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Mixed Fruit Cheese Ball

 Mixed Fruit Cheese Ball
For a pretty holiday presentation, I like to place this cheese ball on a festive platter and surround it with wedges of unpeeled apples and assorted crackers. People are always pleasantly surprised by the combination of flavors in every bite. —Pat Habiger, Spearville, Kansas
20 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pitted dried plums, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Apple slices and assorted crackers

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream
  • and coriander blended. Stir in fruit. Shape into a ball; roll in
  • pecans. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill until serving. Serve
  • with apples and crackers. Yield: 20 servings.