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Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs Recipe

Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs Recipe

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. YIELD: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.

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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."

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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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