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Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball Recipe

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 YIELD:20 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

Reviews for Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball

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Michelle J. Zimmerman 240726
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"My daughter had a New Year party to attend and needed to take a dish to share. This recipe was easy to make. We chose to modify the recipe using things on hand by making our own spreadable chive & onion spread. We used another 8 oz. block of cream cheese added 1/4 grated red onion, 3 T finely chopped red onion and 3-4 T freeze dried chives mixed together with a hand mixer. We reduced the red pepper to 1/4 tsp. and added 1/2 c. flaked crab. The result was a perfect!"

justmbeth 236114
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Great flavor. After initial taste, I thought cheese ball would be spicy but the flavors settled after refrigeration. Will do again next year."

sewinglouise 216078
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"One of the best cheese balls that I have had. Nice nip with the cayenne, but not too much. Always asked for the recipe when I take it places. Like others don't do pumpkin shape and I rolls in crushed pecans"

mecorky89 168017
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Great recipe. Made it for my husband's halloween birthday dinner. I added orange

paste food coloring to make it more orange in color.
Will definitely make it again and again."

celeryroot 77863
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2014

"Loved the zippy recipe and the cute pumpkin shape. I added a teaspoon of turmeric to give it a brighter orange color."

Ponygirl1014 97798
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"This spread was excellent. I usually do the one with pineapple, but I wanted to give another one a try. My picky husband loved it. I didn't need a pumpkin, so I just made it into a ball. Like a other reviewer I coated the ball in crushed pecans. Served with Triscuits."

jbsebas 169221
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."

MariahL 209269
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."

JeannineMarie 209268
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!"

JeannineMarie 209267
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."

marthalynnchr 81492
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!"

Gwen257 154239
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"I have a similar pumpkin cheese ball recipe that I ice(spread) with Kaukauna Port Wine cheese which gives it an orange color and and looks more like a pumpkin. I use a thick pretzel for the stem."

shermanhenryfloyd 108704
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"In regard to the reader who was "disappointed" because there was no pumpkin in this recipe: was it not named due to the shape , segments and stem of the pumpkin rather than it actually containing pumpkin?!"

toledopride 170310
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I have made this several times and each time got raves. This is such a fun presentation rather than a regular cheese ball."

sulynn051467 98623
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"I have made this several times every year and it is the best cheese ball ever!!"

jodygreetham 209266
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Love this! I make it omitting the cayenne pepper because wasn't sure our family would like it. And I rolled mine in chopped walnuts/pecans. It's a keeper. EASY (and impressive, too)!"

HHF9662 168016
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Will be a wonderful cheese ball for all seasons(anytime) just by adjusting the seasonings to variant colors."

tcarver 155371
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it."

transou4 172469
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"Everyone LOVED this easy cheese ball. Simply delicious - nothing extra or fancy."

MY REVIEW 168013
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I made this for a party at my house and everyone loved it. Several asked me for the recipe. It was a big hit and was gone in no time!"

cherrylady 97797
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"We all loved this cheese ball -- great flavor. You can learn from my mistake -- do not chill before serving. I made it ahead and kept it in the fridge. It was too firm to 'break' into it. Next time I'll make it just before serving and leave it at room temperature. So simple, but looks like you fussed!"

NormaCleo 169220
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This pumpkin cheese ball doesn't have any pumpkin in it--I was disapointed."

ekuhistorygirl 157102
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"We have an annual pumpkin carving party and every year this is requested. Great with wheat crackers."

PeanutbutterandJelly 77723
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011


Homeschoolmy3 169215
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"I just made this cheese ball for the first time for a church function. I simple shaped it into a ball as opposed to the pumpkin shape (though it's a cute idea). Several folks asked for a copy of the recipe as it was a huge hit. it was very delicious, and I'll definitely be making this again! Yummy!"

sirshylock 157101
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"This is a family favorite. Great for any big get together. My mom made it as a Thanksgiving appetizer a few years ago and now it is a staple."

lurky27 98622
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"Served this at a fall party & it was a big hit!

~ Theresa"

AnissaE 169214
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"This appetizer is delicious and festive all rolled up in a ball. Tip for making the pumpkin shape - cover with plastic wrap and shape in to ball. Wrap 4 rubber bands around ball. Regrigerate but periodically take out cheese ball and tug on rubber bands to score the ball."

vraklis 169732
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"My cousin brought this to our Thanksgiving feast, and honestly I ate more of this cheese ball than anything else! It is so delicious, I had to sneak some home with me. I will definitely make this cheese ball for future potlucks!"

Russell11 209265
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"Great app plus got raving reviews!"

karliq 172468
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"I made this last year and I am making it again this year. It is rather easy and tastes great! The cayenne pepper gives it a tiny kick, mild enough for kids! Fun & easy!"

chickluvs2cook 169707
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"This is a Bunco night must!"

ekuhistorygirl 169212
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"I made this for halloween last year. It was a huge hit. It was easy to make and festive. Great with wheat crackers. It was such a hit it's already been requested for the party this year."

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