Wisconsin Cheesemas Tree

You might not even need a traditional tree this season—everyone will likely choose to gather around this one.

Wisconsin Cheesemas Tree Recipe
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50 Minutes



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Fresh Mozzarella or Havarti can be used in this recipe.


  1. Soak the floral cone in water for 10 minutes. Place on a serving tray. Cover the base of the cone with a mix of bay leaves and rosemary sprigs, securing each by sticking the stem into the cone.
  2. Cut half of the Antonella™ into 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut slices with a star-shaped cookie cutter, using the handle of a small spoon to press and release cheese from cutter at star points..
  3. Cut remaining Antonella™ and havarti into 1/2-inch square cubes. Drain mozzarella balls.
  4. Thread cheese, tomatoes and olives on toothpicks to create an assortment, adding 2 to 3 of each per toothpick. Rotate cheese, tomatoes and olives near the frill top of each toothpick for variety.  
  5. Place toothpicks into cone, ensuring the entire base is covered. Tuck remaining bay leaves in cone. (Save any remaining herbs for a different recipe.)

Recipe Tip

Any brand of Wisconsin herbed cheese can also be used.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

The more colorful the cheese, the prettier the tree will be. Choose flavored cheeses or ones with herb rinds for even more color.

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