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Festive Cheese Spread

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“The most delicious tasting spread! Sometimes I roll it into a log or ball with nuts, and other times I just put it in a crock. The ingredients sound strange but taste great together. I have been asked to make this for friends' parties and share the recipe. Easy, but fancy-looking, especially if you do the ball or log and arrange nice crackers or/and fruit around it. Great for parties or pot luck. I got this from Pampered Chef and altered a bit to my liking.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 -4 ounces cheddar cheese, finely shredded (1/2-1 cup, to taste)
  • 14 cup finely diced dried apricot
  • 14 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 2 -3 tablespoons scallions, very thinly sliced with some of the green
  • 12 cup sliced almonds (only if you are going to roll it as a cheese ball or log)
  • cracker (or bagels for leftovers)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine cheeses, apricots, cranberries, and scallions.
  2. Mix well.
  3. If making as a log or ball, shape cheese mixture using wax paper or parchment paper, and roll log/ball in almonds (on another sheet of wax/parchment paper) until completely coated.
  4. Transfer to a pretty dish.
  5. Serve with crackers.
  6. Leftovers are also great on bagels!

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