My friend, Penny, brought a cheese ball into work quite a few years ago and it was so yummy that I just had to have the recipe. I made it this past weekend to bring to work and to my knitting group. It was a hit! What makes it so great at Christmas time is that the cherries tint the cream cheese a pretty pink and then the red cherries and green onions look very Christmas-y! (I did have a photo of the cheese ball before everyone dug in, but unfortunately, I got the dreaded "card read error" when I tried to view the other photos.)
Cherry Cheese Ball
16 oz cream cheese, softened
small jar maraschino cherries, chopped & drained
8 oz crushed pineapple, drained real well
2 tablespoons green onions & tops, chopped very finely
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups chopped pecans
Mix cream cheese, pineapple, cherries, onions, and sugar.
Roll into balls or logs and refrigerate overnight.
Roll in chopped nuts and serve with crackers of your choice.