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Cheese Spread Pinecone

folks quickly cluster around this outdoorsy appetizer from Cindy Harrington of Euless, Texas. She turned her super cheese spread into a pinecone—using slice almonds, dill sprigs and a cinnamon stick!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3-1/2 cups


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Fresh dill sprigs
  • Breadsticks, crackers and/or raw vegetables


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add the feta, mozzarella, onion and cayenne ; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • On a serving platter, form cheese mixture into a pinecone shape. Beginning at the narrow end, arrange almonds in overlapping rows. Add cinnamon stick and dill for the stem and pine needles. Serve with breadsticks, crackers and/or vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 64 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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