Total Time: 3 Hr. 5 Min.
Prep Time: 20 Min.
Cook Time: 2 Hr. 45 Min.
Prepare these Bite-Size Salted Caramel Cheesecakes for some teeny, tiny and tasty treats. Find out more about these delicious cheesecake bites today!
What You Need
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1-1/2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (12 oz.), softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
12 KRAFT Caramels
1 Tbsp. milk
Let’s Make It
1 – Heat oven to 325°F.
2 = Combine graham crumbs, brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt and butter; press onto bottoms of 24 paper-lined mini muffin cups.
3 – Beat cream cheese and granulated sugar in medium bowl with mixer until blended. Add egg; beat just until blended. Spoon into muffin cups, adding about 1 Tbsp. cream cheese batter to each.
4 – Bake 15 min. or until centers of cheesecakes are almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour.
5 = Place caramels in small heatproof bowl. Add milk and 1/4 tsp. of the remaining salt. Place over pan of boiling water, making sure boiling water does not touch bottom of bowl. Cook until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.
6 – Drizzle about 1 tsp. caramel sauce over each cheesecake; sprinkle with remaining salt. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Tip 1 – Size Wise: Balance out your food choices throughout the day so you can enjoy a taste of cheesecake in one of these portion-controlled desserts.
Tip 2 – Note: These creamy cheesecakes can be refrigerated up to 24 hours before drizzling with caramel sauce and sprinkling with remaining salt. Refrigerate 1 hour as directed.
Tip 3 – How to Customize the Caramel Sauce: Spicy Caramel Sauce: Stir 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne) into the prepared sauce before drizzling over cheesecakes. Pumpkin Spice Caramel Sauce: Stir 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice into the prepared sauce before drizzling over cheesecakes. Smoky Sweet Caramel Sauce: Stir 1/4 tsp. smoked chili powder into the prepared sauce before drizzling over cheesecakes. Chocolate-Caramel Sauce: Add 2 Tbsp. milk chocolate chips to the caramels and milk before microwaving as directed. White Chocolate-Caramel Sauce: Add 2 Tbsp. white chocolate chips to the caramels and milk before microwaving as directed.
Tip 4 – Substitute: Prepare using coarse sea salt. (I’m all about the sea salt! Just sayin’…)
Y’all know the drill. CLICK HERE for all the nutrional details over at My Food & Family. Amy Rouse-Harjo is a good friend, a herder of cats (and alpha men), lover of cheese cake–AND salted caramel. She makes these treats whenever there’s a boys’ night out and the Moonstruck wives get together for RomCom movies and gabbing. Married to Colonel Joshua Harjo, she’s still something of a den mother. First introduced in HUNTER’S MOON, you can read Amy and Harjo’s love story in BRIDE’S MOON. Just click on the title or the cover to head over to Amazon. You can read for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
What about y’all? Are you a fan of salted caramel? Cheesecake? This time of year? My Moonstruck books? 😉