Fall “Apple” Cheese Balls

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These apple-shaped cheeseballs make the perfect fall cheeseball recipe for entertaining. With two flavor variations, there’s something everyone will love.

Last year around this time I created one of my favorite posts. However, it was for my friends over at BHG. (Shout out to Eddie Ross for originating this super chic idea!) And while it got a mention here on IBC, I never really shared the recipes from it. To remedy the situation, I thought we’d have a Throwback Thursday here on the blog.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

The recipes I want to tell you about are for these adorable and delicious fall cheese balls. What makes them extra special (beyond the fact that they are balls of cheese you can eat) is that they are designed to look like apples.

You can find one recipe below and the second recipe HERE.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

This fabulously simple idea will take your fall entertaining to the next level. Trust me. Your guests will be impressed.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

I’m going to share a few variations of these cheese balls, but feel free to get creative with your ingredients and toppings. The one thing I do recommend is using freshly shredded cheese. As much as I love the convenience of the packaged variety, you can’t beat the flavor and texture of freshly shredded.

If you liked this cheeseball recipe, you’ll love these too:

You can find the recipe for this bright red white cheddar cheese ball below.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com
Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

Simple, right? A small tweak makes a boring cheese ball something really special.

Next, let’s talk about making two other “apples.” The recipe for these cheese balls is pretty much the same as the previous one; the outside coating is the main difference.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

One of the “apples” is rolled in finely crushed pistachios; the other is coated with finely crush walnuts and finely chopped bacon. I have created a separate post for that recipe. You can find it by clicking HERE.

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com
Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

Simple, elegant, and absolutely delicious. How can you go wrong with a ball of cheese?

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

Serve these up with some crackers, toasted bread, or veggies and you’ll be ready to party. Oh, and don’t forget the wine (and an invitation for me).

Fall "Apple" Cheese Balls | inspiredbycharm.com

Happy Fall Entertaining!

Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball shaped like apples.

White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Make this delicious White Cheddar Cheese Ball that looks just like a real apple.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, cheese ball
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 216kcal


  • 8 ounces white cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • plus addition paprika for dusting
  • Cutting from a small branch


  • Using a hand mixer, combine the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic power and ground red pepper in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Then shape the cheese mixture into a ball. No need to be perfect here as apples aren’t uniformly shaped. Make an indentation in the ball with your thumb to resemble the top of an apple. Chill ball for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the refrigerator and coat the cheese ball heavily with paprika. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Insert a branch with leaves to create an “apple stem.”


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 680IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Hey Michael! I love this idea. I am obsessed with goat cheese so I am thinking of making an extra one using that. Any suggestions of what it could pair well with?

    Hopefully when we are back over the holidays, we can all grab a drink together!


  2. I made these for a neighborhood party last weekend and they were a huge hit!! People were afraid to cut into them because they were so pretty – so I had my husband get each one started 🙂

  3. Michael, Just what can’t you do? You totally deserve / need your own show: entertaining, food, design–I’d be your #1 fan. Let me know if you’d like me to start a petition. Seriously.

  4. I cannot take how precious these are!! I’m for sure going to share this and make them ASAP! As always thank you for the most delightful of ideas ever!!!! xoxoxo

  5. I can’t with the cuteness of a boring CHEESE BALL into an APPLE! I never eat cheese balls and these make me want to make a mad dash for the grocery store and throw a party just to make these apple cheese balls. The stem is the cherry on my milkshake for sure.