Cranberry Walnut Cheeseball
1 package Cranberry & Walnut Dip Mix
1/8 cup hot water
16 oz. (2 packages) cream cheese (softened)
Chopped or ground nuts (optional)
Add 1/8 cup hot water to Cranberry & Walnut Dip Mix, stir with fork, let set 15 min.
Use two 8 oz blocks of cream cheese softened (microwave cream cheese in a covered dish - sheet of paper towel works best - at 30 second intervals until cream cheese is very soft and smooth, use a spatula to smooth out) add mix. Mix well. Line a small bowl with Saran/plastic wrap with excess over edges of bowl. Place cranberry walnut mixture in bowl, pack down with spatula, smooth top. Fold plastic wrap over top. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Remove bowl from refrigerator, with plastic wrap in place, flip mixture out and shape into ball shape. Remove plastic wrap. May roll in chopped or ground walnuts, Graham cracker crumbs, or ground vanilla wafers. Serve with apple slices, celery sticks, wheat thins, Graham cracker sticks, vanilla wafers or animal crackers.
Use a small can (8 oz) of WELL drained crushed pineapple in it's own juice. Colander works best to drain pineapple in. Omit water, stir mix into drained crushed pineapple, let set 15 minutes. Proceed with recipe.
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