Spicy Raspberry Cheeseball

How was everyone's Christmas?  We had a lovely day yesterday celebrating Jesus's birth and enjoying time together!  I'm sure I'll have some sort of recap or photo post coming in the next few days, but today I wanted to pop on here and share a recipe.

The last several years, I have been making a cheeseball for our family to enjoy on Christmas morning.  We make so many cookies and fudge for Christmas morning, the cheeseball is a nice little island of salty in the middle of all that sweet.

I usually make a jalepeno-bacon-pecan cheeseball, but this year I poked around on the internet for a second cheeseball to add to our Christmas spread.  I wanted something with raspberry in it, but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for - so I took inspiration from other recipes and came up with my own!

I had Derek try my creation, and he declared it a success, so I thought I'd share the recipe here!  It turned out just the way I wanted it to - raspberry and cream cheese, with just a little kick.  I know it's the day after Christmas now, so it's too late to make it for Christmas morning this year, but this might work for any New Year's Eve parties just around the corner!

Spicy Raspberry Cheeseball

2 packages cream cheese
4 heaping tablespoons raspberry preserves
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp chipotle pepper
2 ounces white chocolate
1/2 cup walnuts

For Dippers:

wheat crackers
graham crackers

1.  Combine cream cheese, 2 heaping tablespoons of raspberry preserves, and spices in a bowl.  Mix together with electric mixer until well combined.  Form with spoon into a ball and chill while preparing coating.

2.  Finely grate the white chocolate and crush the walnuts.  Mix white chocolate and walnuts together and spread onto a cookie sheet.  Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of preserves in the microwave for 20 seconds to slightly melt.  Drop preserves by spoonful on top of the mixture in cookie sheet.

3.  Take cheeseball out of the refrigerator.  Wet your hands so the cheeseball won't stick, then gently pick it up and roll it in the cookie sheet mixture to coat.  Arrange in a bowl or plate, and chill until ready to serve with crackers!

Did you try any new recipes for Christmas this year?
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Jinjer-The Intrepid Angeleno said...

That looks and sounds so delicious! And your photos are just amazing. You could be a magazine photographer.

Do you remember what brand of wheat crackers those are? We can't get anything like that in our tiny town but I would like to see about ordering some. I eat a lot of cheese. LOL

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