Fruit-Shaped Cheese Balls

Enjoy these fruit shaped cheese ball dip – perfect to serve with crackers.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

4
ounces blue cheese, crumbled (2/3 cup)
1
container (8 ounces) sharp Cheddar cold-pack cheese food
2
packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1
teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Paprika
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
4
drops yellow food color, if desired
1
stick cinnamon
Lemon leaf
Vegetable oil
Brown paper
Crackers, if desired
  • 1 Mix blue cheese, cheese spread, cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce in medium bowl with fork until blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours until chilled.
  • 2 Divide cheese mixture in half. Shape 1 half into a ball on waxed paper. Sprinkle another piece of waxed paper with paprika. Roll cheese ball in paprika, coating completely. Mold into apple shape.
  • 3 Shape other half of cheese mixture into a ball on waxed paper. Shake Parmesan cheese and food color in covered container until cheese is evenly colored. Sprinkle another piece of waxed paper with cheese. Roll cheese ball in Parmesan cheese, coating completely. Mold into pear shape.
  • 4 Make small depression in apple and pear for stem ends. Cut 2 small pieces from cinnamon stick. Insert cinnamon stick pieces for apple and pear stems. Insert lemon leaf in apple. Brush oil over small piece of brown paper; cut into leaf shape. Insert leaf in pear. Serve with crackers.

Expert Tips

Instead of making fruit-shaped cheese balls, make 2 round balls and roll each in 1/3 cup finely chopped nuts.

Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to 2 weeks or in freezer up to 4 weeks. If frozen, unwrap cheese ball about 1 hour before serving and let stand at room temperature to thaw. Or thaw loosely wrapped frozen cheese ball in refrigerator at least 8 hours.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
85
(
Calories from Fat
65),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
300mg
300%;
Total Carbohydrate
1g
1%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.