Carrot Cheese Ball Easter Appetizer

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Mar 31, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

This carrot cheese ball is the perfect easy appetizer that’s easy to make with just three ingredients. This fun carrot shaped cheese ball is perfect for kids and adults of all ages and it comes together in minutes. Perfect to serve across the Easter holidays.

A carrot cheese ball on a white platter

I’m sorry, it had to be done, I’m bringing the 80’s back. Not because I love Break My Stride or Karma Chameleon (because I do), but because I love a simple, cute and kitschy Easter detail or two. 

So I’m sharing this darling and delicious carrot cheese ball which makes a charming Easter appetizer, don’t you think?

This appetizer couldn’t be easier and is made in less than 10 minutes. I love anything simple, delicious and darling. It brings me back to when I worked at the Art of Entertaining where I artfully displayed shrimp on an eggplant to make a pretty display. Food should be fun and look as good as it tastes.

I truly love a good cheese ball and we make them pretty frequently. Check out my Easter dessert cheese ball, and don’t miss the ultimate cheese ball guide to help inspire your appetizer game! 

However you celebrate this season, Easter is widely regarded as a time of fresh new beginnings and joyful spring celebrations. Check out my simple Easter decorating ideas, and don’t miss my favorite bunny tail Easter cupcakes

To Make This Carrot Cheese Ball Easter Appetizer, You Will Need:

  • Cream Cheese – This needs to be softened so that it is easy to combine and creates a smooth mixture. Check out my how to soften cream cheese post for tips and tricks!
  • Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe, just ensure that it is also softened like the cream cheese.
  • Shredded Cheese – Shredded cheese is added at the end, use an orange cheese for that carrot look!
  • Carrot Stem – or parsley or cilantro to create the stalk of the carrot.

How To Make A Carrot Cheese Ball – Step By Step

These cheese ball is so quick and easy to make – just follow the photos for an easy how to!

  1. Mix your cheese ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.Wrapping the cheese mixture in parchment
  2. Drop the mixture onto wax paper and roll into a cone.Rolling the cheese into a cone
  3. Use your fingers to mold it into a carrot shape, no need for perfection.The rolled carrot cheeseball on a white platter
  4. Place onto platter and sprinkle with shredded cheese.Adding the carrot stem to the cheese ball
  5. Insert stem (cilantro, carrot stem, parsley all work well) and refrigerate until serving.

The carrot cheeseball served on a platter with crackers

Easter Cheeseball Tips

  • Be sure to refrigerate your cheese mixture for at least 30 minutes before you shape it. It will be easier to handle when it is cold.
  • I prefer to use a full fat cream cheese for this recipe as it has a much richer flavor, but you can use a low fat cream cheese if you prefer.
  • It’s best to grate your own cheese for the topping, it makes a big difference to the flavor and texture.
  • It’s easy to add your own variations to this carrot cheese ball. Add in herbs, bacon, green onions or dried fruit to make it your own!

Can You Make This Carrot Cheese Ball Ahead Of Time?

Because this cheeseball has no added herbs or ingredients that go off quickly, you can keep this cheeseball in the fridge for up to a week. I wouldn’t add the shredded cheese until a few hours before serving though as it could dry out. Form the carrot then cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge.

Can You Freeze a Cheese Ball?

Yes, you can freeze this cheeseball, although as with long refrigeration, I would wait to add the shredded cheese until you are ready to serve it. Wrap the carrot in a couple of layers of plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Be sure to lay it flat as it freezes so the shape doesn’t distort.

Thaw the carrot cheeseball in the fridge for at least 24 hours before serving so it returns to it’s optimal texture, before adding the shredded cheese and the stalk.

Scooping some of the carrot cheese ball with a cracker

More Easter Recipes

You can find a comprehensive list of all my Easter Recipes here – there are over 125 memorable recipes to choose from!

The finished carrot cheese ball on a white plate ready to serve

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Easter entertaining - 10 minute carrot cheese ball

Carrot Cheese Ball Easter Appetizer

Julie Blanner
This carrot cheese ball is the perfect easy appetizer that's easy to make with just three ingredients. This fun carrot shaped cheese ball is perfect for kids and adults of all ages and it comes together in minutes. Perfect to serve across the Easter holidays.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Chilling time 30 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 carrot stem (or parsley or cilantro)

Instructions
 

  • Mix your cheese ball and refrigerator 30 minutes.
  • Drop the mixture onto wax paper and roll into a cone.
  • Use your fingers to mold it into a carrot shape, no need for perfection.
  • Place onto platter and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Insert stem (cilantro, carrot stem, parsley all work well) and refrigerate until serving.

Notes

  • Be sure to refrigerate your cheese mixture for at least 30 minutes before you shape it. It will be easier to handle when it is cold.
  • I prefer to use a full fat cream cheese for this recipe as it has a much richer flavor, but you can use a low fat cream cheese if you prefer.
  • It's best to grate your own cheese for the topping, it makes a big difference to the flavor and texture.
  • It's easy to add your own variations to this carrot cheeseball. Add in herbs, bacon, green onions or dried fruit to make it your own!

Nutrition

Calories:189kcalCarbohydrates:1gProtein:5gFat:19gSaturated Fat:11gCholesterol:57mgSodium:229mgPotassium:50mgSugar:1gVitamin A:650IUCalcium:100mgIron:1mg
Keywords carrot cheeseball, easter cheese ball, easy cheeseball appetizer
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