Pumpkin Cheese Ball

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this every year at my annual Halloweentown/Hocus Pocus watch party I do with my girlfriends. I’ve been making this recipe since I was a teenager and yet somehow it’s never made it on The Rose Table until now! Probably because I usually make it Halloween weekend and no one cares about Halloween recipes in November. Thankfully, I decided to make it early this year as a cocktail hour snack at Disney Dinners: Cinderella!

Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

This cheese ball is easy to make and it’s the perfect party recipe because you can make it days in advance. Gotta love make-ahead recipes! I love this served with apples, celery, and crackers.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

I highly recommend taking the time to grate your own cheese. Don’t buy the pre-grated kind. It won’t be as creamy and it won’t blend as nicely. Be sure to pull the cream cheese out of the fridge a couple of hours before you make this so that it’s room temperature. Cold cream cheese doesn’t blend nicely.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes
Ready for the fridge!

To get the fun pumpkin grooves, just tie a few strands of kitchen twine tightly around the cheese ball after you’ve wrapped it in plastic wrap. Then add a broccoli stalk and you’ve got yourself a little pumpkin-shaped cheese ball!

Watch me make it:

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

Pumpkin Cheese Ball
2 8-oz blocks extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 8-oz package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 8-oz container chive and onion cream cheese
2 tsp paprika
Broccoli stalk
For serving: crackers, apple slices, celery

  1. Grate cheddar cheese. Combine with cream cheese, chive and onion cream cheese, and paprika until well blended.
  2. Form a ball and place the cheese ball on plastic wrap. Wrap the cheese ball, then, if desired, squish it down a bit to make it look more like a fairytale pumpkin. Tie a three pieces of kitchen twine around the cheeseball to form pumpkin ridges, then refrigerate for at least four hours. This can be made several days ahead of time!
  3. To serve, unwrap the cheese ball, then top with a broccoli stalk “stem”. Delicious served with crackers, apple slices, and celery.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes
How cute are these carriage napkins I found?!

Read more about Disney Dinners: Cinderella here. Peruse more Halloween recipes here. Watch the episode:

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball | Halloween Appetizer | Cinderella Recipes

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