Mini Apple Crumb Cheesecakes

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Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Here I come again with another miniature food item. Soo surprising, isn’t it? What can I say? I’m small and I like small food. And I bet you’ll like this too.

Don’t let the photos fool you. I explain later why mine look the way they do, but trust me. They are delectable.

I broke the ingredient lists down into the different parts of the dessert. It’s easier than it looks. And let me tell you, the delicious aroma starts invading your kitchen from the very beginning.

This recipe yields 18 cheesecakes. Feel free to modify the quantity of ingredients if you need to make more or fewer. Let’s get started.

You’ll need:
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  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 sheets)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 7 tablespoons melted butter

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  • 16 oz softened cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Apples

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  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Step 2:
Prepare the crust. Combine graham cracker crumbles, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter until moistened. I can’t even begin to describe how good this part alone smells.
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Step 3:
Line your muffin pan and fill each cup with a heaping tablespoon of the mixture. Use the back of the spoon to pat it down. You’ll see the cup in the middle of the photo is the before and the surrounding cups are after (for your reference).
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Step 4:
Bake the crust for 5 minutes.

Step 5:
Make the topping. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter. I think cutting your butter into small chunks will make this process easier. I cut mine into 1/2in cubes.
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Fork the mixture until small crumbles form. You can also go in with your fingers if you are struggling with using a tool. Set this aside.

Step 7:
Filling time! Mix cream cheese and sugar on low-medium speed until just combined. Don’t do what I did and get distracted by HGTV; if you over mix the filling your cheesecakes will rise then fall when they cool. I mean, they’re just as delicious but not as adorable looking. Anyway, let’s continue.

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Step 8:
Combine the eggs (one at a time), vanilla, and sour cream. Set aside to rest while you cut the apples.image4

Step 9:
Apple time. Wash and peel your apples, then dice those babies up. I used two medium ones. However many you decide to use, make sure to cut them really small so they cook and get soft while in the oven.
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Assemble!!!! Take a heaping tablespoon of filling and fill the cups. They should be about 3/4 full.
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Add a layer of apple pieces.
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Finally, spoon a tablespoon of topping on the top. This may get a little messy. Let it.image8

Step 13:
Bake for 23-25 minutes. Let them cool on a baking rack then refrigerate for a few hours. Serve chilled.
image11See? The middle parts fell, but maaaaaan, oh man are these so scrumptious.

And how wonderful to have such a great proportion of crust and cheesecake. That’s my favorite part.image13I hope all of my American followers have a wonderful holiday. I’m thankful for all of you! Gimme some oven lovin’.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You’ll need:

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  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Steps:

1. In an electric mixer, combine butter and both types of sugar. Once blended, add eggs and vanilla. Wooooosh.

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2. In another bowl, join together flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and salt. Slowly pour into the mixer.

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3. Add the oats and chocolate chips. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.

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4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

5. On a parchment covered cookie sheet, scoop 1in balls and place with adequate space between each.

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6. Bake for about 9 minutes and remove cookies from sheet right away. Bake for longer if you prefer your goodies a bit crispier/browner.

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Try to not eat them all at once.

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Gimme some oven lovin’.

Bacomelets

One word: bacon. America’s weakness. The reason the sun rises and sets. The cause of joy on so many children’s faces. I hear if you look perfection up in the dictionary, there’s a picture of bacon. It’s one of those ingredients that can be eaten at any time, with any other food, and still be absolutely scrumptious.

I’ve had a few friends request a recipe that involved bacon, so I decided to recreate a traditional morning breakfast entree to include this yummy treat. It’s easy, quick, absolutely delicious, and it filled my entire home with its hypnotizing aroma. That last description is reason enough to make these!

You’ll need:

Serving size: 12 bacomelets

Mini cupcake pan

1/4 cup shredded cheese

6 slices of bacon

2 eggs

Optional: spinach, peppers, onions, etc. and any other ingredients you like in your omelets.

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat your eggs in a bowl and add cheese and any other ingredients you like. I personally love crushing dried mint and adding grated Cypriot cheese called Halloumi. If you have any Greek stores around you, I recommend asking them if they carry it. Another great option is feta!
     
  3. Slice your bacon in halves and start wrapping the pieces around the inside of the pan cups.
  4. Using a spoon, fill the cups about 3/4 of the way. It should equal out to about 1 tablespoon in each cup. I purchased a bag of cheese so I had a lot left over. I pinched an extra amount for each cup once they were filled and put it on top. It makes for a nice cheesy crust!
     
  5. Bake for 22-26 minutes, depending on your oven. If you like your bacon crispy, leave it in for a longer amount and vice versa. Keep your eye on them after the 20 minute mark and just take out when you find them the cooked color you enjoy most.

They’re done! And delicious! Enjoy!


If you want to make these for a party, place some toothpicks in them and serve as appetizers. They’re bite size and adorable, so you can choose how you want to serve them.

 

Gimme some oven lovin’.