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FALL BAKING IS HERE! Start the season with these simple and divine Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes!
If you frequent The Cookie Rookie at all, you know I’m not a baker. A lot of people think that “Cookie Rookie” means I make a lot of cookies, but really, it means I’m a rookie in the kitchen. I started this blog a few years ago to document my journey to LEARN how to cook…and well…the rest is history. I’ve gotten to know my way around my kitchen pretty well, but one area that’s still lacking is baking. It’s a more precise art, and I’m still learning! Fall makes me want to try…and so these Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes were born! If I made them, you know they must be easy! Aren’t they so cute?? I was given a little nudge to try my hand at Autumn Baking when I saw Food.com and The Food Network talking about a super exciting contest with KitchenAid! KitchenAid is a staple in our house, and I’m sure my of you other cooking enthusiasts are the same! They recently launched a suite of BLACK STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES and I might die. It’s SO beautiful. Can you imagine how beautiful that would be in our kitchens?? KitchenAid is teaming up with Food.com and The Food Network to put on the #KitchenAidContest, and someone is going to win an entire set of the Black Stainless Steel appliances. I KNOW. Please make me proud and win this! Then I can come over and be jealous.
Here’s how it works. You make a recipe (ANY recipe, but be creative!) using apples. Upload the photo and share via Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #KitchenAidContest, and your recipe could be chosen. 4 recipes will be chosen to be flown to NYC for a cookoff of your dishes, judged by Food Network Chef GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN and then one will be chosen to win all the stainless. Can you imagine? Really?? Getting cooking!!!! You can find the full contest details HERE. Please remember to thank me in your acceptance speech.
Okay, sorry for the excited outburst, we can talk about these cheesecakes now! When I saw the apple contest, I knew I wanted to give these a whirl. A layer of apple pie sandwiched between two layers of creamy cheesecake? YES. Topped with pecans and caramel? YES.
Enter the contest and leave the links to your tweets below if you’d like me to share them! Not a requirement or anything, but I would love to see and share! GOOD LUCK!
20 minPrep Time
35 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter; melted
- 12 ounces low fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- Juice from 1/2 lemon (1 tablespoon)
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 can (about 10 ounces) Apple Pie Filling, or your favorite recipe for apple pie filling
- caramel ice cream topping
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust. Stir vigorously or blend in food processor to combine.
- Place 1/4 cup of crust mixture in the bottom of each mini cheesecake pan (I used mini springform pans from Wilton). Pan down with your fingers, covering the bottom of each pan and creating a flat layer. Add more if needed.
- Bake the crust layer for 5-7 minutes, until golden. Set aside.
- In a KitchenAid stand mixer, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and greek yogurt until smooth. Add the lemon juice, egg, and cinnamon and continue to beat until fully combined.
- Add about 4 tablespoons of the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust mixture. Carefully smooth out the layer without disturbing the crust. Top with about 2 tablespoons of the apple pie filling, and then top with another layer of cheesecake, ending at the top of the pan. Make the top layer as smooth and flat as possible.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheesecakes are set.
- Allow to cool in their pans for approximately two hours. It's best to then let them cool in the fridge overnight, if you can be patient! :)
- Top with caramel syrup and pecans if desired. Enjoy!
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