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Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Ball

Jack-O'-Lantern Cheese Ball

Jack-O'-Lantern Cheese Ball

A touch of pumpkin and spices lend a delightful flavor to this distinctive cheese ball.


Makes 16 to 18 servings


2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup solid-pack pumpkin
1/4 cup pineapple preserves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pretzel rod, broken in half
Dark rye bread, red bell pepper, black olive slices and fresh parsley
Assorted crackers


  1. Beat cheeses, pumpkin, preserves and spices in medium bowl until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until cheese is firm enough to shape.
  2. Shape mixture into round pumpkin; place on serving plate. Using knife, score vertical lines down pumpkin. Place pretzel rod in top for stem.
  3. Cut bread into triangles for eyes. Decorate pumpkin, using bread, pepper, olives and parsley.
  4. Cover loosely; refrigerate until serving time. Serve with crackers.

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