Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Caramel Pecan Topping

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Pumpkin, spices and pecans make a winning combination. In fact, with this much flavor, you’ll want to make these often.
Adapted from "175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Easy Recipes for Bite-Size Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, Mini Pies and More!" by Kathy Moore, published by Robert Rose Press. Images by Colin Erricson.

Makes 16 to 18 cheesecakes
Ingredients & Tools:
1⁄2 cup graham wafer crumbs (125 mL at left)

1 tbsp granulated sugar (15 mL)
1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon (1 mL)
2 tbsp butter, melted (30 mL)
8 oz cream cheese, softened (250 g)
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar (60 mL)
2 tbsp packed brown sugar (30 mL)
1 egg, at room temperature (1)
1⁄3 cup canned pumpkin purée, not pie filling(75 mL)
1 tbsp all-purpose flour (15 mL)
1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon (1 mL)
1 tbsp heavy or whipping (35%) cream (15 mL)
1 tbsp butter (15 mL)
1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar (60 mL)
2 tbsp heavy or whipping (35%) cream (30 mL)
1⁄3 cup chopped pecans, toasted (75 mL)
1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract (2 mL)

Source: , 175 Best Babycakes Cupcake Maker Recipes: Easy...

Step 1

Crusts: In a small bowl, combine graham wafer crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Stir in butter.

Step 2

Place a paper liner in each well. Spoon about 1-1⁄2 tsp (7 ml) crumb mixture into the bottom of each liner. Use the pie forming tool to tap crust into liner.

Step 3

Filling: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese for 1 minute or until fluffy. Beat in granulated sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in egg and pumpkin until just combined. Beat in flour, cinnamon and cream just until smooth (do not overbeat).

Step 4

Graham wafer crumbs can be purchased readymade, but if you can’t find them, you’ll need about two 4-3/4 by 2-1/4 inch (11.5 by 5.5 cm) wafers to make 1/2 cup (125 mL).
Toasting pecans intensifies their flavor. Spread chopped pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool, then measure.

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