Combine all ingredients. Chill. Shape on serving board to resemble pine cone. Garnish with nuts. Serve with fruit and crackers. Makes 2 cups of Cheddar cheese spread with nuts.
The Nutsnacker: Almond Pinecones
Toast the season’s riches with this snappy new spread. Formed in a nutshell of crisp, crunchy Blue Diamond almonds and made especially creamy with Kraft real mayonnaise. As a holiday appetizer, its flavor is so scrumptious, your guests will go simply nutty.
Spread almonds in a single layer in shallow pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring often until almonds just begin to turn color.
Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well. Add bacon, onions, dill and pepper; mix well. Cover and chill overnight. Form cheese mixture into shapes of two pinecones on serving platter. Beginning at narrow end, press almonds at slight angel into cheese mixture in rows. Continuing overlapping rows until all cheese is covered. Garnish with artificial pine sprigs. Serve with crackers.