This cheese ball is like cherries jubilee without the fire. Sweet like a cheesecake, but not too sweet, this works as either a dessert or an appetizer!
- 1 cup chopped dried Bing cherries
- 1/2 cup light rum
- 1 cup sugar
- 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, for coating
- Water crackers or graham crackers, for serving
Stir together the cherries, rum, and sugar and let sit for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
Using a stand mixer or a bowl and a spatula, mix together the cherry mixture, cream cheese, and vanilla until combined. Form the mixture into a log, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Before serving, roll the log in the pecans to coat.
Serve with water crackers or graham crackers.
If you're serving it as a starter, put out water crackers, but for dessert, serve it with graham crackers.
Recipe Adapted from www.goodhousekeeping.com