Just because we live in Miami, doesn't mean we can't make a snowman! We had a blast building this edible little guy! It is so cute, that our family didn't want to eat it, but once they dug in, it was hard for them to stop. If you love cheese and bacon (who doesn't?), then this cheese ball recipe is your Christmas gift from us!
2 8 oz. cream cheese bars
1 package of real bacon bits
1 package of shredded cheddar jack cheese
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 slice of bread
2 pretzel sticks
About 12 cloves
2 round cookie cutters, one bigger than the other
Take the cream cheese bars out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese and bacon bits using a fork until it is all blended together. With a large spoon, scoop up a little more than half of the mixture and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Carefully, begin to lift the sides of the plastic and form the mixture into a ball. Use your clean hands if you have to in order to smooth the ball. Place the ball in the refrigerator to harden. Do the same thing for the other half of the mixture.
In the meantime, begin shredding the parmesan cheese on a plate, making a thin layer. Take out the larger ball, remove the plastic wrap and roll in the cheese. Place the ball on the serving platter. Next, repeat with the smaller ball, leaving the bottom of the ball cheese-less so that it sticks to the bottom ball. Stick 3 toothpicks on the top of the first ball, about half way through. Place the second ball on top on the first one and press down on the toothpicks.
Now, the fun part! To make the hat, simply get a slice of whatever bread you have in your pantry and cut out two circles, one bigger than the other, using round cookie cutters. With a toothpick, place the small circle on top of the big one and then on top of the snowman.
Cut the tip of a carrot and stick a toothpick into the cut end. Next, stick the remaining half of the toothpick into the front of the snowman's head. Finally, use the cloves as the eyes, mouth and buttons. As the finishing touch, we added some shredded parmesan cheese around the snowman to resemble snow. Feel free to get creative and have fun with it!