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Bloody Eyeball Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Bloody Eyeball Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Amp up your Halloween with the most delicious and yet frightfully looking Bloody Eyeball Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes. All the guys and ghouls will die for them!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 159kcal

Equipment

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Oven

Ingredients

For the Graham Cracker Crust:

  • ½ cups Finely ground graham crackers
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted butter melted
  • ¼ cup  Granulated Sugar
  • teaspoon Salt

For the Cheesecake:

  • 3 8 oz Packages of cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Adam's Extract Clear Vanilla
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 48 Wilton Candy Eyeballs

Instructions

  • Stir together graham cracker, melted butter, sugar and salt in a bowl. Set to the side.
  • Put a rack in the middle of oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Beat cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric stand mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add one cup granulated sugar and the one teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula as needed.
  • Place cupcake liners in muffin pan. Using a medium cookie scoop--scoop graham cracker filling in each liner. Then using another scoop, scoop cheesecake batter on top of the graham cracker until 3/4 full. Repeat until all the batter is used.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool on a wire rack until at room temperature about 1 hour. Then, transfer to the refrigerator.
  • Before serving scoop 1 tablespoon of cherry pie filling on top and add 1,2, or even 3 eyeball candies! Repeat until all cheesecakes are decorated. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

 
  • Bake ahead - You can bake the cheesecake cupcakes ahead of time and decorate right before serving.
  • Fruit - The cherry filling works best because it looks like little red eyeballs. But you could also use blueberry filling as well.
  • Candy Eyeballs - Make sure to place the candy eyeballs on just before you are about to serve. I learned that they don't do well and bleed as they sit on the cherry compote over night.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 323IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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