Variation Prepare using reduced-fat cream cheese and shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
VariationsPrepare cheese mixture as directed, then shape as follows: Yule Log: Divide in half. Roll each half into log. Roll in chopped cashews and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley to resemble yule logs. Decorated Christmas Tree: Drop by tablespoonfuls into triangular shape on small platter; smooth top with spatula to resemble Christmas tree shape. Add a few pretzel sticks for the tree trunk and chopped red, green and yellow peppers for the ornaments. Truffles: Shape into 1/2-inch balls. Roll in grated parmesan cheese, ground pecans, dry bread crumbs or chopped fresh parsley. Wreath: Drop by spoonfuls around drinking glass on serving plate; smooth top with spatula. Remove glass. Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley and red peppers to resemble a Christmas wreath.