Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs Recipe
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Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs Recipe

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You, too, can be "Peter the Pumpkin Eater" from the classic nursery rhyme when you prepare a batch of these fluffy and tender cheese puffs that look like mini pumpkins. Romano cheese gives them a nice tang and their cream cheese stems complete the seasonal look. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 drops yellow paste food coloring
  • 1 drop red paste food coloring
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 20 sprigs fresh Italian parsley, stems removed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and vinegar. Cover and refrigerate. In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yellow and red food coloring; stir Romano cheese and food coloring into dough. Add eggs, one at a time; beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  3. Drop by level tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Using a star tip and reserved cream cheese mixture, pipe stems onto puffs. Add parsley sprigs. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs in Halloween Party Favorites 2009 2009, p20

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Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"so cute and easy to make. the taste is excellent. i needed to keep them for a while so half of them received almond leaf inserts instead the cream cheese stems. worked perfectly and in my opinion looked better."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"I expected these to turn out dry/plain-flavored for me, but they were actually perfect (which I guess means they were hard to mess up ;). Nice and cheesy--they disappeared quickly. The parsley actually added a nice touch of flavor too, so don't leave it out!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Not a good combination of flavors."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"This is so cute and fun! Definitely going to make for my Halloween party this year."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"This is basically a Pâte à Choux recipe. It was a hit at my halloween happy hour. For Thanksgiving I might make them bigger and fill them with something yummy like herbed cream cheese just like a cream puff!"

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