Cheesy Christmas Tree

35  Ratings
  • 10 min prep
  • 10 min total
  • Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Spread some holiday cheer—on a Ritz Cracker. Pesto and fresh red peppers turn cream cheese into an edible decoration that just might upstage your other tree.

Cheesy Christmas Tree Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup chopped red peppers
  • 1 stick mozzarella-cheddar string cheese
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Cut  block of cream cheese diagonally in half. Arrange both halves, with points together, on serving plate to resemble Christmas-tree shape.
  • Cut  a 2-inch piece from the string cheese. Place at bottom of tree for the trunk. Wrap up remaining cheese; refrigerate until ready to use for snacking or other use.
  • Spoon  pesto over cream cheese; sprinkle with peppers. Serve as a spread with the crackers.

Recipe Tips

SubstitutePrepare as directed, using Neufchatel cheese.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 12 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 200 
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Sodium 280 mg
  • Carbohydrate 12 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Vitamin A 8 %DV
  • Vitamin C 10 %DV
  • Calcium 6 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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