1 ¼ cups whole almonds

1 8 oz. package cream cheese

½ cup mayonnaise

5 crisply cooked bacon slices, crumbled

1 Tbsp. chopped green onion

½ tsp dill weed

⅛ tsp pepper

Spread almonds in a single layer in shallow pan.  Bake at 300 degrees 15 minutes, stirring often, until almonds just begin to turn color.

Combine softened cream cheese and mayonnaise; mix well.  Add bacon, onion, dill and pepper; mix well.  Cover; chill overnight.

Form cheese mixture into shapes of two pinecones on serving platter.  Beginning at narrow end, press almonds at slight angle into cheese mixture in rows.  Continue overlapping rows until all cheese is covered.  Garnish with artificial pine sprigs.  Serve with crackers.  Makes 1 1/2 cups.

© Barbara Deitch 2020