Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
16 servings

Shape the Cheddar and cream cheese mixture into the shape of a small pumpkin and add a broccoli stem to serve as the stem. Serve with fresh apple wedges for an autumn appetzier.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients in a bowl until blended. Cover and chill 4 hours or until mixture is firm enough to be shaped.

Step 2

Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth entire outer surface with a frosting spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips.

Step 3

Cut florets from broccoli stalk, and reserve for another use. Cut stalk to resemble a pumpkin stem, and press into top of cheese ball. Serve cheese ball with apple wedges.

Step 4

Note: To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap without stalk, and store in refrigerator up to 2 days. Attach stalk before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

Mimi's review

October 10, 2015
This is always the hit of the party and my most requested recipe.  I love that it's so easy and good!

edj119's Review

November 01, 2014

emery78's Review

October 01, 2012

brandycgarth's Review

February 14, 2012
Remarkable! I made it for my mom and she loved it thanks! She also admired the recipes that I’ve got from and That I’ve made for her these sites are certainly amazing!

beanfrisco's Review

October 30, 2011
This cheese ball was amazing, everyone loved it and the kids especially loved the pumpkin shape. I recommend making this for any halloween or Thanksgiving party.

PeggyMM's Review

October 26, 2011
I've made this for three parties and gotten rave reviews from people at all three. A nice, slightly spicy cheese to serve with a hearty cracker. The cheese ball is dense when it's fresh from the fridge (like chilled cream cheese), so let it sit a room temperature to soften a bit (at least 20-30 minutes?) before serving and have a spreader handy. You won't be able to just dip an apple slice into the ball to get a serving of cheese.

lillieofthevaly's Review

October 24, 2009
I thought this recipe was pretty good. It was easy to mold into a pumpkin shape and tasted pretty good. It wasnt "gooey" enough though- it didnt spread well or stick to crackers or veggies well. Maybe that was part of the design so that it would mold into a pumpkin? I served it with crackers, cucumbers, and celery. I used a piece of celery to make the stalk instead of broccoli and it turned out well.