Apple Cheese Ball

Apple Cheese Ball Recipe
Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson


10 to 12 appetizer servings

Recipe from

Southern Living


8 ounces white Cheddar cheese, shredded*
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2-inch cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf


Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Chill 30 minutes.

Shape cheese mixture into a ball, and make an indentation in the top to resemble an apple. Chill ball 30 minutes.

Coat ball heavily with paprika; cover and chill 1 hour.

Insert cinnamon stick and bay leaf into indentation to resemble apple stem and leaf. Serve with assorted crackers.

*We used Cracker Barrel white Cheddar found in the deli section of the grocery store.