Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Skull shape for Halloween

Halloween is coming so, of course, we need an appetizer! This Pepperoni Cheese Ball works great because, like all cheese balls, you can pick the shape. So go ahead and make a football for a tailgate party, but if you’re having a Halloween party, use your head . . . or skull shape instead.

Ingredients for Pepperoni Cheese Ball

I adapted this recipe from and it’s a crowd pleaser. Almost all cheeseballs start with cream cheese and shredded cheese, but this one adds pepperoni and a packet of Italian dressing seasoning to rev up the flavor. Green olives are an optional add-in. I added some because I already had the olives out for decorative purposes.

The original recipe also calls for rolling the ball in Parmesan cheese. I skipped this, since I wasn’t making an actual ball and I didn’t think the Parmesan was strictly necessary. But, go ahead and try it if you wish. As we say in Wisconsin – MORE CHEESE!

How to make Pepperoni Cheese Ball


This mixture comes together quickly. Simply let the cream cheese soften before you begin, then beat in the dry Italian dressing packet with an electric beater. To this, add the shredded cheese, pepperoni, and olives, if desired.

A note about the pepperoni: I bought the pre-sliced pepperoni, but of course it still needed to be diced smaller. I do not have a full-size food processor but I do have a mini-processor, which handled that pepperoni like a champ! If you’re like me (cheap), and still can’t commit to a big (expensive) food processor, you might want to consider the mini version. Mine has served me well.

Shape and decorate

Now to the decorating: For Halloween, I made this into a skull shape. Many cheeseballs need to be refrigerated before shaping, but this one is ready right way. I used the end of a rolling pin to make hollow eye sockets and halved an olive to make the eyes. The teeth are sliced almonds and the serving knife provides the perfect accent for a straight, steely (and creepy) mouth.

I also played a little with the eyes, leaving the pimento in the olive at first, then removing and finally re-stuffing with a little Kalamata olive. They all look good to me, so pick your favorite and go with it!

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This Pepperoni Cheese Ball is Spook-tacular!

Pepperoni Cheese Ball
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5 from 13 votes

Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Make a spooky shape for Halloween!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40
Calories: 115kcal
Author: Sula


  • 8 oz pepperoni diced
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 cups Italian cheese blended shredded
  • 1 package 0.6 oz Italian dressing mix
  • ¼ cup green olives chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese optional for coating


  • Soften cream cheese at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
  • Place cream cheese and dressing mix in mixing bowl and beat until combined.
  • Add shredded cheese, diced pepperoni and chopped olives (if desired).
  • Form into two cheese balls or logs, or whatever shape is desired.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • If coating in Parmesan cheese is desired, do so after the shape has been refrigerated,


Calories: 115kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.


    14 thoughts on “Pepperoni Cheese Ball

    1. 5 stars
      So much fun, super easy, and guaranteed to disappear at the party. Thanks so much for this fun halloween recipe!

    2. 5 stars
      HAHHH, I LOVE your photo and how creative you made this look! But overall, you absolutely sold me on the pepperoni and the dice to really mix it in well with the cheese. I’m a big fan of cheese so I love that you have 3 different types of cheese in here! YUM. Perfect appetizer for friends!

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