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Almond Cheddar Pinecone

Almond Cheddar Pinecone


  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 pound cheddar cheese, grated
  • 6 tablespoons port
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced, green onion
  • 2 cups Blue Diamond® Whole Natural Almonds, toasted
  • Crackers


Combine first 4 ingredients; beat until smooth. Stir in green onions. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Form cheese mixture into the shape of a large pinecone. Place on serving plate. Beginning at narrow end of cone, carefully press almonds about 1/4-inch deep into cheese mixture in rows, making sure that pointed end of each almond extends at a slight angle. Continue, with rows slightly overlapping, until all cheese is covered. Garnish pinecone with pine sprigs, if desired. Serve with crackers.

Makes about 25 servings.