These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cups are made with freeze dried apples and caramel bits and then covered in more caramel.
“This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek!
I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.”
Some people see caramel apples and don’t think of Halloween right away.
But I do.
See growing up when you still had Halloween parties at school someone’s mom always made caramel apples.
And I so look forward to that. It was one of the things my mom did not make.
We also stuck our head in large buckets of water filled with apples and went bobbing for them.
I did not look forward to that. 😀
Then a giant razor blade in caramel apples (and then candy later on) scare happened and all the caramel apples went away.
And it sucked.
I’m old enough that caramel apples (homemade) and popcorn balls (homemade) used to be given out during Trick or Treating.
You thought nothing about eating them.
In fact, you looked forward to it.
We won’t talk about the evil raisins and pennies that people handed out.
Or worse we had a dentist on our route who gave out tooth brushes!!!
I would totally take one now though…they are great for scrubbing grout. 😀
So these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cups are my ode to the Halloween parties I had as a kid.
I would have totally loved these if someone’s mom brought them.
They have Pecan Sandies cookies for a bottom mostly because that was the only shortbread my store had.
And well, they go well with these.
But you can use a golden Oreo or shortbread as well.
I did have to trim to cookie to fit into the muffin tin.
As for the filling it is basic cheesecake mixed with freeze dried apples and some Caramel Bits folded in.
Then topped with the type of caramel you find caramel apples dipped in to.
Take a look more spooky Halloween recipes from our #HalloweenTreatsWeek Bloggers today:
Halloween Cookies & Bars:
- Frosted Frankenstein Brownies from Big Bear’s Wife
Halloween Pies & Tarts:
- Spider Web Chocolate Tart from The Flour Handprint
- Moldy Bits of Glass Muffins (Matcha Muffins) from The Spiffy Cookie
Sweet Halloween Treats:
- Halloween Pretzel Treat from Devour Dinner
- Graveyard Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats from JZ Eats
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cups from Sweet ReciPEAS
- Monster Marshmallow Pops from Sweet Beginnings
- Wicked Witch Fudge from Take Two Tapas
- For the Cheesecake Cups:
- 12 Pecan Sandies (I trimmed mine to fit in the muffin tin)
- 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2.5 oz freeze dried apples, roughly crushed
- 1 cup Kraft Caramel Bits
- 1 TBSP flour
- For the Caramel Topping:
- 11 oz Kraft Caramel Bits
- 2 TBSP water
For the Cheesecake Cups:
Preheat oven to 275F.
Line muffin tin with cupcake liners (preferably white).
Place a Pecan Sandy (I had to trim mine with a knife a little to fit) at the bottom of each cupcake. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating for about 1 minutes. Scrape down the bowl after each addition.
Add in the extract and mix until fully combined.
Add the sour cream and beat until incorporated.
Mix in the freeze dried apple pieces.
In a medium sized bowl toss together the 1 cup of Caramel Bits and the 1 TBSP flour until the bits are coated with flour.
Fold in the flour covered Caramel Bits.
Fill cheesecake batter until the top of the cup.
Bake for 22 minutes, rotating half way through.
Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
For the Caramel Topping:
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat melt the Caramel Bits and water until the mixture becomes smooth.
Spoon caramel over the top of each cheesecake cup.
Chill in fridge in muffin tins for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Happy Halloween! Spooky Season is here and it is time for 2020’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek event! #HalloweenTreatsWeek is a yearly Halloween blogging event that is hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife & its a creepy and haunting week-long event is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For the 3rd annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week!
Follow the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media and look at the bottom of each post to see all of the Halloween recipes that we’re sharing!
Plus, don’t forget that we have some great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsor and bloggers this year!
Prize #1 from Dixie Crystals
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set
Prize #2 from Angie at BigBearsWife
Ninja OP301 Foodi 9-in-1 Pressure, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer and More, with 6.5 Quart Capacity and 45 Recipe Book, and a High Gloss Finish
Prize #3 from Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar
Origami Owl Locket and Halloween Charms
Prize #4 from Kathy at Lemon Blossoms
6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
Prize #5 from Terri at Our Good Life
Young Living’s Thieves Mints ($50 Value)
Pop a Thieves Mint into your mouth for cinnamint-fresh breath after meals. Made with naturally derived ingredients and free of artificial sweeteners, dyes, and preservatives, Thieves Mints are a choice you can feel good about. Created with Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend, these mints deliver minty coolness with a hint of warm, sugar-free sweetness. Thieves Mints come in a conveniently sized container that is great to take on the go!!
Prize #6 from Julie at Back To My Southern Roots
1 Copy of – The Peanuts Family Cookbook: Delicious Dishes for Kids to Make with Their Favorite Grown-Ups
Prize #7 from Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS
1 Copy of her new cookbook “Holy Sweet! 60 Indulgent Recipes for Bigger, Better Desserts”
Prize #8 from Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
1 Copy of her cookbook, “Incredible One-Pot Cooking: Easy, Delicious Recipes for Exciting Meals Without the Mess”
Prize #9 from Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog
1 Copy of “Friends: The Official Cookbook”
ONE (1) $75 Amazon gift card
Prize #11 from Shanaka from It’s Shanaka
ONE (1) $25 Amazon gift card
Prize #12 from Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Prize #13 from Amy from House of Nash Eats
ONE (1) $100 Amazon gift card
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older.
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Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes.
This giveaway runs from October 5th – October 10th at 11:59PM EST.
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There are a total of 14 prizes and therefore we will have a total of 14 winners.
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Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine!
We would like to Thank our amazing brand sponsors: Dixie Crystals that provided a prize pack for our giveaways and also sent some samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.
We would also love to give a huge thanks to our Halloween Treats Week bloggers because a lot of them also donated prizes for the giveaways, including: Angie of BigBearsWife , Nicole of Nicole Taggart’s Origami Owl Jewelry Bar, Kathy of Lemon Blossoms, Terri of Our Good Life, Julie of Back To My Southern Roots, Peabody of Sweet ReciPEAS, Megan of Strawberry Blondie Kitchen, Nicole of For the Love of Food Blog, Michaela of An Affair from the Heart, Jennifer of Take Two Tapas , Michele of West Via Midwest, Shanaka of It’s Shanaka, Ashley of Cheese Curd In Paradise, and Amy from House of Nash Eats!