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Known to frequent holiday open houses, this creamy appetizer with a nutty exterior doesn't stick around long. Which is exactly why you'll want to keep this recipe handy.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
3 hrs
3 hrs 15 mins
24 servings, 2 Tbsp. each


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • BEAT cream cheese and Cheddar in small bowl with mixer until blended.

  • ADD all remaining ingredients except nuts; mix well. Refrigerate several hours.

  • SHAPE into ball; roll in nuts. Serve with RITZ Crackers.

  • kraft kitchens tipsVARIATION Prepare by reducing the amount of Cheddar cheese to 1/2 cup and using PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. In addition, coat the cheese ball with chopped fresh parsley instead of chopped nuts.SUBSTITUTESubstitute pimentos for the red bell peppers and/or toasted chopped PLANTERS Slivered Almonds or finely chopped fresh parsley for the nuts.VARIATION Mix cream cheese mixture as directed; shape into log or 24 small balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in nuts until evenly coated. Serve as directed.

Nutrition Facts

130 calories; cholesterol 35mg; fiber 1g; fat 13g; sodium 135mg; sugars 1g; saturated fat 6g; carbohydrates 2g; protein 4g; calcium 8%.