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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat!

Here's a quick and easy "treat" idea for you all.  I made this jack-o-lantern cheese ball for the teachers at my daughter's school.  It was too easy and I thought it turned out pretty cute.  I have no idea what it tasted like.  I just followed the recipe from Kraft foods and send it on its way.  Guess I could have sampled a bit before I shaped it into a ball, but I didn't.  If anyone else tries it, be sure to let me know how it tastes!  Have a great weekend and happy trick-or-treating (or trunk-or-treating if you prefer).  You can click <here> to go to Kraft Foods and look around for more recipes or click on the above photo for the original recipe.

Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball
3 green onions, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped red peppers
2 slices pepperoni

Make It

CUT 4-inch length from green end of 1 onion; slice remaining onions. Beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups Cheddar with mixer until well blended. Stir in sliced onions and peppers. Refrigerate 1 hour.

SHAPE into ball; roll in remaining Cheddar. Cut pepperoni into shapes for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth; press into cheese ball to make face. Insert green onion piece into top for stem.

SERVE with RITZ Crackers.

Eastlyn's tips
I substituted "habanero" shredded cheese for part of the cheddar for a little added pizzazz and rolled the cheese ball in the habanero cheese, too, because it was a little more orange.
I also used yellow bell pepper for the mouth and eyes in place of the pepperoni only because I didn't have pepperoni on hand.
I mixed together the ingredients with my handy silicon spatula vs. an electric mixer and refrigerated the mixture over night.  The next morning it was easy to shape into a ball.  I wrapped the mixture in plastic wrap, shaped it into a ball then rolled the ball in shredded cheese in a bowl.
Bon apetit!


  1. Great idea!, and really cute. I always make a cheese ball for Christmas, I've never thought of it for Halloween...
    Have a great weekend!

  2. This is a cute idea Eastlyn! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

    Mama Hen

  3. It turned out so cute! Well done. It looks good - I'm sure it was very yummy.

  4. Hi Eastlyn, thats really cool!! what an idea!!


  5. Eastlyn, this is really cute! It looks and sounds yummy and it's cute that you haven't tasted it. You've got faith :) I haven't heard of trunk or treating, what is it?

  6. That looks yummy! I have to say, I love cheese! LOL Very cute!

  7. That is toooooo cute! I've been so busy, I'm just now making it to your blog and I so wish I had stopped by sooner. Well, I guess I know what I'll be whipping up next year.

    I'm sure it tasted divine. How can you go wrong with cheese, cheese, and more cheese?

  8. That is such a great idea!! Love the cheese ball! How cute! Looks yummy too! My daughter would love that, she is a total cheese head.

  9. Hey Eastlyn, I just stopped by to say hi! have a great night my friend!

    Mama Hen

  10. What an adorable idea and how sweet of you. Thanks for sharing! Hope your doing okay!

  11. What an adorable Jack'o'lantern cheeseball. It does seem easy, but still, I don't know where you find the time! You're always thinking about making/baking treats for others!