Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree

  • Recipe By
  • Published Jun 4th
  • Ready In2h 15m
  • Servings20
  • Calories100
This delicious cream cheese-based appetizer is a great addition to any holiday party and is always a hit with guests due to its festive look! I have typically made this recipe for parties with the light or reduced fat options instead of regular and everyone has said it tastes great and looks even better. After the tree has reached desired firmness, set it on your serving platter and top the tree with lemon peel cut into the shape of a star. Serve with your choice of crackers. Triscuits® or Wheat Thins® work great!

Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree for 20 servings:

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree Cooking Instructions

  • Prep15m
  • Cook-
  • Ready In2h 15m

To cook Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree, you need about 15 minutes of preparation time. The following are the steps to cook Cream Cheese, Havarti, and Parmesan Herbed Christmas Tree easily:

  1. 1 Mix cream cheese, Havarti cheese, Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons basil, lemon zest, and garlic together in a bowl. Transfer cream cheese mixture to a piece of plastic wrap. Roll the plastic wrap around cream cheese mixture forming a cone shape, resembling a tree.
  2. 2 Stand the 'tree' upright and remove the plastic wrap. Cover the visible portion of the 'tree' with 1/4 cup basil and parsley.
  3. 3 Gently wrap the 'tree' with a fresh sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 100 calories; 9.5 grams of fat; 0.8 gram of carbohydrates; 3.1 grams of protein; 30 milligrams of cholesterol; 122 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Jan 19th 2018


  2. Dec 30th 2017

    Was great & a made a really nice decorative snack!

  3. Dec 18th 2017

    This is a festive presentation. I do think it needs some extra sharp cheddar cheese, worcestershire, & bacon pieces for more flavor. I added the cut up red bell pepper for more presentat ...

  4. Dec 31st 2016

    I have made this for the past two years for Christmas. Everyone raves about it!

  5. Dec 22nd 2015

    Delicious, festive and really versatile. I left out the lemon zest and added a little bit of prepared pesto--everyone loved it at the party and it attracted a lot of attention!

  6. Dec 21st 2015

    Fun recipe! My friends were very impressed. I added 2 tsp. of worcestershire for extra flavor & decorated my tweet with bacon lardons. The video was super helpful for making my tree. Wil ...

  7. Nov 4th 2015

    This turned out so cute and festive! I could see adding some tiny diced red & yellow pepper pieces as "ornaments" on the tree as well!

  8. Dec 22nd 2012

    This recipe is a great starting point for those who want to get creative. Loved the garlic and the lemon zest, they added a great little bite. We found it a little lacking on the cheese flav ...