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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 will have guests pining for more.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Reduced Fat Four Cheese Mexican Style Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons canned chopped green chiles
  • 1/3 cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, toasted RITZ Crackers


  1. Place cream cheese, shredded cheese and mustard in food processor or blender; cover. Process until well blended.
  2. Stir in chiles.
  3. Place on sheet of waxed paper; shape into 4-inch oval to resemble a pinecone.
  4. Insert almonds in rows to completely cover cream cheese mixture.
  5. Place on serving plate; cover.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.
  7. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving with the crackers.

Yield: 2 cups spread or 16 servings, 2 tablespoons spread and 5 crackers each
Total time: 2 hr, 20 min

Each 2-tablespoon serving of this spicy spread packs a flavor punch.

Shape cheese mixture into ball instead of pinecone shape. Cover with almonds as desired.

Prepare as directed, adding 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce to the cream cheese mixture before shaping as directed.

Nutritional Information: Calories 190 Total fat 13 g Saturated fat 6 g Cholesterol 25 mg Sodium 360 mg Carbohydrate 11 g Dietary fiber 1 g Sugars 2 g Protein 6 g Vitamin A

6 %DV Vitamin C 0 %DV Calcium 25 %DV Iron 4 %DV

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