Mini Cheeseball Pumpkins with Caramelized Garlic


These look great on any Thanksgiving or Halloween table! Very fancy looking, but so easy to make. (Prep time includes chill time.)

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
2 dozen


  • 2 ½ teaspoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar

  • 2 cups shredded aged Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup chopped green onions

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 cup finely crushed cheese-flavored crackers (such as Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish)

  • 12 pretzel sticks

  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until sizzling, about 30 seconds. Add garlic and sugar. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat. Transfer garlic mixture to a bowl. Add Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onions, and garlic salt. Beat using an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes.

  2. Shape chilled cheese mixture into golf-ball-sized balls. Roll each ball in crushed crackers and slightly flatten the bottom. Press 1/2 a pretzel stick into the top. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture.

  3. Spread parsley out on a serving plate and place mini cheeseball pumpkins on top, leaving enough room in between for parsley to show through.

Cook's Note:

When decorating, rip off tiny leaves of parsley and place under the pretzel sticks on top of the balls, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
9g Fat
19g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 631mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 50mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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