Sunday, December 23, 2012

No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

Ingredients For The Crust: o 3/4 cup ground pecans o 1 Tbsp. sugar o pinch of salt o 2 Tbsp. butter, melted For The Cheesecake Filling: o 3/4 cup sugar o 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened o 1 tsp. ground cinnamon o pinch of nutmeg o 2/3 cup lightly-strained applesauce (**see note below**) o 2 cups whipped cream (you can use homemade whipped cream or frozen whipped cream topping) o Toppings: o additional whipped cream (about 2-3 cups) o caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
Method To Make The Crust: Stir together all crust ingredients in a bowl until evenly combined. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each serving dish, and press in the bottom until even to make the crust. To Make The Cheesecake Filling: Add the sugar, cream cheese, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a food processor and pulse until blended. Add the applesauce and pulse until blended, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula once in between to be sure that everything is well-mixed. Use the rubber spatula to fold in the whipped cream until combined. Spoon or pipe the filling mixture in even portions into your baking dishes. Top with additional whipped cream, and drizzle with caramel sauce. 1) I recommend lightly straining the applesauce to remove some of the extra water. You can do this in a colander, or with a cheesecloth. Just lightly strain it to remove some of the obvious extra juice -- don't totally squeeze it dry! 2) The mini glass dishes for this are from Pier One, although they are now widely available at many stores including Target, TJ Maxx, World Market and beyond.

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