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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


  • 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


  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. 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!

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!

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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