Yield
about 3 dozen
Photo: William Dickey

How to Make It

Step 1

Bake pine nuts in a shallow pan at 350°, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until toasted; cool.

Step 2

Stir together butter and food colorings in a large bowl. Add flour and red pepper; cut in cheese with a pastry blender until mixture is blended. Shape into a large ball using hands.

Step 3

Press 1 tablespoon mixture around each olive. Using dull side of a paring knife, score cheese balls with vertical lines to resemble pumpkins. Chill 1 hour.

Step 4

Bake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 400° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Place 1 pine nut into each cheese ball to resemble stem. Serve immediately or at room temperature, or freeze up to 1 month.

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