Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: ‘Pumpkin’ Cheese Puffs

“Pumpkin” Cheese Puffs – a great appetizer for your holiday gathering!

“Pumpkin” Cheese Puffs


2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 drops yellow paste food coloring
1 drop red paste food coloring
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
2 eggs


~Preheat oven at 400°.

~In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for pumpkin stems.

~In a large saucepan, bring the water, butter, and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes.

~In a small bowl, combine the yellow and red food coloring. Stir Romano cheese and food coloring into dough. Add eggs, one at a time; beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny.

~Drop by level tablespoonfuls 3 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Using a star tip and reserved cream cheese mixture, pipe stems onto puffs.

~Refrigerate leftovers.

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