Pinecone Cheese Spread

123  Ratings
  • 20 min prep
  • 2 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 2 cups spread, or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Cute, right? Squirrel this recipe away for your next party: A creamy mix of five cheeses plus Dijon mustard and almond slices are sure to have guests pining for more.

Pinecone Cheese Spread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (7 oz.) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  •  RITZ Crackers

Instructions

  • Process  first 3 ingredients in food processor until blended. Stir in chiles.
  • Shape  cream cheese mixture into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper. Transfer to serving plate. Insert nuts in rows to resemble a pinecone as shown in photo.
  • Refrigerate  2 hours. Remove cheese spread from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.
  • Serve  with crackers.

Recipe Tips

Size-WiseEach 2-Tbsp. serving of this spicy spread packs a flavor punch.

Variation Prepare using one of the following options: Serve with RITZ Snowflake Crackers. Or, add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce to cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.

Make AheadThis fun cheese spread can be refrigerated up to 5 days before serving as directed.

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Nutrition Information

Makes 2 cups spread, or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 180 
    • Total fat 13 g
    • Saturated fat 5 g
    • Cholesterol 20 mg
    • Sodium 340 mg
    • Carbohydrate 12 g
    • Dietary fiber <1 g
    • Total sugars 2 g
    •     Includes added sugars 1 g
    • Protein 5 g
    • Vitamin A 4 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 15 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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