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Brandy & Date Cheese Ball Pops

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Makes

2 dozen

For a fun and different presentation for cheese balls, try my cheese pops. The brandy and dates add a sweetness, while the almonds and bacon add a complementary crunch.—Ginger Kohutek, Weslaco, Texas
Brandy & Date Cheese Ball Pops Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 1 package (2-1/4 ounces) sliced almonds, chopped and toasted
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and finely crumbled
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • Assorted crackers

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, beat the cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese and brandy until well blended. Stir in dates. Shape into twenty-four 1-in. balls. Place almonds and bacon in separate shallow bowls. Roll half of the cheese balls in almonds; roll remaining balls in bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Insert lollipop sticks into cheese balls. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

1 cheese pop (calculated without crackers): 137 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 167mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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