Friday, September 27, 2013

Southwestern Cheese Ball Spiders-Individual Servings or Party Size

I love these spider leg cupcake holders and wanted to do something different with them... When I saw a Poppy Seed Covered Cheese Ball in the Williams-Sonoma catalog I thought it would make a cool spider! Wa-La, a frightfully fun Halloween snack:@)
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Just roll a small ball for the head and a ball big enough to fill the bowl for the body.
This was a wet and sticky mix folks.

After Googling cheese ball recipes I found this large spider on Land O and decided to use their southwestern flavors. Half of the recipe would easily make two smaller spiders.
Picture belongs to Land O Lakes
Have some leftovers? I'm thinking it would be great on bagels or a burger!

Southwestern Cheese Ball-from Land O Lakes-stop by for a video on how to make it
1/2  C thick and chunky salsa
1/4 C green onions, sliced-I didn't have them and used some sweet onion
2 Tblsp butter, softened
6 oz (1 1 /2 C) cheddar cheese, shredded
8oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp garlic, minced-I used 1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp hot sauce, if desired
couple shakes of cumin-optional-my addition
Coating: 3 Tblsp poppy seeds
Decorations: pretzels for legs and olives for eyes
Serve with: crackers, tortilla chips, pretzels, veggies
  1. Mix everything except poppy seeds and decorations. (I suggest mixing everything except the salsa, then just fold the salsa in.) Chill one hour.
  2. Form head and body (reserve 2 Tblsp if making the big spider), roll in poppy seeds. Place on platter (or in bowls). Add eyes and chill for at least 4 hours.
  3. Right before serving add the pretzel legs.


  1. Very cute idea for Halloween, Lynn! Have a great weekend. xo

  2. I'm giving you an A+ on this one!! Have a delicious weekend.


  3. How cute for halloween. you're always thinking!

  4. I MUST make one of these for our annual Halloween party! Fantastic ideas.

  5. Boy, you are all about the spiders this year! Everytime I come by I just want to stuff my face with your food!

  6. That looks tasty.
    Merle....... ......... ........

  7. So clever! This is the season for spiders! We can't walk the dog around the yard without chopping through gigantic spiderwebs. Massive spiderwebs! And I am the ONLY one in the house who isn't afraid of spiders. :)

  8. That is just perfect for this time of year! Looks good.

  9. Hi Lynn, your spiders are looking good enough to eat but what a shame to ruin the design. Smile. They sound delicious and "Just give me a cracker" HA!

    Happy days back to you.
    xo, Jeanne

  10. Love it, wonder if I could make a dessert one with mini chocolate chips?

  11. Hi Lynn, you scared me. LOL They loo so great for halloween. Thanks for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. How cute. I will have to pass this along to my SIL. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and she will love this spider.

  13. Lynn, Spooky Fun! I saw that poppy covered cheese ball in the WS catalog too and what a fun use for your cupcake holders! It would be great on a burger :)

  14. What a cute idea, Lynn! The cheeseball sounds amazing, too!

  15. What a cute idea, Lynn! The cheeseball sounds amazing, too!

  16. Mmmm recipe sounds great and the presentation is delightful! Perfect for a Halloween dinner I'm hosting for one daughter, her husband and two other couples. I was looking for cute appetizers. Thanks!

  17. OMG I would eat a poppy seed covered ANYTHING. Arachnids not excluded.

  18. What a great idea! I have some of those spidery legs too. :)

  19. Lovin' this....we love cheeseballs and this one is so FUN. :))

  20. Leave it to you to find new and creative food ideas!

  21. Oh my gosh! Is this ever the cutest cheeseball?! Thanks for inspiring me to make this fun spider.

  22. This is too cute and I bet it's delicious! Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  23. Perfect Halloween treat. Sounds like a fiesta spider!
    We would love to have you share with us at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. Your recipes and ideas would be a hit with our crowd. It would be our honor to have you join us!


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