2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 ounces)
Cinnamon sticks and fresh sage leaves, if desired
Assorted crackers, if desired
Total time: 2 hr 20 min
1. Beat cream cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce and mustard in large bowl until blended. Mix in Cheddar cheese. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm enough to shape.
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 thoroughly. Mold into apple shape. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture.
3. To garnish, make small depression in stem ends of apples. Cut 2 small pieces from cinnamon stick. Insert cinnamon stick pieces for stems. Insert sage leaves. Serve cheese balls with crackers.