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Snowman Cheese Spread Recipe

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This cute cheese ball snowman "stands out" on any appetizer buffet. He is so much fun to "build" and always gets a warm welcome at parties and gatherings. This is one snowman who won't melt away, but he disappears just as quickly once people get a taste of him.—Jan Sofranko, Melta, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:14-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (2-1/2 ounces) thinly sliced dried beef, chopped
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable cream cheese
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 5 dried cranberries, divided
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 1 small pitted ripe olives
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 green onion
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

105 calories: 2 tablespoon, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0g fiber), 3g protein .

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the first four ingredients until blended. Shape into three balls, one 3-1/2 in., one 3 in and one 2-1/2 in. Place the 3-1/2-in. ball on an 8-in. serving plate; top with the 3-in. ball, then the small ball. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. With a knife, smooth spreadable cream cheese over each ball; spread remaining cheese around base of snowman. Arrange rosemary sprigs on snowman's head, forming a wreath. Place three dried cranberries inside wreath. Insert pretzel sticks for arms.
  3. Cut two thin slices from olive and make two 1/8-in. circles. Place circles on head for eyes and slices on body for buttons. cut one cranberry in half widthwise; place in the center of olive buttons. Cut remaining cranberry in half lengthwise; shape one piece into a smile and place on snowman's face (discard remaining cranberry half).
  4. Trim carrot to make a small nose; position on face. Cut top of green onion into a 1/4-in. strip; tie around neck for scarf. Serve with crackers. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Snowman Cheese Spread in Country Woman January/February 2001, p36


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7Trees
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"Made this for a family party. It was a big hit.

Everyone thought he was too cute to eat"

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