Ranch snowman spread on a round plate surrounded by serving crackers with a grey towel behind on a grey surface (with logo overlay)

Ranch Snowman Spread

Make a cute Ranch Snowman Spread to spruce up your holiday party table. It’s a perfect appetizer for any winter gathering.

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I am a sucker for dips of any kind. Chip dips, cracker dips, vegetable and fruit dips. Seriously, any of them. I know they are typically supposed to be appetizers but I make a meal out of dips.

While I may chow down on the whole thing, the idea of this ranch snowman spread was for a centerpiece on a holiday party table. The snowman comes out so cute, my boys weren’t sure about taking a bite out of it at first!

The hardest part is shaping the balls for the snowman. I found that using plastic wrap worked well, as much as I hate it. By placing a portion of the dip in the center, I could pull up all the sides and then spin it to make a ball shape.

Once you put it on the plate, you may notice some lines or grooves from the plastic wrap. I was able to smooth it out a bit with my hands after stacking the two pieces on top of each other.

There are a few ways you can make the face on the ranch snowman spread. I went with some of the items I had on hand, but anything will work.

Ranch Snowman Spread Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 pkg ranch dressing powder
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 olives, sliced
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 1 baby carrot
  • Crackers or vegetables
Ingredients for ranch snowman spread in small bowls on a grey surface

Preparation

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Whisked cream cheese and butter in a stainless steel bowl on a grey surface

Add the dressing mix, mustard, and garlic, and mix well.

Whisked ranch spread in a stainless steel bowl on a grey surface

Use plastic wrap to shape into two balls, one slightly larger than the other.

Two balls of ranch spread wrapped in plastic wrap on a grey surface

Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.

Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. On a serving plate, stack the small cheese ball on top of the larger cheese ball to make a snowman.

Attach the olives to the snowman for eyes and buttons, cutting one up to make small pieces for the mouth. Insert pretzel sticks for arms. Then, make a top hat from two pieces of crackers. Stick the carrot in for a nose.

Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Ranch snowman spread on a round plate surrounded by serving crackers with a grey towel behind on a grey surface (vertical)

Ranch Snowman Spread Leftovers

Storage: Place any leftovers in an airtight storage container. It will save for up to 2-3 days.

Freezing: I don’t recommend trying to freeze the dip.

Recipe

Originally Published On: October 31, 2022

Ranch snowman spread on a round plate surrounded by serving crackers with a grey towel behind on a grey surface

Ranch Snowman Spread

Make a cute Ranch Snowman Spread to spruce up your holiday party table. It's a perfect appetizer for any winter gathering.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
christmas
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cracker dip
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crackers
|
dip
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holidays
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ranch
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ranch powder
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winter
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Servings: 20
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 pkg ranch dressing powder
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 5 olives (sliced)
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 1 baby carrot
  • Crackers or vegetables

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth
  • Add the dressing mix, mustard, and garlic, and mix well
  • Use plastic wrap to shape into two balls, one slightly larger than the other
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, up to overnight
  • Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving
  • On a serving plate, stack the small cheese ball on top of the larger cheese ball to make a snowman
  • Attach the olives to the snowman for eyes and buttons, cutting one up to make small pieces for the mouth
  • Insert pretzel sticks for arms
  • Make a top hat from two pieces of crackers
  • Stick the carrot in for a nose
  • Serve with crackers or vegetables
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Nutrition Facts
Ranch Snowman Spread
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 136mg6%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Vitamin C 0.03mg0%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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12 thoughts on “Ranch Snowman Spread”

  1. 5 stars
    It looks like a cute idea for the holidays, and edible too so even better than other decorations! It’s always good to have this type of snack handy with guests- almost everyone loves this type of food.

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