Cheesecake Balls in a Maple-Nut Crumble

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24 portions
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  • 1/2 cup walnuts (or pecans)
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 lb container cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Cover a plate or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put a skillet on medium heat and warm the walnuts (or pecans) and almonds for 7 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add 30 g (1/4 cup) of the maple sugar to the pan, allowing it to melt and stirring to coat and caramelize the nuts. Quickly transfer to the parchment paper surface and let cool.
  4. Use a food processor to grind the nuts. Return them to the plate and mix in the crumbs.
  5. Put 30 g (1/4 cup) of this nut mixture back into the food processor and add the cranberries. Chop finely.
  6. Add the cream cheese and the rest of the maple sugar. Blend to a smooth texture.
  7. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours so that it sets.
  8. Use a spoon to form the cream cheese mixture into balls. Roll them in the remaining nuts.


YIELD: 24 balls


The caramelized nuts will keep at room temperature for 1 week.

The cream cheese balls will keep in the fridge for 1 week.

Once the cream cheese balls are rolled in nuts, they should be eaten the same day to enjoy the crunch!

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.