A Pinecone-after-a-Squirrel's Heart

30 2 cups or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each
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2 cups or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each

This isn't just any old cheese ball. This cheese ball is a festive showstopper that tastes as good as it looks! Made with cream cheese, bacon and almonds, this recipe is a party-perfect appetizer spread.

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  • Mix cream cheese spread and Miracle Whip until well blended. Stir in next 4 ingredients.
  • Shape into oval on platter.
  • Insert nuts, in overlapping rows, in cream cheese mixture to resemble pinecone, starting at bottom of oval.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with Christie Vegetable Thins Crackers and Christie Bacon Dippers Crackers.


Substitute 1/3 cup Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits for the chopped cooked bacon slices.

Make Ahead

Prepare as directed except do not add nuts. Refrigerate up to 12 hours. Decorate with nuts just before serving.


  • 2 cups or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 2 cups or 16 servings, 2 Tbsp. (30 mL) each
Calories 70
% Daily Value
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 180mg
Carbohydrate 2g
Dietary fibre 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • Marci09 |

    There isn't anyone in the room who can leave it alone till it is all gone. marci09

  • latto020 |

    Huge hit at the holiday table!

  • krupke |

    Easy to make and nice presentation. I substituted finely chopped red pepper for the pickles; I also doubled this as it was for a larger crowd. Went over very well.