Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This adorable cheese ball gets its pumpkin-orange coloring from ground-up cheese puffs and the stem is cleverly stolen from a bell pepper.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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3 cups orange cheese puffs

2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature

3 cups shredded Cheddar

1/4 cup chopped chives

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bell pepper with a long stem

Crackers, for serving


  1. Put the cheese puffs in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, Cheddar, chives, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine. Mold the mixture into a ball, pressing the top of the ball with your hand to flatten it. With the tip of a butter knife, carve lines down the sides to resemble a pumpkin. 
  3. Roll the cheese ball in the ground cheese puffs. Remove the entire bell pepper stem with a paring knife and put it on top of the cheeseball as the pumpkin stem. Seed and slice the bell pepper. Serve the cheeseball on a plate with crackers and slices of bell pepper.

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