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Cherry Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

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Dotted with pretty maraschino cherries, this spread is an attractive complement to your holiday table. —Ruth Hastings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon chopped maraschino cherries

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 162 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 131 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk and extract until fluffy. Fold in cherries. Serve with bread, bagels and toast. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 1/3 cup.
Originally published as Cherry Cream Cheese Spread in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p10

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"The basic recipe is delicious, but it needs to be sweetened with powered sugar to keep it from tasting like only cream cheese and cherries (unless that is the taste your going for). We added about a half a cup of powered sugar to a six time recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2009

"this was very good. but i had to add powdered sugar to it. Everyone loved it at my valentine party. i served it with graham crackers."

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