Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping

09.06.2014

Why is fall my favorite season? The food of course! I get so excited this time of year for the caramel apples, the pumpkin pie and just the delicious scent in my house from all the fall baking. It’s that time of year that you know you’ll need to get the big container of cinnamon because it’s going in everything.

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Since caramel apples are one of the first things I crave this time of year I decided to combine them with another one of my favorite desserts, cheesecake! And this time we are going mini. They are easier to serve, they are better for portion control and really they’re just so much cuter.

Yes, the caramel sauce is definitely a must (and I’d say a generous amount) but if your not into the whole salted thang then just use the regular. And be sure to check out the link in the recipe for the salted caramel sauce recipe (which again, you can make unsalted) because it shows photos of all the stages of cooking caramel sauce so you’ll know what to watch for so it isn’t under-cooked/doesn’t burn.

Enjoy!

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Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping

5 from 11 votes

These tempting mini cheesecakes are the perfect party or after dinner treat! They're loaded with tender apples and finished with the most decadent toppings!

Servings: 18
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes

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 , see notes for recipe

Instructions

  1. For the crust:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. For the streusel:
  5. 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.
  6. For the filling:
  7. In a bowl, toss chopped apples with lemon juice, set aside.
  8. 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.
  9. To assemble cheesecakes:
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. *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).
  13. Recipe Source: Inspired by Paula Deen's Cheesecake Bars

Recipe Notes

Salted caramel sauce recipe link HERE.

Nutrition Facts
Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes with Streusel Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Potassium 63mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel apple cheesecake, mini cheescake
Calories: 180 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
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183 comments

  • Claudia: Can we use any apples or do they have to be granny Smith apples November 19, 2018 at 5:39am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend Granny Smith since they are tart and not very juicy. Something like Braeburn would probably work fine too. November 21, 2018 at 9:29pm Reply

  • Cheystie Gibbs: Would I leave these in the fridge if I am making these the day before? Also, would they be better served warmed or cold? I don’t mind having to reheat them a little. I’ll probably put the Carmel sauce on right before I serve them. November 15, 2018 at 9:52am Reply

  • AleQ: Hello! Does 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese mean 8 oz total of cream cheese or 16 oz total? Thanks! November 10, 2018 at 7:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: 16 oz total. November 10, 2018 at 8:08pm Reply

  • Katie: Could I use cream cheese instead of sour cream? November 8, 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It would change the consistency a little but it would probably work. November 8, 2018 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Heather: Wish you would’ve put the mincing the apples smaller part way before they went in the oven!! Ugh. You must be some sort of baking wizard to get all of this done in 30 min! Took me so much longer but I don’t bake often. They are so delicious besides the apples not being done all of the way! Will definitely be making these again even though they are very tedious. Thanks for the great recipe!!! October 30, 2018 at 4:52pm Reply

  • Michelle: Can you share your salted carmel sauce recipe? The link is not working. Thank you! October 22, 2018 at 3:49pm Reply

  • Craig Coleman: I need to make 125 of these for our church Anniversary Lord help!!! I’ve made the full size Carmel Apple cheesecake and won at our bake off but to make 125 minis will be a first for me. But it shall be done. Thanks for the recipe. October 14, 2018 at 10:02am Reply

    • Emily: Craig, do you have a recipe for a full size cheesecake like this? I’d love to have it!! November 8, 2018 at 10:56am Reply

  • Karen Moffat: They are SO GOOD!! Quickly became a Family FAVOURITE!!!! September 8, 2018 at 4:35pm Reply

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