Party Cheese Ribbon Slices

About 7% of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle and my son is one of them! He was right up to the last minute, but it got done. Speaking of last minute, we barely managed to get his Court of Honor done before he left home on a mission for our church. Did you know that when a scout reaches the rank of Eagle the mother gets a pin? I just have to tell you, I really earned that thing. I worked hard to help him and so did his dad. It was definitely a family affair. Recently my brother-in-law heard how nervous I was about his board of review, because his Eagle project was not yet approved. If he had been turned down we would have had no time to do anything about it because he was turning 18 and it would be too late to do another project. He accused me of being one of “those” mothers. I am totally owning up to it. I am one of “those” mothers! One of “those” mothers that gets things done! One of “those” mothers that pushes her kids to accomplish things. One of “those” mothers who EARNED HER PIN! Have I told you that I am a Water Sports Merit Badge counselor among other things? My son gave me all the credit. But the truth is, he really did earn this honor. These pictures that my daughter snapped say it all. I always tell him he is my favorite son. It’s true, too. I have one son and one daughter. I get to have favorites. I am so very blessed. Cheesy, right?

Speaking of cheese, I wanted to share with you some interesting facts about cheese and crackers. When someone like me needs info, I Google it  or search Wikipedia. What I found was that there is nothing really interesting about them.  Crackers and cheese, while a tasty snack, are boring. UNTIL NOW! Cream cheese with pecans, dried cranberries and a dash of hot sauce layered between deli slices of cheddar is way better than a boring old cheese and cracker tray! These cheese and crackers are ready to have a good time. And they are purty! I loved that I could make them well in advance and cut and arrange them just before serving. This is a yin yang sort of recipe. There is the balance between crunchy and smooth, spicy and mild, salty and sweet. It hits all the right notes. I brought these to my son’s Eagle Court of Honor and they were popular even among the stellar yummy treats the three other moms whose boys were also being recognized had brought.


The next time I made these, I brought them to a dinner party. Usually I warn people to watch what they say about any food that might end up on our blog, because I just might quote them. But before being warned, one guest said he could stay and eat Party Cheese Ribbon Slices all day. He gave me permission to quote him. I could eat them all day long too. I love this combination of flavors. It looks so holidayish. These cheese slices just look like they should be at a party, right? These are so easy to make. After mixing the cream cheese, nuts, dried cranberries and hot sauce, I layered the cream cheese mixture using a cookie scoop.  It was the perfect amount. Then I spread the mixture to the edges of the cheese squares and repeated layering 6 times. This yielded two stacks of cheese. After refrigerating for several hours I took them out and to keep it looking perfect, I trimmed off the raggedy looking edges, cut each stack in half and then into slices.  Those edges are good for pre-party snacking. Of course if you don’t mind raggedy edges or don’t like pre-party snacking, you can skip this step. But I like a little nibble, and these cut off bits are the perfect excuse. Thanks to Buttercream and a Sewing Machine for introducing us to this rockin’ recipe.

Now just set them on a serving plate with crackers and you are ready to go.

Party Cheese Ribbon Slices
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 8 ounce packages deli-style cheddar cheese slices (about 3 inches square)
  • Assorted Crackers
  1. Mix cream cheese, hot pepper sauce, pecans and dried cranberries.
  2. On a piece of aluminum foil place one slice of cheese and spread one cookie scoopful of cream cheese mixture to the edges of the cheese. Repeat layers six times.
  3. Fold foil around cheese and seal tightly. Refrigerate for 8 hours of overnight. Trim edges, cut in half lengthwise and then widthwise into ¼ inch slices.
Makes 4 dozen.


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  1. Those were gooooooood! You can quote me on that, too!

    • Hahaha! Thanks Cheryl (one of the other mom’s whose son got his Eagle award at this court of honor who also brought some nummy treats). You are the bestest friend ever!

  2. The cool thing about these is you could customize them to fit your family’s preferences. Can’t wait to try them.

  3. Congrats to you and your son. We are in the middle of the project process, so i completely understand.

    • Thanks Alison! I love the scouting program and the effect it has had on my son and our family. I am sure glad he managed to reach this milestone. That boy of mine has a habit of managing to pull things off at the last minute and by the skin of his teeth. He always pulls through, but sometimes his process makes me a little crazy. Good luck to you on your son’s project. It’s nice to have someone else who gets it, ya know?

  4. I love this idea! Good-bye cheese ball…Hello cheese ribbons! I’ll be trying this at my next party! And you are not cheesy…you’re just a proud Mama! Thanks for sharing you’re new discovery! =D

  5. Karen Dyck says:

    Congratulations on your son achieving the rank of Eagle – my son had his Eagle Board of Review last night and he too is an Eagle Scout now. I know how emotional it can be. It is an awesome achievement these boy reach. We will be having my sons Eagle Court of Honor in March.

    • Congratulations right back at ya, Karyn! It sure is something worth celebrating. Aren’t you so relieved it is over? I was. When he called to tell me about his board of review he did the whole fake out thing and said he didn’t get it. I bought it hook, line and sinker! Maybe that was part of the relief I felt.

      • I can totally relate to that. I was crying throughout the day – due to just the anxious I was feeling. It was a journey most definitely worth taking – I just couldn’t believe the day had finally arrived.

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