Everything But The Bagel Ranch Reindeer Cheese Ball Appetizer Recipe

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The holidays are a time of celebration and spending time with family. But what appetizer do you make for your gatherings? This Reindeer Cheese Ball is perfect! It’s easy to put together and it’s such a fun appetizer that everyone will love.

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A cheese ball covered with everything bagel seasoning, with olive"eyes" tomato"nose" and pretzel"antlers" to resemble a reindeer. Surrounded by crackers, and a knife on the side. Text overlay says"Reindeer Cheese Ball with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning". Similar photos of the recipe from various angles are used throughout but with different text overlays unless otherwise described.

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Reindeer Cheese Ball

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Want to add a fun touch to your appetizers this Christmas? Then you have to make this cute (and delicious) Reindeer Cheese Ball!

The ranch-flavored cheese ball is rolled in Everything [But The] Bagel seasoning. And if you can’t buy this blend of spices, it is so easy to make at home.*





With pretzels “antlers”, olive “eyes” and a cherry tomato for the reindeer’s red “nose” kids and adults alike are going to love this appetizer!


The Create the Holidays (formerly Create Christmas) series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and the Winter Holidays! You can check out Create the Holidays from 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

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Reindeer Cheese Ball Ingredients

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

What is Everything But the Bagel Seasoning?

This is a seasoning blend created by Trader Joe’s, an American grocery store that sells unique and interesting products (according to their website that is, I’ve never actually been to a Trader Joe’s!).

The seasoning contains white and black sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic & onion, and sea salt flakes which are found on top of an everything bagel. But the blend could be used on so many other things like salads, popcorn, dips, pasta…

Now, if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you – or in fact do not live in the USA, you can make it yourself at home!

*Homemade Everything [But The] Bagel Seasoning

Simply mix together the following ingredients and store in an airtight jar.

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How Do I Make a Reindeer Cheese Ball?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Reindeer Cheese Ball Recipe

Reindeer Cheese Ball Appetizer

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

This Reindeer Cheese Ball covered with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning is an awesome seasonal appetizer for the Holidays!

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-oz/225g) blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (1-oz/28g) package Ranch Seasoning
  • ½ Tbsp chopped chives
  • Everything [But The] Bagel Seasoning
  • 2 black olives (for the eyes)
  • 1 cherry tomato (for the nose)
  • 2 original sized pretzels (for antlers)
  • Crackers, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the room temperature cream cheese and ranch seasoning into a bowl and mix until well blended.
  2. Add the chives and mix thoroughly to combine.

    Adding Chives to Cream Cheese
  3. Add shredded cheese to the cream cheese mixture and combine well.

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  4. Transfer the cheese mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the cheese mixture into a ball. (Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Can be made several days ahead.)

    Forming Cheese into Ball

    Forming Cheese into Ball in Plastic Wrap
  5. Right before serving, roll the cheese ball into the Everything [But The] Bagel seasoning and place on a serving plate/tray.

    Covering Cheese Ball in Bagel Seasoning

    Cheese Ball Covered in Bagel Seasoning
  6. Insert two black olives for eyes and one cherry tomato as a nose. Add pretzels for antlers and serve with crackers or veggies. Enjoy!

    Finished Reindeer Cheese Ball

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 11gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 6g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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