4 tablespoons butter, divided
8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
8-12 slices cheddar cheese, white or yellow
2 firm apples, such as Gala, Golden Delicious or Honeycrisp varieties, cored and thinly sliced
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons of butter. Spread the remaining butter on four of the slices of bread.
Lay the remaining slices of unbuttered bread into the skillet and pile them up with 2-3 slices of cheese and a handful of sliced apples each. Cap off each sandwich with a slice of buttered bread, buttered side up. Cook the sammies until golden brown on the bottom, then flip and continue cooking until both sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted, 3-4 minutes per side.
Cut the finished sammies into sticks and serve as dippers with your favorite tomato soup.