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RITZ Pumpkin Patch Mini Cheese Balls

RITZ Pumpkin Patch Mini Cheese Balls

These bite size pumpkin cheese balls are a fun addition to any fall party! Creamy cheddar cheese balls with green onion stems make great party appetizers.

Prep time20 min
Total time20min
ServingsMakes 8 servings, 3 topped crackers each.
  • 36 RITZ Crackers, divided
  • 1 cup finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. light sour cream
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 green onions, each cut into 6 (1-1/2-inch) lengths
  • ½ cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Crush 12 crackers into coarse crumbs; spread onto rimmed baking sheet.  Bake 3 to 5 min. or until lightly toasted; cool completely.
  • Reserve 2 Tbsp. cheddar cheese for later use.  Beat remaining cheddar cheese with cream cheese, sour cream and mustard in medium bowl with mixer until blended.
  • Roll into 24 balls, using about 2 tsp. cheese mixture for each ball.
  • Combine crushed crackers and reserved cheddar cheese in shallow dish. Roll cheese balls, in small batches, in crumb mixture until cheese balls are completely coated with crumb mixture.   
  • Flatten cheese balls slightly to resemble pumpkins.  Insert onion pieces into tops of pumpkins for the stems.
  • Top remaining crackers with lettuce and cheese balls.
Recipe Tips
  • Substitute
    Prepare using your favorite variety of finely shredded cheese, such as Mexican cheese blend.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 11g 
   Saturated fat 4.5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 20mg 
Sodium 290mg 
Carbohydrate 10g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 6g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV
Calcium20 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium2 %DV

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