1 8-oz. package cream cheese softened (I use PHILADELPHIA BRAND)
1 8-1/4 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1 teaspoon chopped crystallized ginger
Combine cream cheese and pineapple, mixing until well blended. Add all remaining ingredients except coconut; mix well. Place on clear wrap and roll into a ball. Place in refrigerator for several hours. Remove from refrigerator, unwrap and shape into a ball and roll in either more chopped pecans or flaked coconut. Place on serving platter with assorted crackers. Makes 1-1/2 cups.
*My family and friends like this cheese ball rolled in flaked coconut the best.