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Cheesenstein Recipe

Cheesenstein Recipe

This creamy, fun dip will be the hit of every Halloween party! I've done several variations of this cheese ball. My daughters really love it! —Nila Grahl, Gurnee, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cartons (4 ounces each) whipped cream cheese
  • Moss-green paste food coloring
  • 1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives, drained
  • 2 pepperoncini
  • 3 colossal ripe olives
  • 2 slices peeled parsnip
  • Black decorating gel
  • 1 pretzel rod
  • 1 small cucumber
  • Assorted fresh vegetables


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce until smooth. Stir in the cheddar cheese, bacon and onions. Shape into a 5-in. x 4-in. x 3-in. rectangle; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 2. Unwrap rectangle; place on a serving platter with a 3-in. side on top. Tint whipped cream cheese green; spread over top and sides of rectangle.
  • 3. Add chopped ripe olives for hair and pepperoncinis for ears. Cut one colossal olive in half; add parsnip slices and olive halves for eyes. With black decorating gel, pipe the brow, mouth and stitches.
  • 4. Break pretzel rod in half; add a colossal olive to each end. Press into sides of head for bolts. Cut a small piece from end of cucumber for a nose (save remaining cucumber for another use). Serve with vegetables. Yield: 3 cups.
Editor's Note: Look for pepperoncini (pickled peppers) in the pickle and olive section of your grocery store.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 329 calories, 31g fat (17g saturated fat), 89mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 9g protein.

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geopchick User ID: 5714774 175136
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"This was AWESOME!!!!!!! I made this for Halloween (yes, I'm slow in reviewing) and everyone RAVED over it. Not only is Cheesenstein adorable, but tasty as well! I've modified him into a "Cheeseter Egg," too, and my office asks me to make one for every holiday now. Hahaha"

Eva Shoe User ID: 6946806 106000
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"Fun to make. Big hit at party."

bubbabear User ID: 6898306 90814
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"Cheesenstein was a hit!"

musich4 User ID: 4846267 173617
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"Made the inside of the cheese ball the day before and it was perfect"

marteldann User ID: 49794 101832
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"I have this for five different parties and it is a big hit. I do add a tablespoon of ranch dip for a little extra zip. I also found that the black gel for the eyebrows and mouth tended to run so I just tinted some of the cream cheese black and used that. If you mix the black food coloring with a little cream cheese in a plastic baggie, there is no mess then just snip a corner off to pipe it on."

winnie321 User ID: 6301916 142062
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"i made this into a mummy for a Halloween themed baby shower loved it the best cheese ball recipe i have ever had"

redmuto User ID: 1556505 175134
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This was great! The visual was just as the picture and it tasted yummy."

dregan User ID: 5243666 90803
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"I made this for our party at work and it was great!It looked fantastic and was tasty. Will definitely do again."

docsimone User ID: 6209648 173616
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"for me"

LAS234 User ID: 4871289 210114
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"This recipe not only looks great, the taste is just as good. This was huge hit at my party. People we afraid to be the first one to eat it. They didn't want to ruin it.

-Lori in PA"

LAS234 User ID: 4871289 158433
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"This recipe's appearance not only looked fantastic it was equally delicious. A huge hit at my party!! Everyone was afraid to be the first one to eat it. They didn't want to ruin it."

especker User ID: 3539883 163637
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"As others have said, this was a big hit! I agree that flavoring the cream cheese would be more tasty. I decided to place the head looking up at the ceiling because he was being transported to the party. I was concerned Cheesenstein would do a face plant in the car! Luckily, he made it safely and was promptly devoured.

Also, I used spray-on color for the green. It was very easy, had no taste, and was very bright."

mary0224 User ID: 5561285 179597
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I made this for a party this year and made a few adjustments:

-I used chopped walnuts instead of bacon.
-Pepperchinis for both eyes and nose.
-Cream cheese for the hair using black food coloring.
-I used black coloring gel found at Michael's Crafts for the eyes, brows and mouth. It has no taste to it and you can just paint it on with a paint brush.
-Plastic bolts were used from a children's toy tool set that I purchased from a toy store.
-Served with Ritz crackers.
It was a huge hit!"

farmwife89 User ID: 2641206 160723
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"This was a big hit at our halloween party. Also such fun to assemble.. Will use it again."

clark37 User ID: 5101795 90788
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"I made this last year and it was a big hit! The flavor is great and its so fun. I'm about to make it again for tonight's party."

Marnelle User ID: 1257580 101830
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"I just served this at our Halloween party to rave reviews. I did take the suggestion to flavor the whipped cream cheese (onion powder). I also used Swiss cheese half moons for the eyes and tinted some of the whipped cheese for mouth and eyebrows. Fun recipe that I will be using again. Thanks!"

bradyel User ID: 4528433 107632
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"Turned out pretty well and made a great impression. I made it two-faced w/ a vegetarian version on one side (used pecans instead of bacon - I actually liked it better than the original). I also cut half-moons from a thick slice of white American cheese for the eyes instead of the parsnip and just used another pepperoncini for the nose. Next time I would:

- season the whipped cream cheese
- use black-colored whipped cream cheese instead of chopped olives for hair (olives were pretty overpowering)
- use more of that black-colored cream cheese to make the uni-brow / scars (the sweet decorator icing tasted weird w/ the savory cheese ball)"

Abbadabba41 User ID: 1176019 107631
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"This is the second year I've made this. It tastes and looks great! I had to start because nobody wanted to mess it up but then it was history!! Excellent!!"

melroger User ID: 3526037 176850
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"very cute idea. I made two and sent one to school and took theother to a costume party. It as a hit all around!"

Show-Me-Chic User ID: 3281288 107623
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"This is too cute!!"

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