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Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

I have never liked Martha Stewart, but I was given a copy of her Cupcakes book. I’ve been gradually testing out some of the simpler recipes, that didn’t require quite as many ingredients or as many hours on the icings.  🙂

This one was pretty easy to make, particularly with a few adjustments. I’m making it for two different occasions, figuring that I could probably freeze any leftovers, as you would with a larger cheesecake purchased from a BJs or other store. Enjoy!

Raspberry Cheesecake Cupcakes


Source: adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes (pg 99), also found online here

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1  c. ground graham crackers (about 8 sheets)
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 c. plus 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 container (6 oz.) fresh raspberries or 4 oz. frozen raspberries
  • 2 lbs. of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

Preheat & Prepare: Preheat the oven to 325. Prepare the muffin tins with paper liners.

Make the Graham Cracker Crust: Combine graham crackers, butteNov 09 Rasp Cheesecake Cupcakes 002-1r and 3 Tbs. sugar in a small bowl. Mixture may seem dry, but that’s ok! Put about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each muffin cup and press flat. Bake for 5 minutes. Let cool.

Nov 09 Rasp Cheesecake Cupcakes 004-1Make the Raspberry Sauce: In a mini food processor or with an immersion mixer, puree raspberries until smooth, about 30 seconds. If using frozen raspberries, the mixture will be very thick – you probably won’t be able to get much juice out of it if you’re straining it. If using fresh raspberries, strain mixture with a sieve, keeping the liquid and discarding the solid parts.

Stir in 2 Tbs. sugar and set aside.

Make the Cheesecake: With a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add sugar; beat to combine. Add salt and vanilla; beat to combine. Add eggs, one at a time, while keeping the mixer on.

Pour a little over 1/8 a cup of the cream cheese filling in each of the prepared muffin tins. The mixture should fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way. Add half a teaspoon of the raspberry sauce (I used almost a full teaspoon of the frozen raspberries). Make a swirl with a toothpick.

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Cook: at 325 until the filling has set, about 30 minutes. Let cool.

Refrigerate the cooled cupcakes for at least 4 hours, or up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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