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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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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ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 178811
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."

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fnstlug User ID: 3658849 178810
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!"

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mkaskela User ID: 6061564 176291
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Not a good combination of flavors."

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omnijen User ID: 6475476 209997
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

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

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chefdujourr User ID: 6947219 174895
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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chefdujourr User ID: 6947219 158001
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"This is basically a Pâte à Choux recipe that is savory instead of sweet. I would not think kids would like it but if you were to fill the pumpkins with say, herbed cream cheese or something they might go for it! I made this for halloween happy hour along with various other themed nibbles and everyone loved it! I may make them larger next time and fill them with something yummy for Thanksgiving. Like cream puffs!"

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Cullafied User ID: 6946884 209996
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Not the best- needs more cheese flavor and a better texture. My daughter wanted to spit it out. I thought they were slightly better than that- although we'll see tomorrow at the pre-K halloween party!

I cut a celery into little "stems" and used celery leaves at an accent instead of the parsley."

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jekrush@pitel.net User ID: 1417211 174894
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"The cream cheese directions are very clear BUT why mess with that? I used a piece of a cinnamon stick(found in spice aisle)as looks just like a pumpkin stem."

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jekrush@pitel.net User ID: 1417211 209995
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"The cream cheese mixture instructions are very clear but why mess with that-I used a peice of a cinnamon stick(found in spice aisle) as looks just like a pumpkin stem."

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Dreamsenshi User ID: 5272592 174892
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"This is the type of thing that I remember kids in daycare liking to eat, but as an adult . . . it just seems like a waste of perfectly good cheese. :} The idea is cute, but the end product just tastes too much like artificial food for me to enjoy. I think that children would probably like it, though, so that's why it gets 2 stars instead of one."

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