Quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or party. 

Quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or party. This is no ordinary cheese ball, folks. The unexpected flavors of sweet and salty in every bite of this Caramel Apple Cheese Ball had everyone at our family Thanksgiving party raving about it. I know it’s too late to make this for Thanksgiving this year, but if you have a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve party at work or are having friends over for a holiday season get-together, you MUST make this cheese ball! I also have a holiday giveaway to tell you about in this post, so make sure you enter before time runs out!

Quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or office party. 

I like to call this an appetizer, but I could seriously make this bad boy my entire meal. The texture of the apples throughout the cheese ball make it extra special. I used an Envy apple in this recipe. Envy has emerged as the apple with everything: beautiful skin, sweet flavor, amazing crunch, and a bright, tender flesh that remains white, even after being cut open. Normally I have to work so quickly when dealing with sliced up apples for fear of them turning brown in no time at all. This didn’t happen when making my Caramel Apple Cheese Ball! Aside from all of that, the red color of their apples is so vibrant and beautiful!

Quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR holiday/fall dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or party. 

Envy has a handpicked team of talented, caring growers who simply fell in love after one bite and have planted trees in prime growing regions. Their growing regions include Washington state, the northeast coast of New Zealand, and Chile where they bask in long, sundrenched days and crisp, cool evenings. Having multiple regions where they are grown minimizes transportation costs, increases availability to be almost year-round, and increases freshness, quality and shelf life. All of this is what produces the amazing texture and flavor of their apples! Best of all – they store well and are GMO free.

Quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR fall dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or New Year's Eve party. 

You can enjoy Envy apples in this Caramel Apple Cheese Ball (which I highly recommend), or simply sliced up on top of a salad, served on a platter with an assortment of cheese or eaten plain for a quick, filling, nutritious snack. You will also love my Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball which you should totally check out. That cheese ball is another favorite of mine. I also have a recipe for Fresh Apple Pie Dip that you can use up some of those apples in.

This Caramel Apple Cheese Ball is extremely addictive. Have you tried my Snickers Caramel Apple Dip? This is even more addictive than that. You have been warned!

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Caramel Apple Cheese Ball
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10
 
This quick and easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or party.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¾ green or red apple diced (I used a red Envy apple)
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce plus extra for drizzling
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Crackers for serving
Instructions
  1. Toast walnuts in the oven or in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat just until browning starts, stirring often; about 5 minutes. Do not let them get too dark.
  2. Remove and let them cool completely. Chop or crush walnut into small pieces using a rolling pin (or anything else you have on hand).
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together softened cream cheese and cheddar cheese until well incorporated.
  4. Mix in diced apple, nutmeg and caramel until ingredients are evenly incorporated. Use hands to roll into a ball shape.
  5. Spread walnut pieces on a plate or cutting board, and roll cheese ball to evenly coat the outside. Drizzle top with extra caramel sauce and serve with crackers. Enjoy!

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Quick & easy Caramel Apple Cheese Ball recipe works for a holiday appetizer idea, snack OR holiday dessert! This sweet and salty treat would be perfect for a potluck or party. Recipe source: adapted from platingpixels.com