Recipe: Cherry Cheese Mystery

Cherries

What You Need:

 

1/3 cup, pitted, halved fresh sweet cherries

3 tbsp. cherry jello

2 tbsp. orange juice

1 tbsp. finely, grated orange peel

1 two oz. bag pecan halves, broken

1 tbsp. ground chinese 5-spice

¼ tsp. ground ginger

3 eight oz. boxes cream cheese

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup halved, salted cashews

1 box Club crackers

Several fresh mint sprigs (garnish)

2 cups whole, fresh cherries

 

 Instructions:

 

  1. Wash, halve, pit, drain, 1 1/3 cup cheeries; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine jello, orange juice, 5-spice, ginger, and orange peel. Stir constantly on low heat until jello is dissolved.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, drained cherries, pecans, and cooled jello mixture. Mix on medium speed until well-blended.
  5. Chill 2 hours.
  6. Put cherry appetizer in a small cut glass dish.
  7. Around the edges of cherry mixture, sprinkle the cashews.
  8. Add mint sprigs to garnish.
  9. Place glass dish on a platter and arrange crackers and cherries attractively.
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