Cheese Spread Recipe

Easter Bonnet Cheese Spread

This cute hat is made from cream cheese, pineapple, green onion and basil.

60 min. prep time
28 servings
151 Rating


Cheese Mixture

12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained
3 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1/4 cup sliced green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt


Ribbon: Carrot peels
Edible flowers, such as pansies
Basil leaves or parsley, if desired

Serve With

Assorted cut-up vegetables


Combine cream cheese and butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Reserve 1/2 cup. Cover with plastic food wrap; refrigerate.

Add all remaining cheese mixture ingredients to remaining cream cheese mixture in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed.

Form crown for hat by lining (11-ounce) custard cup with plastic food wrap, extending over edges. Firmly press 1 1/4 cups cheese mixture into lined cup; cover with plastic food wrap. 

Create hat brim by placing remaining cheese mixture onto serving plate. Shape into 9-inch round; cover with plastic food wrap. Refrigerate crown and brim at least 2 hours or until firm.

Remove cheese mixture from refrigerator 1 hour before using.

Remove plastic wrap from crown and brim; invert crown onto center of hat brim. Peel off plastic wrap. Re-shape with hands, if necessary. Frost hat with reserved cream cheese mixture. Use carrot peels for ribbon. Garnish with edible flowers and basil leaves, if desired. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.

Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers and cut-up vegetables.

Recipe Tip

- If refrigerating crown and brim for more than 2 hours, also refrigerate reserved 1/2 cup cheese mixture. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour prior to spreading.

- To create carrot ribbon, peel 1 carrot. Use vegetable peeler to make long flat slices; attach where crown and brim meet.

- Pull table knife from hat ribbon to edge of brim to create a decorative design on hat brim.

Easter Cheese Bonnet/Video by Virtutrix

Nutrition Facts (1 serving dip only)

Calories: 110

Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 30mg

Sodium: 170mg

Carbohydrates: 2g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 4g

Recipe #14909©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Was not sure of this flavor combination. But c.f. game out great first-time cream these dip disappeared

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