Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping

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Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping

 Yields:  18 mini cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

Crust

10 graham crackers sheets, finely crushed (1 1/3 cups)

2 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Streusel

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup quick oats

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling

2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 lb granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped*

2 tsp lemon juice

Topping

Salted caramel sauce, homemade (recipe here) or store bought

Directions

  • For the crust:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in butter and using a fork, stir until evenly moistened. Divide mixture among 18 paper lined muffin cups, adding a rounded tablespoon to each cup. Press into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 5 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • For the streusel:
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, quick oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Add cold butter and using fingertips, rub butter into dry mixture until it comes together it small crumbles and pieces of butter are no longer visible. Transfer to refrigerator while preparing apples and filling.
  • For the filling:
  • In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on medium-low speed, cream together cream cheese with sugar just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, then blend in sour cream and vanilla.

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  • To assemble cheesecakes:
  • Divide cheesecake batter evenly among 18 muffin cups pouring filing over crust (I used a 1/4 cup and filled it about 3/4 full). Divide apples evenly over cheesecake layer, then finish by sprinkling a heaping tablespoon of the streusel over tops. Bake in preheated oven 23 – 25 minutes. Cool at room temperature 30 minutes, then transfer to fridge and chill 3 hours. Serve with caramel sauce.
  • *This is about 3 small granny smith apples. I recommend chopping very small so they can cook all the way through, almost mincing them (even smaller than that pictured because mine weren’t quite tender all the way through).

source : cookingclassy

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