Tiered Cheese Slices Recipe
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Tiered Cheese Slices Recipe

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I can't tell you how many times I've made this recipe or been asked to share it! Guests always think I fussed, but the simple ingredients go together in minutes using pre-sliced cheese. For busy holiday hostesses, it's a do-ahead delight.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) deli-style cheddar cheese slices (about 3 inches square)
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 83 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 112 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, hot pepper sauce and salt. Stir in pecans and cranberries.
  2. On a 12-in. square of aluminum foil, place two slices of cheese side by side; spread with 2-3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers six times. Top with two cheese slices. (Save remaining cheese slices for another use.)
  3. Fold foil around cheese and seal tightly. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Cut in half lengthwise and then widthwise into 1/4-in. slices. Serve with crackers. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Tiered Cheese Slices in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2004, p32

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Reviewed Jan. 2, 2011

"I've made these a few times and they're a hit each time."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"took some time to make but was so flavorful.

Guests loved this. You have to be a cream cheese fan though"

Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"Gosh that's pretty!!! I have saved it to favorites and will try it at our next get-together. Thanks!"

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