Cranberry-Orange Cheeseball

8-oz. package low-fat cream cheese

1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds or

other nuts

1/2 teaspoon orange zest, preferably fresh

vanilla and sugar to taste

decorating sugar (large crystals)


Place cream cheese in a medium bowl and

allow to soften at room temperature. Mash

and work with a fork until texture is light

enough to combine easily with other

ingredients. Mix in remaining ingredients. 

Roll into ball.  Cover and refrigerate up to 2

days ahead.  Flavors will blend and mellow

if this recipe is made ahead of time and allowed

to refrigerate for a few hours before serving.


Before serving, roll in sugar.