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All of the delicious flavors of creme brûlée in an easy to make mini cheesecake cupcake. You’ll love these delicious little single serve desserts!

Close up of a Creme Brulee Cheesecake Cupcake.

What if I don’t have a torch? Can you use a lighter instead of a torch for creme brûlée?

Not every stay at home chef will own a brûlée torch. A common question then is: can a person use a lighter or even a candle instead to caramelize the sugar. The short and simple answer is no. Lighters and candles do not produce enough heat to caramelize the sugar evenly or in a timely manner. If you personally do not own a brûlée torch you can also broil the creme brûlée using the broiler setting in your oven. With this method you will need to be careful and watch very closely so that the sugar does not burn.

Can Creme Brûlée Cheesecake Cupcakes be made in advance?

These creme brûlée cheesecake cupcakes can be made two to three days in advance, but there is a catch. To make these ahead of time simply store the cupcakes in the fridge before you sprinkle the fine sugar on them and caramelize it with the kitchen torch. Then when you are ready to eat, pull out the cupcakes, sprinkle on the fine sugar, and use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar.

Bird's eye view of Creme Brulee Cheesecake Cupcakes and a kitchen torch on a marble countertop.

If you like this recipe, you may also be interested in my other cheesecake desserts:

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Bird's eye view of Creme Brulee Cheesecake Cupcakes and a kitchen torch on a marble countertop.
All of the delicious flavors of creme brûlée in an easy to make mini cheesecake cupcake. You'll love these delicious little single serve desserts!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 9 graham crackers 1 sleeve, finely crushed
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup super fine sugar
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • Make your graham cracker crust by stirring together crushed graham crackers with sugar and melted butter. Divide crush amongst cupcake liners and press into the bottom.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Beat in vanilla extract, egg, egg yolks, sour cream, and salt. Continue beating until combined and smooth.
  • Spoon cheesecake batter into each cupcake liner until 3/4 full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes until filling is set. Cool completely in the tin before removing. 
  • After cupcakes have cooled, remove from wrappers. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of super fine sugar on top of each one. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize sugar, or line up on a try and place under broiler setting in oven. Watch closely, rotating as needed until the sugar is caramelized.. Serve chilled.
Notes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Creme Brulee Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Genna

I love creme brûlée, but I have developed Type 2 Diabetes, which has totally p’d me off). I have found Splenda works great as a substitute for the white sugar. I use brown erythritol instead of white sugar before torching. I think brown sugar gives it an extra oomph. I also like to add melted white chocolate to my creme brûlée sometimes.

5 stars
I will try this recipe.

Julie

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Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert and cheesecake is my second favorite, so when i saw this I knew it was for me! I found that it was much too sweet for me, others may like it that sweet but not me. Since I had already added the sugar I had to add one more package of cream cheese. They came out delish! Thank you for this idea!

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