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Snowman Cheese Spread

 Snowman Cheese Spread
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
14-16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Snowman Cheese Spread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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).
  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 105 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 244 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.