Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lydia Purcell
Total Time
15 Mins
Makes 12 appetizer servings

Give a subtle nod to the Halloween classic "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and serve this sharp-cheddar cheese ball with a pepper kick.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth pumpkin's entire surface with metal spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips. Press pretzel into top of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin stem; place muscadine vine and leaf beside pretzel. Serve with crackers and assorted vegetables.

Step 2

*Extra-sharp Cheddar cheese may be substituted.

Step 3

Note: We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar Cheese. To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap, without stem, vine, or leaf, and store in refrigerator up to two days. Attach stem, vine, and leaf before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

sgrustin's Review

October 29, 2013
Highly recommend this recipe! It is delicious. Just make sure if you store it in the refrigerator, take it out in enough time to soften. :-)

Bethany4Brad's Review

June 25, 2010

Hockymom79's Review

November 22, 2009
This was great served at a fall bridal luncheon! Everyone loved the flavor combination.

leslie0380's Review

October 13, 2012

adriver's Review

October 25, 2011
This recipe is so quick and easy! The cheese ball is very tasty, and it looks great! Everyone asked if I used a mold, and my dish received many compliments. This is such an easy way to show off!

javagram's Review

September 25, 2013
This is delicious. The goat cheese adds a wonderful flavor. I took it to a party and everyone loved it. It is easy to make it look just like the picture - very impressive.

ddweaver7's Review

October 22, 2012