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Cherry Cheese Logs Recipe
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Cherry Cheese Logs Recipe

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Our party guests flock to this holiday gem of an appetizer - cherry-studded cream cheese served with graham or water crackers and pears. —Libby Walp, Chicago, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 28 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Graham crackers

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons (calculated without crackers): 131 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, orange juice and ginger until smooth. Fold in cherries. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  2. Place pecans in a shallow bowl. Shape cheese mixture into two 7-in.-long logs; roll in pecans to coat evenly. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with crackers. Yield: 2 logs (1-3/4 cups each).
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Cherry Cheese Logs in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2015, p86


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