Cheese Ball Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Bites

This Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe will be the hit of any Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving party. It just requires a few ingredients and will be enjoyed by all

I’m going to keep this short and sweet and full of bites and delights with my Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe!

How adorable is it?? And have no fear – I have a Thanksgiving version coming to a computer near you. I suppose a Christmas version is also in order, now that I think about it. A cheese ball recipe for all holidays and seasons! Can’t you just see it?

I can.

Cheese Ball Recipe with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crackers, celery, parsley

Going into the colder months is no easy feat. We have to have something that tethers us, don’t you think? For some, it’s hunkering down at home with football games or knitting. Or both. You never know. Neither float my boat, but I’m all about pellet stoves, snuggles, soup, and books. I love long walks into the bath and the smell of wood burning smoke. Even though, Scarlet, when I was pregnant with you I hated that smell. (She doesn’t read my blog so I’m talking aloud to myself) The thing is, I have mountains to climb and mountains of photos to edit. We’re going away for a romantic weekend in NYC and I’m shuffling all the logistical kid and pet details. And I’m eating mini pumpkin cheese balls, because really how could you not?

If eating this cheese ball recipe is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Mini Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe

What You Need:

7.5 oz Garlic & Herb Cream Cheese
1 Cup Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese
15-17 RITZ Crackers
Cheez-It Crackers (finely crushed)
Celery
Parsley

Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crackers, celery, parsley

What You Do:

1 – In a medium size bowl, mix the cream cheese and the shredded cheese

2 – Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop about 1 Tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball

3 – Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet

4 – Place in fridge for about 10-15 minutes to firm them up just a bit

5 – Take the finely crushed Cheez-Its and place in a bowl

6 – Add one cheese ball and roll around in the mixture until well coated

7 – Cut up the celery into skinny ½ inch pieces and place one stalk into a cheese ball

8 – Add a piece of parsley if you wish

9 – Place onto RITZ Cracker “platforms”.

10 – Enjoy!

Loving the fall recipes? I also make Pumpkin Apple Muffins!

So, what’s your favorite thing to hunker down with in the colder months?

This Pumpkin Cheese Ball Recipe will be the hit of any Halloween, Fall and Thanksgiving party. It just requires a few ingredients and will be enjoyed by all

Gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

Guys, when in doubt make cupcakes. Specifically today it’s Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes.

It’s safe to say that the foliage is going OFF around here. We were in DC for the weekend for a whirlwind trip and I didn’t see even a hint of it down there. That’s all good, though, because it means they have much to look forward to still seeing.

And you know what? So do we.

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

So much to say about the weekend and how fun it is to travel with my family of four and see long lost family, but I’ll get to that in time. For one cool thing, we had a family photo done by a professional photographer! It was sort of accidental since we just wanted her to take a phone photo that I could send to my parents. We flagged her down and she was wearing her real camera around her neck, and the rest was history. I don’t know HOW on earth my kids posed this perfectly so quickly?

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

More on that soon! For now, it’s Gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes!

vanilla cupcakes

Gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes:

What You Need:

One dozen vanilla cupcakes
3 oz. yellow fondant
3 oz. red fondant
Cornstarch for rolling
Maple-leaf cookie cutter
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3-4 tbsp milk
Yellow gel food coloring

Yields: 12 decorated cupcakes

ingredients for vanilla cupcakes

What You Do:

1 – Ensure that your cupcakes are completely cool before decorating

2 – Line a baking sheet with wax paper and fold both fondant colors with one another, creating a “marbled” look

3 – Lightly dust a clean working surface with cornstarch and roll out your marbled fondant, until it is about ¼ of an inch thick

4 – Using your cookie cutter, cut out 12 maple leaf shapes and place each shape on your lined baking sheet

5 – Using a paring knife, score lines on random areas of each leaf, to give them some texture – fold each leaf slightly

6 – Using an electric mixture, beat butter, sugar and milk on slow speed

7 – Gradually increase to high and add yellow gel food coloring – the buttercream is ready once the ingredients are smooth and form semi-stiff peaks

8 – Using a piping bag, frost each cupcake and top with a maple leaf fondant piece

fondant for autumn vanilla cupcakes

fondant for autumn vanilla cupcakes

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.

How was your weekend?

What's the only better than vanilla cupcakes? And that's gorgeous Autumn Vanilla Cupcakes! Easily made and so delicious, these are meant for fall potlucks.