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Pretty Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Pretty Pumpkin Cheese Ball

This impressive, yet easy-to-make, pumpkin-shaped cheddar cheese ball will make the perfect addition to your Halloween or fall charcuterie board.  Serve with RITZ Crackers for the perfect appetizer.

Prep time20 min
Total time1hr 20min
ServingsMakes 24 servings, 2 Tbsp. cheese spread and 5 crackers each.
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) finely shredded reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 pkg. (1.4 oz.) dry vegetable soup mix
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions, divided
  • 2 slices (0.75 oz. each) Colby Jack cheese
  • RITZ Crackers
  • Mix Neufchatel, cheddar, soup mix, mayonnaise and mustard until blended; spoon onto large sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap plastic wrap around cheese mixture while shaping cheese mixture into ball.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Unwrap cheese ball; place on plate, smoothing surface and reshaping cheese ball if necessary. Use wooden spoon handle to press several vertical indents into surface of cheese ball to resemble a pumpkin.
  • Cut green parts of 2 onions into thin strips; press into indentations in cheese ball. Cut piece off top of remaining onion; press into top of pumpkin for the stem.
  • Use small cookie cutter to cut leaf shapes from Colby Jack cheese slices. Place around pumpkin stem and on plate around cheese ball.
  • Serve with crackers.
Recipe Tips
  • Size Wise
    Enjoy eating appetizers at a social occasion but be mindful of portion size so you don’t overdo it on calories.
  • Variation
    Prepare using cheddar cheese slices, or 1 slice EACH cheddar and Colby Jack cheese.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 12g 
   Saturated fat 5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 420mg 
Carbohydrate 12g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 6g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium15 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV

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