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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Apple Crisp Mini Cheesecake Recipe

These apple crisp cheesecake bites are the perfect fall dessert for  a party.  They are easier to make than a large cheesecake, and they taste amazing.  You can even make them a few days ahead of time and bake them when you need them for a party.

Apple Crisp Mini Cheesecakes

I love cheesecake, and I love apples.  So these apple cheesecake bites are the perfect mix of the two desserts.

I can bake a yummy cheesecake, but I always have problems with it cracking.  This mini apple cheesecake recipe is baked in a muffin tin, so there's less of a chance that it will crack.

I also like that I can set these on a table in the cupcake wrapper, so they are easy to serve.  You can also make them in a mini muffin tin for bite sized mini cheesecake apple crisp.

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Why You'll Love This Mini Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe

These apple crisp mini cheesecakes are one of my favorite fall desserts, and I know that you'll love them too.  

  • You don't need to use a water bath to bake them.
  • They are smaller than a traditional cheesecake, so they won't crack when baking.
  • They are easy to serve for a party in a cupcake wrapper.
  • You can also make them in a mini muffin pan for bite sized apple cheesecake bites.
  • They are delicious with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, real apples, and a crisp topping.

Best Apples for Apple Cheesecake Bites

Technically, you can use any apple to make mini cheesecake apple crisp.  However, I recommend using a firm apple so they hold their shape after baking.

I like to use a Jonathan or Granny Smith apple in baking.  They have a great flavor and a firm flesh that holds up to the heat of baking.

For sweeter apples for your mini apple crisp cheesecake, try Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, or Fuji apples.

Can I Make This Apple Pie Cheesecake Recipe Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make apple crisp cheesecake bites two to three days before your party or event.  Make the crust, cream cheese layer, and apple layer and layer into a muffin pan.  Cover and store in the fridge.

Then when you want to bake the mini apple crisp cheesecake, add the apple crisp topping and bake as directed.  

If you want to assemble the apple crisp mini cheesecakes just a few hours ahead of time, then you can make them with the apple crisp layer and refrigerate them covered for a few hours.

How to Store Leftover Apple Crisp Mini Cheesecakes

You can store leftover apple cheesecake bites in the fridge for up to 7 days.   Store them in an airtight container.

You can also wrap the apple crisp cheesecake bites individually in plastic wrap and then place in a freezer bag.  Freeze for up to 6 months.  

When you're ready to eat one or a few, place them in the fridge to thaw overnight.  Do not use the microwave to thaw.

Apple Crisp Mini Cheesecakes Variations

I love this mini apple pie cheesecake recipe as is, but there are some variations that you can make to make it your own.

  • Drizzle caramel sauce or chocolate sauce over the apple cheesecake bites after you bake them.  Try this homemade caramel sauce recipe or this chocolate sauce recipe with cocoa powder.
  • Use cinnamon graham crackers instead of regular graham crackers.
  • Use a butter cookie to make the crust.
  • Use a mini muffin tin to make smaller bites.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  
  • Garnish with sliced strawberries or other fruit.  I didn't use apples because they will brown when exposed to the air.
  • Sprinkle toffee bits on top of the apple cheesecake bites after baking.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.  

Apple Cheesecake Bites Ingredients

Even though this mini apple pie cheesecake recipe is made from scratch, it still uses common panty staples.  The amounts for each ingredient are listed below in the recipe card.

Graham cracker crumbs - You can start with graham cracker crumbs or place graham crackers in a food processor and mix until they are a crumbs.

Sugar - You can use monk fruit, Splenda for baking, or your choice of sweetener.

Cinnamon - I always recommend using a high quality cinnamon.  You can buy it on Etsy in bulk.

Melted butter - Use real butter and not margarine.

Cream cheese
- Use blocks of cream cheese and not a spread.  Use full fat or low fat, but no fat won't turn out well.

Vanilla - Use a pure vanilla extract for best flavor.  Learn how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans or Instant Pot vanilla extract.

Flour - All purpose flour is fine.  


Apples - Use a firmer apple like Granny Smith, Johnathan, Fuji, or Pink Lady.  Peel and dice the apples.

Lemon juice - Bottled lemon juice is fine for apple crisp cheesecake bites.

Nutmeg - Find nutmeg in bulk on Etsy.


Oatmeal - Use quick cooking oats for best results.

How to Make Mini Apple Cheesecake Bites

Step #1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

Step #2

Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter to make the crust.  Spoon into the muffin cups and press down with the back of a spoon to create the crust.

Step #3

To make the cream cheese filling, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, flour, and egg.  Divide evenly between the paper cups.

Step #4

Combine the diced apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and cornstarch to create the apple layer.  Divide evenly between the paper cups.

Step #5

Combine the flour, sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg, and melted butter to create the apple crisp topping.  Spoon on top of the apple crisp cheesecake bites.

Step #6

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

You can serve this mini apple crisp cheesecake hot or cold, but I like them cold.

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