Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


3 cups

Updated: Nov. 06, 2023
No one will guess that this make-ahead pumpkin cheese ball has pumpkin in it, but that subtle ingredient lends harvest color and added nutrition. —Linnea Rein, Topeka, Kansas


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (2-1/2 ounces) dried beef, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • Green pepper stem
  • Crackers or assorted fresh vegetables


  1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin and pineapple. Stir in cheddar cheese, beef and onion. Shape into a ball; wrap in plastic. Wrap cheeseball in 4 pieces of string or 4 rubber bands, creating indentions to resemble a pumpkin. Chill 1 hour. Carefully unwrap cheese ball and set it on a platter. Remove stem from the green pepper; add to cheese ball to serve as a pumpkin stem. Slice remaining pepper. Serve with crackers, sliced pepper and assorted vegetables.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 85 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.