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Salted Caramel Cheesecakes

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite
Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 40 mins
Yield Serves 12 (serving size: 1 cheesecake)
There's something so special about your own individual dessert. For the biggest impact, sprinkle on a beautiful flake salt at the end; if you don't have that, sea salt will work, too.

Ingredients

  • 30 vanilla wafers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 12 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 3/8 teaspoon flake salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 254
  • fat 12.7 g
  • satfat 5.5 g
  • monofat 4.3 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 5.7 g
  • carbohydrate 30.1 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 256 mg
  • calcium 89 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.

  2. Place cookies in a food processor; process until finely ground crumbs measure about 1 cup. Add oil; pulse to combine. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin well with cooking spray. Spoon about 1 packed tablespoon crumb mixture into each muffin cup; press crumbs firmly into bottom. Bake at 300° for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool.

  3. Wipe food processor clean. Place brown sugar, yogurt, and cream cheese in processor; process until smooth. Add vanilla, table salt, and eggs; process until smooth. Spoon about 3 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup. Bake at 300° for 18 minutes or until centers of cheesecakes barely move when pan is touched. Remove pan from oven; cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Cover pan; refrigerate cheesecakes 3 hours or until well chilled.

  4. Run a thin knife around outside edge of each cheesecake. Carefully remove cheesecakes from pan; place on a platter. Chill cheesecakes until ready to serve.

  5. Combine granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until sugar dissolves, stirring gently as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 3 minutes). Continue cooking 12 minutes or until the color of light brown sugar (do not stir). Remove from heat; carefully stir in butter and milk (caramelized sugar will harden and stick to spoon). Place pan over medium-high heat until caramelized sugar melts. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; cool caramel to room temperature. Cover and chill 1 hour or until slightly thickened. Spoon about 1 tablespoon caramel over each cheesecake. Sprinkle cheesecakes evenly with flake salt.