Cranberry Ambrosia Cream Cheese Spread
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (6-ounce) package sweetened dried cranberries, divided
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges
  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) can shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 8 pecan halves, toasted
DIRECTIONS
  1. Stir together cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add dried cranberries, reserving 1/4 cup cranberries.
  2. Drain pineapple and oranges; pat dry between layers of paper towels. Set oranges aside.
  3. Stir pineapple and coconut into cream cheese mixture, reserving 1/4 cup coconut. Stir in chopped pecans. Spoon mixture into a serving bowl.
  4. Sprinkle reserved dried cranberries around edges of bowl. Arrange orange sections around inside edge of cranberries. Sprinkle reserved 1/4 cup coconut in center, and top with pecan halves. Serve with gingersnaps.
  5. Yield: 24 appetizer servings
RECIPE BACKSTORY
A delicious sweet spread or dip, from Southern Living magazine, December 2000.