Freaky Frugal Halloween Treats: Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Ball Recipe

Halloween cheeseball


I promise this jack-o-lantern cheese ball recipe will make you the hit of any Halloween celebration!

I was looking for something savory and orange to roll the cheese ball in and finally the light bulb went on: crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos! They are the perfect color for a jack-o-lantern and add a little zip, too. I know they’re not the healthiest thing you can put in your mouth, but really the color is perfect and you’re only using a little bit of crumbs.

Use your favorite cheese ball recipe, or mine below. Don’t forget the jumbo olives cut into triangle eyes and a toothy smile!

Festive Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball

Festive Jack-o-Lantern Cheese Ball Halloween Recipe

— posted by Donna


16 ounces regular or light cream cheese, softened
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (or other favorite cheese), grated
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3 green onions, thinly sliced, tops included
1 cup finely crushed Nacho Cheese Doritos chips
4 jumbo sized black olives
1 small dill pickle

Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, Worcestershire sauce and green onions. Form into a ball and then flatten slightly on top to form a pumpkin shape. Make and indentation on the top where the stem will be placed. Freeze for at least one hour.

Place Dorito crumbs on a plate and roll cheese ball in crumbs. Place on a serving plate.

Cut olive into two triangles for eyes and a jack-o-lantern style mouth.  Stick the eyes and mouth onto cheese ball with toothpicks. Cut pickle in half and place on top, forming a stem.

Serve chilled with crackers, toasted baguette slices or pita crisps.

There are tons of cute Halloween ides out there by other food bloggers, too:
Witches and Wizards Treats
, Farenheit 350
Three Homemade Candy Recipes,The Hungry Mouse
Halloween Dinner Menu, Yum Sugar
Halloween Recipe Treats, My Wooden Spoon
Pumpkin Pie Bites, Bakerella
Mummy Pizzas, Kara’s Kitchen
Fun Halloween Recipes, Picky Palate
Slime Ricky Punch, Yum Sugar

— posted by Donna


  1. Brenna says

    I didn’t even know what a cheese ball was. I thought it was something crunchy you popped in your mouth. My mind has been opened. Thank you. And it’s cute too!

  2. says

    Love ’em! Way to make the jack o’lantern smile, too.

    Two other ideas: If you have a mini-bundt muffin pan, you can mold the pumpkin shapes in there! I did this a few years ago and they came out great. Also, you can try using pretzel nuggets for the ‘stem’.


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