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Cranberry Ambrosia-Cream Cheese Spread

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 (6-ounce) package sweetened dried cranberries, divided
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges
1 (3 1/2-ounce) can shredded coconut, divided
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
8 pecan halves, toasted

Stir together cream cheese and sugar until blended. Add dried cranberries, reserving 1/4-cup cranberries. Drain pineapple and oranges; pat dry between layers of paper towels. Set oranges aside. Stir pineapple and coconut into cream cheese mixture, reserving 1/4-cup coconut. Stir in chopped pecans. Spoon mixture into a serving bowl. Sprinkle reserved dried cranberries around edges of bowl. Arrange orange sections around inside edge of cranberries. Sprinkle the reserved 1/4-cup coconut in the center, and top with the toasted pecan halves. Serve with gingersnaps.