Vanilla Cognac Cheesecake Cups

Last night I was in the mood for something sweet but I wasn’t sure what I wanted. So I went to the grocery store and started searching the GF section and found these little 90 calorie packs of Chocolate Graham Cookies with Marshmallows and I was inspired. Cheesecake, I said to myself, but not a whole one, but nice bite size cupcake style. Now mind you it took all five packs in the box of the graham cookies to make the crust for these little morsels, but hey, you don’t have to eat all the cupcakes at one time. Plus as an added bonus, I added a little boozy-oozy to them to give them just a hint of something special without making them a drunken cupcake.

Vanilla Cognac Cheesecake Cups

For the Crust
1 cup finely ground graham cracker crumbs ( I used MI-DEL All Natural S ‘mores 90 calorie packs)
¼ cup sugar
4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

For the Filling
1 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
¾ cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup Vanilla Cognac (but you can use Amaretto or Irish Cream)
2 large eggs
¼ cup Greek Yogurt (you can also use sour cream)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

To Make The Crust. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and the melted butter. Toss with a fork until well blended. Drop a heaping tablespoon full of graham cracker mixture in each muffin cup and pack it down gently with your fingers. Bake 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the crusts to cool while you prepare the filling. Do not turn the oven off as you will need it shortly to bake your cheesecakes.

To Make The Filling, using an electric or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and cornstarch until smooth. Add the vanilla cognac, eggs and yogurt and beat until smooth.

Fill muffin cups with cream cheese mixture until almost to the top. Place the muffin pan in a large, shallow roasting pan with enough hot water to come about 1 inch up the sides of the pan. Bake until the cakes are puffy and barely set in the center, about 35 minutes. When done, allow to cool for 2 hours and then transfer the cheesecakes, still in the pan, to the refrigerator and chill for 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, remove each one from the paper wrapper and place a dollop of fresh whipped cream on the top and garnish with a crystal-sugar coated raspberry.

 **recipe inspired and adapted from The Boozy Baker**

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