Perfect Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

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Cheesecake is the ultimate comfort food, but a big slice can be too rich. These bite-sized cheesecakes topped with apples and creamy caramel dazzle the senses. Simple, quick, delicious — I made a half recipe for the three of us, and all six mini cheesecakes were devoured within a few minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

CHEESECAKE:

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten

TOPPING:

  • 1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping

 

Directions:

1Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

 

2In a small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; stir in melted butter. Spoon 1 rounded tablespoon crumb mixture into each muffin cup; press down with a narrow glass or spoon.

3In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crusts.

 

4Bake until centers are set, 15-18 minutes (do not overbake). Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes.

 

5Right before serving, in a small skillet, cook and stir apple with butter, sugar, cinnamon and cloves over medium heat until tender, 4-5 minutes; stir in caramel topping. Spoon over cheesecakes.

6Refrigerate leftovers.

 

Nutrition :

1 cheesecake with about 1 tablespoon topping: 307 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

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