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Easy Mini Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

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. —Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen

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

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.
  • Bake until centers are set, 15-18 minutes (do not overbake). Cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes.
  • Right 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. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
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.

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