Sweet & Savory Mini Apple Cheesecakes Recipe

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Be prepared for a delightful surprise--the blue cheese in this dessert adds a touch of savory flavor that complements the sweetness of the apples. It’s always a big hit.—Jamie Jones, Madison Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 375°. In a small bowl, mix oats, walnuts and brown sugar; stir in butter. Divide mixture among eight paper-lined muffin cups; press onto bottoms to form a crust. Bake 7-9 minutes or until light brown. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 325°.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended. Fold in blue cheese. Pour over crusts.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes or until centers are almost set. Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate overnight, covering after cheesecakes are completely cooled.
  4. In a large skillet, combine brown sugar, cream, butter and salt; bring to a boil. Add apples; return to a boil. Cook 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely.
  5. To serve, remove liners from cheesecakes. Top cheesecakes with apple mixture; sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 5-10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Or, spread in a dry nonstick skillet and heat over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Originally published as Sweet & Savory Mini Apple Cheesecakes in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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