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Try a sweet cherry cheese ball for a new twist on classic party recipe

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The esteemed cheese ball is a staple at nearly every holiday gathering from coast to coast. This sweet version includes cream cheese and maraschino cherries for a delightful twist on a savory appetizer. Serve with crackers, pita chips or fresh fruit.

CHERRY CHEESE BALL

  • 2 (8 ounce packages) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 10 maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup pecans, toasted & chopped

Directions
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and powdered sugar. Beat at medium speed until smooth. Stir in cherries then shape into a ball. Roll in pecans to completely coat. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Cook's Notes-For a slightly different flavor, roll the cheese ball in crushed graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

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