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Pumpkin cheese balls

November 17, 2010

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.” -Linus from Charlie Brown

Another pumpkin recipe! Okay, I’m just kidding.. These are actually cream cheese balls impersonating pumpkins. Serve them with crackers or tortilla chips. I am loving chips from Food Should Taste Good. Stay tune for the review.

Pumpkin cheese balls.

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne
1 stalk green onion
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
paprika, for dusting

  • Finely mince the white part of the green onion. Save the green ends for garnish.
  • Beat cream cheese, garlic powder, and cayenne. (I find it easier to beat cream cheese when it’s slightly warm)
  • Stir in minced green onion and cheddar cheese.
  • Refrigerate for an hour or until firm.
  • Roll into 1 inch balls and coat with paprika. Make indents with a knife on the sides to create a pumpkin shape.
  • Cut the green onion into pumpkin stem lengths and stick it into the top of each cheese ball.
  • If you are making the cheese balls ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap or else they will dry out.


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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