I had an urge to bake cupcakes today. So I was flipping through my Martha Stewart cupcake book, trying to decide if I wanted something new, or one of the oldies. I came across this one which I have refused to make for years because its picture is similar to that of a raw egg. But today, it caught my eye, because my mom just canned a whole batch of apricot jam which I am always looking for an opportunity to eat. The chocolate, cheesecake, and apricot flavors seemed like odd amigos, but they complement eachother better than you would imagine. I love them! They were pretty quick and easy; and no icing is involved, an encouragement to me! If you don’t happen to be an apricot fan (you’re crazy if you’re not ; ), I think it would be good with raspberry or cherry jam, too.
- 3/4 cup crumbled chocolate-wafer cookies (about 18 cookies)
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 pound cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup apricot jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Mix cookies and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar in a bowl. Stir in butter. Press 1 tablespoon of mixture in bottom of each cup. Bake until set, about 7 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.
- Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees. Beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, then vanilla. With mixer running, add eggs slowly, scraping down side of bowl. Add sour cream and salt. Pour batter into muffin cups, filling almost to the tops.
- Bake until sides are set but centers are wobbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Wrap tins tightly with plastic, and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
- Warm jam in a small saucepan until liquidy. Strain through a sieve. Spoon 1 teaspoon jam on top of each cake.