mini pumpkin cheese balls on a platter

Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls

  • Author: Heather Cooan
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x


These little guys are kinda spicy! These mini “pumpkin” cheese balls are a very different Thanksgiving appetizer, your guests will be impressed.



  • 1 Package Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Green Onions
  • Paprika


  • Mix cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne together until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese and chill.
  • Roll the cheese mixture into 1 inch balls and then roll them through paprika to cover. Use a butter knife to make segment indentions like a pumpkin.
  • Cut green onion stems into 1 inch pieces, fold in half length-wise and add it to the pumpkins like a stem.
  • Store in the refridgerator until you are ready to serve.


For a dairy-free version, substitute the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese with Daiya products.

Serve with flax crackers or veggie slices. Some may just munch em all alone!

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Non-Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mini pumpkin cheese balls