Cheese Straw Cracker Pumpkins (Five Ingredient Friday)

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Cheese Straw Pumpkins

Today’s Five Ingredient Friday is a seasonal remake of a traditional Southern favourite, the Cheddar Cheese Straw.  Using Cheddar cheese and pumpkin seeds (instead of the more traditional pecan), the plain ol’ cheese “straw” is transformed into a Autumnal cracker in the shape of a pumpkin, perfect for Halloween and Fall entertaining. 

It seems like most of the Halloween treats I see are sweet; while that’s great, since Halloween seems to be all about the candy, I crave salty far more. Living in The South, where Cheddar Cheese Straws are a “must have” for any holiday entertaining, I couldn’t resist transforming this simple recipe into something that would bring some salty fun to Halloween and beyond.

The great thing about the pumpkin shape is that this snack will work all the way past Halloween and be a great addition to pre-feast snacking at Thanksgiving, too!

With a mixer or a food processor, this simple five ingredient recipe is ready in a snap! The five ingredients are:

        • Butter
        • Cheddar Cheese
        • Flour
        • Cayenne pepper
        • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Another great thing about this transformation is you don’t have to be “perfect” about forming your pumpkins. Every pumpkin in the pumpkin patch is unique, so it’s fine for all of your crackers to have their own little personality!

I rolled the dough into logs, just like in this recipe for Cheddar Roquefort Rosemary Snaps. I eliminated the refrigeration time from the snaps above, since they were easier to form when soft.  I made the dough, formed it into a log and sliced them; then I just squished them into a pumpkin shape and flattened them with my fingers. Using a toothpick, I scored ridges into the dough to resemble the ridges on a pumpkin. I reserved one slice of the dough to form little stems and pressed them into the pumpkin shaped crackers.  After 15-17 minutes in the oven, you’ve got the cutest, cheesiest, zesty pumpkin crackers. This recipe made 24 crackers.

I hope you’ll try them for your Fall festivities!


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Cheese Straw Cracker Pumpkins (Five Ingredient Friday)
An Autumnal twist on a traditional Southern snack, the cheddar cheese straw. These crackers are formed into a pumpkin shape and baked for the perfect, cheesy, fall snack.
Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: 24
  • 1 stick salted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • 3 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped toasted pumpkin seeds (of course, you could use pecans or whatever nut you like)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor (or with an electric mixer), cream the butter and cheese.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture forms a ball.
  5. Remove the mixture from the processor, divide into half.
  6. Roll each half into a log, about 2½ inches in diameter.
  7. Cut slices about ¼ inch thick and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Using your hands, press the round of dough to shape it with an indent in the top for where the stem will be and flat-ish on the bottom.
  9. Using the dough from one slice, pull off small sections to form stems and press them into the top of the pumpkin shape.
  10. Using a toothpick, press curved grooves into the dough to mimic the ridges of a pumpkin.
  11. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
  12. Cool on a wire rack.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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2 Responses to Cheese Straw Cracker Pumpkins (Five Ingredient Friday)

  1. oh these are adorable! I love cheese straws so much, too!! 🙂

    • P~ says:

      They are just the best combination of cheesy, zippy, buttery goodness. More people should discover the delights of them. 😉 Thanks, Addie! P~

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