“As easy as pie” is a popular colloquial idiom that is used to describe a task or experience as pleasurable and simple. In this Fall season, apple pie is everywhere. It is a very common dessert for everyone. What if we make an apple pie with a twist that I’m sure your friends, family, and most especially your kids will like it? I’m talking about this mini apple pie cheese cupcakes.

 

Ingredients: (Makes 16-18)

Crust: 

¼ cup brown sugar

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup rolled oats

½ cup, 1 stick butter, melted

 

Cheesecake:

2-8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp cornstarch

¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp cinnamon

 

Crisp Topping:

2 tbsp butter, melted

¼ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup rolled oats

¼ cup brown sugar

½ tsp cinnamon

2 large or medium apples or 3 small apples, skinned, cored, and finely chopped caramel sauce or ice cream, optional

 

 Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter, and rolled oats and stir to combine. 
  3. Divide that evenly into your muffin tins and press down with either your fingers or spoon and bake for 5 minutes
  4. In a large bowl combine the cream cheese, both sugars, corn starch, vanilla, and cinnamon with an electric mixer until smooth and combined.
  5. Divide the mixture on top of each of your crusts and smooth out with a spoon
  6. Divide the apples on top of the cheesecake layer
  7. Make the crisp topping by mixed all ingredients together until combined and then sprinkle it on top of the apple layer
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes
  9. Cool 15 minutes and put into the refrigerator overnight or at least 3 hours
  10. Top with ice cream or caramel or just eat them plain.

Image and recipe source: Nut Free Mama