Spiced-Cherry Cheese Log

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


Spiced-Cherry Cheese Log 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 in medium bowl until blended. Stir in cherries and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Shape  into log; wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate  2 hours.
  • Roll  in nuts just before serving with the crackers.

Recipe Tips

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

VariationsPrepare recipe as directed, using one of the following flavor options: Italian: Substitute 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese 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 orange cheddar cheese for the shredded white cheddar cheese and 2 Tbsp. bacon bits for the chopped cherries. Stir in 2 sliced green onions, then shape into log. Herbed: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese for the cheddar, and 1 minced garlic clove, and 2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley, fresh basil and fresh chives for the cherries.

How to Wrap for Gift-GivingPlace cheese log and knife on decorative platter or cutting board. Wrap with colorful food wrap and ribbon. After serving the cheese log 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 180 
    • Total fat 13 g
    • Saturated fat 5 g
    • Cholesterol 20 mg
    • Sodium 220 mg
    • Carbohydrate 12 g
    • Dietary fiber <1 g
    • Total sugars 3 g
    •     Includes added sugars 2 g
    • Protein 4 g
    • Vitamin A 6 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D 0 %DV
    • Calcium 8 %DV
    • Iron 4 %DV
    • Potassium 2 %DV
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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