Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Cheese Truffles

These are delicious, especially with toasted sesame crackers! This recipe could easily be cut in half, if you have a smaller gathering. Sesame seeds, chopped fresh parsley, paprika and shredded cheese are other yummy toppings!

2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
Dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1-2/3 cups PLANTERS Chopped Pecans
SOCIABLES Savory Crackers

BEAT cream cheese, shredded cheese, garlic powder and ground red pepper until well blended. Divide in half. Add roasted red peppers to one half and green onions to the other half; mix each half until well blended. Cover.
REFRIGERATE several hours or until chilled.
SHAPE each cheese mixture into 24 balls, each about 1 inch in diameter. Roll in pecans. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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