Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkin Patch Cheese Ball

I got this recipe off of the Southern Living web-site, they have great recipe's on their site, you should go check them out!

Now how cute are these for fall or Halloween!! I think I will eat them all!

This is what you will need:
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops red liquid food coloring
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 (6-ounce) garlic cheese roll
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar pimiento-stuffed olives, drained
How to make them:
  1. Bake pine nuts in a shallow pan at 350°, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until toasted; cool.
  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.
  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.
  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.


  1. I'm trying this recipe, and I can't get it to form into a ball. I didn't use food coloring. I just used cheddar cheese (as I couldn't find a garlic cheese roll), flour, and the ground red pepper. What can I use as a binding agent? It's just too dry. I've put it in the refrigerator, but I can't proceed until I can get it to stick.

  2. Sorry it hear your having trouble with this, you could try adding cream cheese or goat cheese.