Photo: William Dickey
about 3 dozen

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.

Ratings & Reviews

RCurry's Review

October 30, 2009
I made these for my Halloween party tonight. While no guests have arrived yet, my husband LOVES them. I made a slight adjustment and used a block of cheddar cheese instead of the cheese roll. It helps give it a natural orange color and a wonderful cheesy taste. This is a PERFECT recipe!