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Brandy & Date Cheese Ball Pops

12/24/2018, noon
Servings: 2 dozen / Total Time: 30 mins Ingredients • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese • 1/2 cup butter, softened ...

Servings: 2 dozen / Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

• 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

• 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 3 ounces cream cheese, softened

• 1 tablespoon brandy

• 1 cup finely chopped dates

• 1 package (2-1/4 ounces) sliced almonds, chopped and toasted

• 12 bacon strips, cooked and finely crumbled

• 24 lollipop sticks

• Assorted crackers

Directions

• In a small bowl, beat the cheddar cheese, butter, cream cheese and brandy until well blended. Stir in dates. Shape into twenty-four 1-in. balls. Place almonds and bacon in separate shallow bowls. Roll half of the cheese balls in almonds; roll remaining balls in bacon. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

• Insert lollipop sticks into cheese balls. Serve with crackers.