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Pinecone Cheese Spread

Pinecone Cheese Spread recipe
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Cute, right? Squirrel this recipe away for your next party: A creamy mix of five cheeses plus Dijon mustard and almond slices will have guests pining for more.
time
prep:
20 min
total:
2 hr 20 min
servings
total:
16 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each
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What You Need

1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1
pkg.  (7 oz.) KRAFT Mexican Style 2% Milk Finely Shredded Four Cheese
2
Tbsp.  GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
2
Tbsp.  canned chopped green chiles
1/3
cup  PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted
 RITZ Crackers

Make It

PROCESS first 3 ingredients in food processor until blended. Stir in chiles.

SHAPE into 4-inch oval on sheet of waxed paper to resemble pinecone. Insert nuts in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture. Transfer to serving plate.

REFRIGERATE 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator 15 min. before serving. Let stand at room temperature to soften slightly. Serve with crackers.

Kraft Kitchens 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
Cheese spread can be stored in refrigerator up to 5 days before serving as directed.
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