I heart dessert! I love eating sweets, but not so much baking them. Not to say I don’t bake, but I just don’t enjoy it as much as cooking a delightful dinner. But this dessert is no bake, so it’s perfect for the “non baker” in you.
This is a super cute dessert that is great for serving to company. It looks pretty and is easy to eat. These mini cheesecakes are a perfect combination of crunchy, sweet, tart, all in one little bite.
No Bake Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Bites (makes 30 bites)
2 packages mini phyllo shells (15 in each box)
1 large apple, peeled and cut into small pieces
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
juice from half a lemon
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 tbsp. sugar
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Thaw mini phyllo shells. Optional, if you’d like them extra crispy, bake at 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes. If not, just let them thaw. Set aside. Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Once melted, add apples and sauté for about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Stir together and once it’s melted and gooey looking, turn heat off and let cool.
Add cream and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer (if not a hand mixer will do) and whip until cream has nice soft peaks, about 3-4 minutes. Start off slow and then up it to a higher setting (I use a 6 on my stand mixer).The cream should look silky and soft. Let it go too far and it starts to look chunky and heads toward butter.Set aside in the fridge.
Add cream cheese, vanilla and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until the cream cheese is smooth looking. Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and fold together. Once combined, add to a piping bag (or a Ziploc bag with a corner of the bag cut off) and pipe into the phyllo shells.
Add apple compote to the top and refrigerate until ready to serve.