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Cheddar Pumpkin Appetizers

Anyone want some cheesy pumpkins?

Need the perfect appetizer to serve at your Halloween or Thanksgiving party? Try this cheese ball recipe in the shape of pumpkins with pretzels and parsley leaves acting as stems and leaves. 

Recipe courtesy of Betty Crocker  

Ready in
30 m
15 m
(prepare time)
15 m
(cook time)
Calories Per Serving


  • 8 Tablespoons smoked Cheddar cold pack cheese food (from 8-oz container), well chilled
  • 2 Teaspoons finely chopped peanuts
  • 4 butter-flavored pretzel spindles or sticks, broken in half
  • 16 tiny pieces fresh parsley leaves


Line small serving plate with waxed paper.

Roll each level tablespoon cold pack cheese food into a ball; place on a waxed paper-lined serving plate.

Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes for easier handling.

With the end of a toothpick, draw ridges around balls to resemble pumpkins.

Dip bottoms of cheese balls in chopped peanuts.

Just before serving, insert pretzel halves into cheese balls for pumpkin stems.

Decorate with parsley for leaves.

Store in refrigerator.