Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Prize-tested winner from BHG magazine in the spreads for muffins, toast and bagels category. I've changed the cottage cheese and sour cream to fat free/low fat versions but if you're not dieting, hey, go for the big guns! ;-)


  1. Place cottage cheese in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or pulse until smooth.
  2. Transfer cottage cheese to a medium bowl. Stir in sour cream, brown sugar, pecans, cherries and lemon zest.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. (Spread can be kept chilled longer but cherries will begin to stain).
  4. Serve as a spread for muffins, bagels, English muffins or toast.
  5. * To toast the pecans - preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  6. Serving size = 1 tablespoon.
Most Helpful

This is a great treat for low fat! I made a batch tonight and had some of the dip with crackers. I have some wheat rolls, so I will try it in the morning. I can only imagine it'll get better once it's refrigerated overnight. I don't mind if the cherries bleed, I think it'll be prettier that way. This is definitely worthy of being put out at a party, too.

Julie421511 January 03, 2008

I made this yesterday and I am eating today as I write this. It is very good! I am just eating it like a salad though ;-) I tried it on crackers and didn't care for that, but I really like it better alone. I also used craisins instead of the cherries, only because that's what I had on hand. I'm thinking this might be really good rolled in a lettuce leaf as a light lunch. Thanks for sharing this SusieQusie!

zaar mate April 27, 2007

What a great combination of flavors. I had it on an english muffin. I used dried cranberries. Thanks for the great recipe.

MsSally April 17, 2007