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Tiered Cheese Slices

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
    about 4 dozen


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, hot pepper sauce and salt. Stir in pecans and cranberries.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 83 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • randcbruns
    Apr 8, 2018

    This does take some time to make but it was worth it. I wasn't sure of the cranberries but they add nice color and texture.

  • Myhusbandisthecook
    Jan 2, 2011

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

  • freel
    Sep 27, 2010

    took some time to make but was so flavorful.Guests loved this. You have to be a cream cheese fan though

  • Budzmom
    Jun 26, 2010

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