To bring butter, margarine or cream cheese to a soft consistency by holding at room temperature for a short time.
Topped with toasty pecans, this sweet-and-savory cheese ball makes a festive hostess gift for holiday parties. Says Heidi: “It’s always a hit; there’s never anything left over, and everyone asks for the recipe.” At home, make it ahead of time for convenience, then bring to room temp and serve. Heidi Blaine Hadburg - Safety Harbor, FL
These pretty little candies beat any store-bought variety hands down! They take some effort, but the look of delight on the faces of those who try them make every minute worth it. —Louise Oberfoell, Bowman, North Dakota
Salted butterscotch is everywhere—candy, ice cream and now...cheesecake! Silky smooth cheesecake is dressed with a decadent butterscotch sauce that really stands out next to the salty pretzel crust. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin