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Pinecone Cheese Spread

Pinecone Cheese Spread

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.

Prep time20 min
Total time2hr 20min
ServingsMakes 2 cups spread, or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each.
  • 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
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • RITZ Crackers
  • 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-Wise
    Each 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 Ahead
    This fun cheese spread can be refrigerated up to 5 days before serving as directed.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 13g 
   Saturated fat 5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 340mg 
Carbohydrate 12g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 5g 
Vitamin A4 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium15 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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