- Place colored cream cheese in a sandwich size baggie and snip a little off the corner. Squeezing the bag gently, draw on 2 arms, 3 buttons, and a smile.
In case ranch isn’t your thing like me, I included a flavor alternative in the notes that still makes a savory and delicious cheesy bite. Are you a ranch fan, yay or nah? I’d love to hear in the comments!