Date Night In #7 – Italian

Now that the cool, fall weather is here, I am craving warm, comfort foods.  This Date Night In’s theme, Italian, definitely took care of that! For the appetizer, Matt and I had mozzarella sticks.  At first, I wasn’t going to … Continue reading

Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes

You know those awesome coupons you get for your birthday? I love them. It’s a great opportunity to buy something you don’t need but want, without the guilt. I recently got a mini cheesecake pan with one of those.

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I finally came across a recipe to use it.

Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes by Baked by Rachel. Dangerous. And you will soon see why.

First, you make a simple graham cracker crust and fill each cavity.

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Fill it with the cheesecake filling.

IMG_4593Top it off with the “apple pie.”

IMG_4596They are not even baked at this point and they look delicious!  Nothing smells or tastes more perfect than apples combined with brown sugar.  Perfect combination for fall and into winter.

IMG_4597After they are baked, they puff up a little bit.

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IMG_4602Once they cool, they go back down a bit.

And what is cheesecake and/or apple pie without some fresh whipped cream on top?!  The original recipe calls for a Brown Sugar Whipped Cream but when it came time to make it I was exhausted.  I used a whipped cream that I had already made for something else.  I bet the brown sugar one tastes amazing though!

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And why are these cheesecakes dangerous?  Just look at them!  Not only are they super cute, but you can eat one in two bites.

IMG_4608My advise is to use a fork.  It will make it seem like you have more if you take bites directly from it.

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These cheesecakes are perfect to bring to a party.  Thanksgiving perhaps???  Don’t forget to get the recipe by clicking on the link at the top of this post!

PS-if you don’t have a mini cheesecake pan, I am sure using a mini cupcake pan with liners would work just fine.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Believe it or not, I have never had a caramel apple. However, it is something I would love to try. I wonder if making them is a good activity to do with a 2 year old?  I don’t think it would be messy at all (sarcasm with rolling of the eyes here). But that’s the fun of it so if we do, I will be sure to let you know how it goes!

In the meantime, I decided to make Caramel Apple Cupcakes by Your Cup of Cake.  When they came out of the oven, I realized they look a lot like muffins.

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 Which means….

cupcake muffinIt just makes sense!  Anyway, the cupcakes are full of small chunks of apples and topped with a caramel frosting.

IMG_4616The original recipe calls for melted caramels to drizzle on the frosting.  I used caramel ice cream topping since I had it for the frosting.  It ended up oozing down the sides of the cupcake rather than staying put on the frosting.  It makes for a sticky mess.  This may not happen if you do use actual caramels.

IMG_4615This is the perfect cupcake for the fall season.

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Click here for the recipe and enjoy these cupcakes!