Spiced-Cherry Cheese Ball

26  Ratings
  • 15 min prep
  • 2 hr 15 min total
  • Makes 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Spiced-Cherry Cheese Ball Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Mix  cream cheese and cheddar until blended. Stir in cherries and spice.
  • Shape  into log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Roll  in nuts just before serving. Serve with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseSavor every bite of this tasty spread. Each 2-Tbsp. serving goes a long way on flavor.

VariationsPrepare as directed, using one of the following flavor options: Italian: Substitute 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheesee for the cheddar, 1/4 cup sliced drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes for the cherries and 1/2 tsp. each Italian seasoning and garlic powder for the pumpkin pie spice. Smoky Bacon: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Mix ingredients as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese for the shredded cheese and 2 Tbsp. bacon bits for the cherries. Stir in 2 sliced green onions, then shape into ball. Herbed: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Prepare as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheesee for the cheddar and 1 clove minced garlic and 2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley, fresh basil and chives for the cherries.

How to Wrap for Gift-GivingPlace cheese ball and knife on decorative platter or cutting board. Wrap with colorful cellophane and ribbon. After serving the cheese ball at the holiday party, the hostess will have a lovely gift to remember the occasion by!

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Nutrition Information

Makes 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 170 
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Saturated fat 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol 20 mg
  • Sodium 230 mg
  • Carbohydrate 13 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Vitamin A 4 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 10 %DV
  • Iron 4 %DV

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