In 1-cup cellophane bag, layer ingredients in the following order: lemon peel, half of the powdered sugar, the cranberries, hazelnuts, remaining powdered sugar, and dates. Seal; store in cool, dry place for up to 1 month.
To make spread:
In medium bowl, stir together one 8-ounce package softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup softened butter Add spread mix from bag; stir until combined. Transfer mixture to serving dish. Serve on bagels, shortbread cookies, or sweet crackers. Cover and chill any leftover spread for up to 3 days. Makes 24 servings.