Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mini Cheesecake Bites

The title alone is a mouthful, but let me tell you... these are so incredibly delicious. I found the recipe on Picky Palate, and new that I had to try them out immediately.
I was surprised and delighted at how easy they were to whip together and how yummy they turned out. These are definitely one of my favorite cheescake bite recipes to date.

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Mini Cheesecake Bites

8 whole Oreos, finely ground in food processor

1 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter

8 oz softened cream cheese

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1/2 Cup pumpkin puree (I used Libby’s)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Caramel Dip or topping (I used Harry & David Gourmet Caramel Topping, but any you have or can find will work fine)

*12 Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine ground Oreos and melted butter into a bowl until well combined. Spoon into 12 mini cheesecake cups that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Press into the bottom of each cup so the crust is flat. Partially bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven.

2. In a stand or electric mixer beat the cream cheese, sugar and pumpkin until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until combined. Pour evenly into the 12 cups filling about 3/4 way full. Spoon about a teaspoon of caramel into the tops of each filled cup and swirl with a toothpick gently. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until cheesecake is cooked through. Let cool completely.

3. Remove cheesecakes from pan and top each with a spoonful of remaining caramel and a Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kiss. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I also made some into regular cupcake pan size, and they turned out just as cute.

*I can't find the Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses anywhere but Target, they are not at the Walmart or Albertsons that I shop at. So, if you are out of luck and can't find the Pumpkin Spice ones, don't let it discourage you. Make them anyway and use a different flavor of Hershey Kiss.


Amy said...

I agree they were delicious!

teresa said...

oh man, i remember seeing these adn they look amazing!