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Spiced-Cherry Cheese Ball

Spiced-Cherry Cheese Ball recipe
photo by:kraft
As one of our recipe reviewers quite thoughtfully noted, this Spiced-Cherry Cheese Ball would make a great gift—if you could bear to part with it!
time
prep:
15 min
total:
2 hr 15 min
servings
total:
24 servings, 2 Tbsp. spread and 5 crackers each
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What You Need

1
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread, softened
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) CRACKER BARREL Shredded Vermont Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1/2
cup  dried cherries, chopped
1/4
tsp.  pumpkin pie spice
1/2
cup  finely chopped PLANTERS Pecans, toasted
 RITZ Crackers

Make It

MIX cream cheese and cheddar until blended. Stir in cherries and spice.

SHAPE into log; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

ROLL in nuts just before serving. Serve with crackers.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size-Wise
Savor every bite of this tasty spread. Each 2-Tbsp. serving goes a long way on flavor.
Variations
Prepare as directed, using one of the following flavor options: Italian: Substitute 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT 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.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese for the shredded CRACKER BARREL Cheese and 2 Tbsp. OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits for the cherries. Stir in 2 sliced green onions, then shape into ball. Herbed: Omit pumpkin pie spice. Prepare as directed, substituting 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese for the Cheddar and 1 clove minced garlic and 2 Tbsp. each chopped fresh parsley, fresh basil and chives for the cherries.
How to Wrap for Gift-Giving
Place cheese ball and knife on decorative platter or cutting board. Wrap with colorful cellophane and ribbon. After serving the cheese ball at the holiday party, the hostess will have a lovely gift to remember the occasion by!
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