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Festive Pine Cone Cheese Ball

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Ingredients:

  • 6 (3-ounces each) packages cream cheese, or 18 ounces, room temperature
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds whole roasted almonds

Preparation:

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Refrigerate until firm then shape into a ball. Wrap in plastic and let ripen and firm in refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Take out of refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. Stud cheese with almonds to cover it, making rows all around to resemble a pine cone. Serve cheese ball with assorted crisp crackers.

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