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Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe
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Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

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Everyone will get a kick out of this creamy, savory spread. The zippy cheddar ball can be made a day ahead. —Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 celery rib or broccoli stalk
  • Sliced apples and assorted crackers

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheeses until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, paprika and cayenne. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  2. With a knife, add vertical lines to the cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin; insert a celery rib or broccoli stalk for the stem. Serve with apples and crackers. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Pumpkin Cheese Ball in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p17

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

This is a favorite for my husband and I. It's requested at many functions. The flavor is spot on and the cayanne adds a little kick but isn't too spicy. I don't like spicy at all and I would never make this without the pepper. We don't always make it into a pumpkin but we always make this recipe. I've been asked for the recipe and get rave reviews. We usually end up having this 4 or 5 times a year expecially in the fall. I usually serve it with apples, crackers or celery.

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

Served this at a "Little Pumpkin" themed baby shower. Received many compliments on the idea of shaping a cheese ball into a pumpkin, but no compliments regarding the actual flavor of the cheese ball. May try using the pumpkin shape idea with another cheese ball recipe for Thanksgiving.

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Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

We love this recipe. I make tiny ones for each guest and add shredded cheddar to the out side of each "pumpkin" so it is orange. Always a hit!

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Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

I love this recipe and get asked for it all the time. I add shredded mild cheddar to the outside to make it more orange looking.

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Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

Made this last Thanksgiving and again this year....also made for Christmas last year and shaped it into a Christmas tree decorated with capers and red pepper pieces. Super fun!

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