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Christmas Candle Cheese Spread

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4-1/2 cups

My sister shared this recipe with me when I was in school and still learning to cook. It's an excellent appetizer that's remained a favorite through the years. —Patty Glasgow, Dresden, Ontario


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • Assorted crackers


  1. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions, Worcestershire and hot pepper sauce until blended. Form 1/2 cup cheese mixture into a 4-in. circle. Coat with parsley.
  2. Form the remaining cheese mixture into a cylinder; roll in sesame seeds. Place on top of circle. Cut a piece of red pepper to resemble a flame; insert into the top of the candle. Cut one ring from the green pepper; cut in half. Position one half on the side for handle. (Save remaining peppers for another use.) Refrigerate until serving.

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