Holiday Cheese Truffles

2  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 4 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 24 servings, 2 truffles and 5 crackers each.

They may look as cute as holiday chocolates, but these mini cheese balls are made for those of us who love a little cayenne and sharp Cheddar on our party plate.

Holiday Cheese Truffles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  •  dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1-2/3 cups chopped pecans
  •  SOCIABLES Crackers

Instructions

  • Beat  first 4 ingredients with mixer until blended. Divide in half. Add peppers to half, and onions to remaining half; mix each until blended.
  • Refrigerate  several hours or until chilled.
  • Shape  each mixture into 24 (1-inch balls); roll in nuts. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseEnjoy a single serving of these indulgent holiday treats.

Special ExtraTry these other coatings for these tasty truffles -- sesame seed, chopped fresh parsley, paprika and your favorite KRAFT Shredded Cheese.

VariationsPrepare as directed, using one of the following options: Festive Wreath: Alternately arrange different flavored truffles in a large circle on platter to resemble a holiday wreath. Create a decorative bow out of green onion strips; use to garnish wreath. Cheese Logs: Roll each half into 6-inch log, then roll in desired coatings.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 24 servings, 2 truffles and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 230 
  • Total fat 19 g
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Sodium 290 mg
  • Carbohydrate 11 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 2 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Vitamin A 10 %DV
  • Vitamin C 4 %DV
  • Calcium 10 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV