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Mini Apple Cheesecakes

Cheesecakes topped with fruity sweet apple pie filling. This easy, semi-homemade dessert recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy.

Individual serving cheesecakes topped with fruity sweet apple pie filling. This easy, semi-homemade dessert recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy. \\ PassTheSushi.comI remember mini cheesecakes from when I was little. They were a quick and easy dessert that could be topped with canned pie filling and made to order for a large amount of people with short notice.

Some things never change, and having a quick delicious dessert recipe on hand is always helpful in a pinch. When Lucky Leaf asked me to taste test some of their pie fillings, I knew I wanted to reconstruct my childhood memory into a recipe my readers could whip out when needed.

That’s where things started to go wrong. I wanted quick and easy cheesecakes. So while meandering around the market for supplies, I saw Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling. Don’t judge. My thinking was that if I were in a pinch and were going to use canned pie fillings, why wouldn’t I also use other delicious shortcuts? I picked it up, foil (yes, these are important) cupcake liners, and my vanilla wafers and set out to have dessert done in five minutes.

Not so much. The prepackaged cheesecake mix was a ‘spoon and serve’ disaster. It didn’t look right, had a texture somewhere between pudding and mousse and wasn’t making for a pretty or homemade looking dessert. So…. I tried baking it….

Well, my advice is, if you are in need of a fat kid moment, keep it at that. Grab a spoon and enjoy the cheesecake mix as is, because that’s as good as it’s getting with this one.

Individual serving cheesecakes topped with fruity sweet apple pie filling. This easy, semi-homemade dessert recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy. \\ PassTheSushi.com

Then, I thought about those Jell-O No Bake Cheesecakes. But I was in a particularly cheap mood and the $2.35 just wasn’t jiving with me when I had 8 blocks of cream cheese at home in the fridge. It was on sale, I swear.

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So here’s what I ended up with.

A semi-homemade, super simple, but not the 5 minute flash kind of cheesecakes.

They still look classy when brought to a party.

Individual serving cheesecakes topped with fruity sweet apple pie filling. This easy, semi-homemade dessert recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy. \\ PassTheSushi.com

The apples from the jarred pie filling were good. Win. If you were an apple fan and in a sweets mood, you could eat these right out of the can. The texture of the apples was nice, and not at all ‘mushy’ like I had anticipated. I love how they streamlined this dessert and really dressed up the whole package.

Individual serving cheesecakes topped with fruity sweet apple pie filling. This easy, semi-homemade dessert recipe is sure to make your taste buds happy. \\ PassTheSushi.com

Lucky Leaf is providing two of my readers with copies of their new recipe book packed with ideas and recipes that make use of their pie fillings. There are a lot of creative little desserts in this book that would certainly help me branch out my dessert options (more fruit!). Please leave a comment if you would like to be entered to win and winners will be drawn at random on December 19th 2011 and posted on December 21st.

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Terra

Sunday 18th of December 2011

They are adorable, and such a fun childhood treat:-). You sometimes just have to throw healthy out the window, LOL! Beautiful pictures:-) Hugs, Terra

Val

Sunday 18th of December 2011

I've been wondering if apples and cheesecake make a good match. This affirms it, they do! Making mini cakes of anything always seems to win me over. These look great ;)

Carolyn

Friday 16th of December 2011

Love mini cheesecakes and yes, I think this was a great use of the pie filling!

Athena

Friday 16th of December 2011

These are so cute and look quite yummy.

Heidi @ Food Doodles

Friday 16th of December 2011

So cute! I love mini cheesecakes and these look delicious. I don't think I've ever used apple on top though - sounds delicious!

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