Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes
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For the crust
- 1 1⁄2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
For the topping
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
For the filling
- 2 lbs cream cheese, at room temperature (32 ounces or 4-8 ounce bricks)
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Stir together with a fork until well blended and all the dry ingredients are moistened. Press 1 tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each cupcake liner. (you can use a small drinking glass to easily and evenly press the crumbs down) Bake until just set, 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- To make the raspberry puree, combine the raspberries and sugar in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, then pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
- To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the sugar until smooth. Mix in the salt and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
- To assemble, spoon 3 tablespoons of the cheesecake batter over the crust in each cupcake liner. Dot a ½ teaspoon of the raspberry puree in a few dots over the cheesecake filling. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer to lightly swirl and create a marbled effect.
- Bake until the filling is set, about 22 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking. (They will look quite puffed initially but will return to normal quickly.) Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and let chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
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