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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Michelle J. Zimmerman User ID: 1351552 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!"

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 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."

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sewinglouise User ID: 2651669 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"

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mecorky89 User ID: 6266995 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."

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celeryroot User ID: 6105566 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."

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Ponygirl1014 User ID: 1584755 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."

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jbsebas User ID: 3296968 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."

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MariahL User ID: 6035998 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."

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JeannineMarie User ID: 663271 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!"

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JeannineMarie User ID: 663271 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."

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