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a pumpkin shaped cheese ball covered in everything bagel seasoning and served with crackers

Pumpkin Shaped Everything Bagel Cheese Ball

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This festive pumpkin shaped cheese ball has flavors of white cheddar cheese, smoked bacon and homemade everything bagel seasoning. A fantastic make ahead party appetizer!

  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 servings 1x


  • 32 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup finely shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp white sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1 tsp sea salt or coarse salt
  • 1 bell pepper, any color, stem removed with 1/4″ root


  1. In a mixing bowl or on a large work surface, mix the cream cheese, white cheddar and crumbled bacon until fully combined. Form into a wide circle and wrap loosely with cling wrap.
  2. Cut four 16-18″ strings of kitchen twine and cross in the center, making 8 equal sections.
  3. Place the wrapped cheese ball in the center and tie the strings in knots, pulling in tight to create pumpkin ridges. 
  4. Continue with the remaining strings, smoothing any hard edges with your fingers, and chill at least 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the poppy seeds, white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion and salt. 
  6. Cut the strings on the cheeseball, remove the wrap, and gently indent the center of the top of the pumpkin, creating a slope.
  7. Coat the entire cheeseball in the everything seasoning mix to taste – there may be some left over.
  8. Press the bell pepper stem into the top of the cheeseball and let sit 15 minutes before serving with crackers or bagel crisps.



  • plastic wrap
  • kitchen twine