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 this Cheese Ball
I adapted this recipe from sugardale.com 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 this Pepperoni Cheese Ball
This mixture comes together quickly. Simply let the cream cheese soften before you begin, mix all the ingredients together. You'll need to chop up the pepperoni and olives first.
If you do not have a full-sized food processor, a mini-processor will do a great job to chop the pepperoni into smaller pieces. If going this route, simply use an electric hand mixer to combine the chopped pepperoni with the rest of the ingredients.
Once I got a full-sized food processor, it became even easier to make this cheese ball. Chop and mix all in the same container!
Shape and decorate into a Skull Cheese Ball
Now to the decorating: For Halloween, I made this into a skull shape. Many cheeseballs need to be refrigerated before shaping, and it will depend upon how warm your cream cheese is. If it seems very soft, place it in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes to chill it before trying to shape it.
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!
This Halloween Skull Cheese Ball is Spook-tacular!
Pepperoni Skull Cheese Ball
- 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)
- olives and sliced almonds for decorating
- Soften cream cheese at room temperature for at least 20 minutes.
- Chop pepperoni and olives in a food processor.
- Add cream cheese, dressing mix, and shredded cheese. Process well to combine.
- Form into a skull shape and decorate.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
More holiday cheese balls
- Turkey Shaped Cheese Ball for Thanksgiving
- Green Onion Cheese Ball for Christmas
- Football Cheese Ball for game day!
666? Spooky, but fun!
Okay I’m definitely going to need to try this pepperoni skull cheese ball! My husband is going to be OBSESSED, all of his faves in one dish. It sounds pretty tasty to me too 😊
Oh yes its too fun and really yummy!
So fun and festive for Halloween!
Just what Halloween should be!
Such a fun way to fashion a cheese dip! Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome - enjoy!
Perfect for Halloween
It really is!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady
Halloween is a big deal in our house! I love this idea of transforming a cheese ball into a fun Halloween snack. I definitely will be making this on Halloween to enjoy while we watch scary movies!
Oh this is perfect for scary movie night! Enjoy!
What a fun idea! I love that this cheeseball was so easy to make and it was stunning!
Thank you, it really is fun!
Love this. It’s so good and I can’t wait to make it for Halloween
I hope you enjoy it!
I absolutely love this idea for Halloween! I had to try it out first to make sure mine would look as good as your's and it turned out great. It's so easy to pull together and I know this is going to be the hit at the party.
Everyone will love it! Thanks for trying out my recipe!
So fun for Halloween. Great mix of flavors too!
Cheese and pepperoni, how could you go wrong! Perfect for a spooktacular party 💀
Guaranteed to be a hit!
Haha that is brilliant. I make a cheese log but would never have thought of this. The kids will love it!
Popular with kids of all ages!
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!
Yes it really works, no matter what shape you choose to make!
So much fun, super easy, and guaranteed to disappear at the party. Thanks so much for this fun halloween recipe!
I think its just the right appetizer for any Halloween get-together!
This is perfectly spooky! My kids are going to love it!
Will be bringing this to our next appetizer potluck at school!
Its perfect for a potluck!
This is scary good!