As far as we're concerned, any party with cheese balls on the appetizer table is already off to a great start. But to really give this classic recipe a boost, we formed these cheese balls to look just like autumn apples. They may not be fresh from the orchard, but these "apples" are ready for an unforgettable fall celebration!

By Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm
Updated March 20, 2019

Autumn-Ready Cheese Balls

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Cheese balls are a classic appetizer for any season, but we gave this creamy recipe a distinctly autumn twist by shaping them to look like fresh fall apples. Polish off your best serving platter and grab your favorite pita chips, crackers, and other dippers, because these cheese balls are worth savoring every bite.

Start with Your Favorite Cheese Ball Recipe

Presentation is important, but it's really all about the cheese. Before you start decorating your fall cheese balls, make sure you have a showstopping recipe to use as a base. We love these bacon cheddar cheese balls (you can never go wrong with bacon), but there are dozens of options to choose from. Try one of our favorites, or create your own flavor combo!

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Form Fall Apples

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Once you've made and cooled your cheese ball mixture, shape each ball into an apple shape. Don't worry about making any of them perfectly smooth or round—no apple is perfect! Then use one finger to make an indent in the top of each cheese ball, where you will later insert the stem. Roll each cheese ball through the desired topping until coated.

Choose a Cheese Ball Topping

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Of course you want your topping to complement the flavor of the cheese ball itself, but there are a few different toppings you can use to make your apple-shape cheese balls look even more realistic. To make a red apple, try using paprika for the outer coating. Finely shredded cheddar cheese can make a convincing yellow apple, while chopped pistachio nuts will give the appearance of a light green apple. Experiment with your own topping combinations to make truly unique apple-esque appetizers!

Add a Stem

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Once your cheese balls are coated, insert a real or fake twig with leaves into the indentation on top of the cheese ball. You can also use a cinnamon stick for a stem to give your fall cheese balls even more autumn flair.

Grab Your Dippers and Serve!

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Whether you reach for crackers, veggies, or fruit is entirely up to you—no matter what you serve with these gorgeous cheese balls, your guests won't be able to resist the temptation!

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