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"Pine Cone" Pesto Cheese Topper

"Pine Cone" Pesto Cheese Topper

Sophisticated flavors of basil pesto and toasted almonds combine in this bite sized appetizer that looks like mini pine cones on RITZ Crackers.

Prep time5 min
Total time5min
ServingsMakes 4 servings, 4 topped crackers each.
  • 4 oz. Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. basil pesto
  • 16 RITZ Crackers
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sliced almonds, broken in half
  • 16 small fresh basil leaves
  • Mix Neufchatel cheese and pesto until blended; spoon into resealable plastic bag.
  • Cut small piece off one bottom corner of bag; use to pipe Neufchatel mixture into oval shape on top of each cracker.
  • Press nut pieces into Neufchatel mixture to resemble pine cones.
  • Add basil sprigs.
Recipe Tips
  • Size Wise
    Manage portions by using a smaller plate for your snacks.

  • Substitute
    Substitute fresh parsley sprigs for the basil.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 14g 
   Saturated fat 5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 240mg 
Carbohydrate 10g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 4g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium6 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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