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Greek Yogurt Cheesecake Cupcakes

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My family loves cheesecake but we all like different flavors. My daughter-in-law loves The cheesecake Factory (cheesecake) however I think this recipe is better.  I came up with this recipe to make all of them happy. Personally I like a plain cheesecake but everyone else likes either blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. This instructable is the solution to our problem and it is so versatile! The Greek Yogurt is what makes this recipe sing!  Did I mention it is gluten free? Yes, and it taste just like cheesecake!   Follow through and I will show you how to make your family happy! 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Crust:
4 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1/2 Cup crushed pecans
1 Tablespoon Coconut flour (optional) this adds to the flavor of the crust
1 teaspoon honey or Agave Nectar 
 
Pie Filling:

2 8 oz.  packages of softened cream cheese less 1/4 cup ( this will be saved for frosting if desired.)
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (room temperature)
3/4 Cup sugar
1 Teaspoon Pure vanilla
2 fresh eggs room temperature

These cheesecake cupcakes are very light in texture, not dense like a regular cheesecake but . . . If you want them more dense, replace the yogurt with cream cheese. I like it better with the Greek yogurt because the flavor is more like a real cheesecake but you do sacrifice the heavier texture.
 
Topping:

1/8 Cup softened cream cheese
1/8 Cup Greek yogurt
1 vanilla bean
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 - 1/4 Cup fresh berries as desired  I used frozen raspberries
1/2 teaspoon of desired sweetener or less
Mint for garnish if desired

 
I used raspberries and Blueberries with the topping for this but you could use strawberries or different flavors. I made another variation using the juice from the berries and making a light syrup. This recipe makes about 12 cupcakes. I had filling left over so I put the filling into a custard dishes and baked them also! They tasted so good even without the crust and topping.
 
Syrup:
 
Arrow Root starch flour or corn starch
Mashed berries

 


 

Step 2: Pecans

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This recipe was made from organic tree picked pecans from our yard! It sure takes the time to shell them but they are so worth the effort!
I used my food processor to make the crumbs. 

Step 3: Pie Crust

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Mix:
In a bowl combine the crushed pecans, melted butter, coconut flour, and honey or Agave nectar.
Mix. 
Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners, I used paper and foil liners but liked the foil best.
Spoon a small amount of the pecan mixture into each cup. Use just enough for the bottom crust. You might notice the picture of the cupcake without the liner . . . that one had too much crust in my opinion.
Press gently.

Step 4: Pie Filling

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I made three batches of these and each one got better. 

Combine:

Combine the softened cream cheese,Greek yogurt,  sugar, and vanilla, in a mixing bowl.
Mix on medium speed until creamy.
Add the eggs and beat lightly until smooth. Over mixing after the eggs are added can cause batter to fall.
Using a spoon fill each cup almost to the rim.
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the  cupcake pan in a water bath. 
Cook approximately 15-17 minutes - over-baking and drastic temperature changes can cause the cupcakes to crack or fall. 
I am still trying to perfect my baking time at this altitude. It seemed to work best to turn off the oven just before the cake is done and leave the cupcakes in the oven to cool slowly. The rule of the thumb is not to peek.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Refrigerate overnight.


Step 5: Pie frosting

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Frosting:

Mix the softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla bean, vanilla, and sugar in a small bowl.
Top the cooled cupcakes with a dab of frosting.
Add fresh berries and mint if desired.
Syrup:
 
I mashed a few raspberries and blueberries until I had enough juice.
I added a pinch of Arrow Root starch flour and mixed it thoroughly.
I  cooked it over a low heat until it just began to thicken.
The syrup was so gooood! I think it tasted fantastic without sugar added!


 Set out the cupcakes on the counter for thirty minutes before serving.
 




 

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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This recipe was a huge hit with my family and the neighbors! They could not tell the difference from it and a regular cheesecake. Although one neighbor mentioned she liked the texture better than the real cheesecake because it was not as heavy.  I love this recipe because it is so easy to make and can satisfy the hankering for cheesecake even if you don't make the crust!  I like it better than the Cheesecake Factory (my daughter-in - law bought when she was here). I hope you like it as much as we do.

Thank you all,  including our sponsors for making this such a great community! I entered this in the gluten free contest and the Copy Cat contest and appreciate your vote if you like it! Thanks for stopping by and remember to have a safe and Happy Fall!

Sunshiine


mclare501 year ago
These look amazing!!!!!!
sunshiine (author)  mclare501 year ago
Thanks, they were delicious! Have a beautiful day!
sunshiine
bajablue1 year ago
Beautiful work! Can't wait to make these! :-P~
sunshiine (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thanks Mary! It sure is good to see you, hope life is grand for you!
sunshiine
All of your mise en place photos are stunning! great job.
sunshiine (author)  audreyobscura1 year ago
Gee thanks! I appreciate your compliment! Hope your weekend shines!
sunshiine
mmmmm now I'm hungry!!!! They look great!
sunshiine (author)  Pane-Bistecca1 year ago
Thanks so much for your support! Oh they were so good! Have a beautiful week!
sunshiine
knixon41 year ago
Can't waiting to make. I will defiantly give my review.
sunshiine (author)  knixon41 year ago
Thanks so much! I hope you like them as much as we do! Have a beautiful day!
sunshiine
pecospearl1 year ago
Mmmmmmmmm! So beautiful too that I could eat one right off my screen.
sunshiine (author)  pecospearl1 year ago
So good to see you here! I will make these the next time I visit! You won't be disappointed! Huggs
sunshiine
Amazing cupcakes, Sunshiine!!!! I want!!!!! Definitely, you have my vote!
sunshiine (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
Thanks MC! I was so happy my idea turned out! It was very tasty! I hope you are having a great day!
sunshiine
Thanks!!! :-)
I can't get enough cheese cake! Also, very nice photos.
sunshiine (author)  WhatWasIthinking1 year ago
Thanks I hope you try it! Have a super weekend!
sunshiine
Wow, they look good! :)
sunshiine (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago
Thanks, they are very good! Thanks for commenting and please have an incredible day!
sunshiine
Sure you too! :)
sunshiine (author)  nerfrocketeer1 year ago
Thanks!