These Classic Halloween Graveyard Cheesecake Bites are a take on the most iconic spookiest time of the year----Halloween. Based with a 'dirt-like' chocolate Graham Cracker crust, filled with a velvety dark purple 'midnight spooky' cheesecake, and topped with a black-spider web swirl; while being surrounded by skulls, eyeballs, and grim-like pumpkins; these cheesecake bites are the perfect Halloween treat for the entire family!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a 12-cavity cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
Grind the graham crackers, until almost finely ground (it’s OK to leave a few medium chunks, if your’e a lover of a little crunch!). Combine the Graham cracker, cacao powder, pure cane sugar and melted butter in a small bowl and mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
Divide the mixture between the cupcake liners (about 2 Tbsps per cup) and press down into the bottoms with your fingers to ensure that it’s perfectly covering the bottom.
Bake the crusts for about 5 minutes and then remove from oven and allow it to cool until you’re ready to use.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix together on low speed: the cream cheese, pure cane sugar, and flour until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl if needed.
Next, add the vanilla extract and the first egg and beat slowly until mostly combined. Then add the remaining egg and mix until well combined, still mixing everything on low speed. Now, add the sour cream and lemon juice and continue mixing.
Change mixer attachment to a whisk and beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or so until completely smooth and lump-free. Add in gel food colorings and continue mixing until well incorporated.
Add a small amount of filling to each cupcake liner (about 2 Tbsps), repeating until all batter is used. Using a toothpick (lightly dipped in black gel color), gently make swirls atop cheesecake batter. Repeat until all have been completed.
Bake the cheesecakes for 20-25 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow them to sit in the oven for another 5 minutes with the oven door halfway open to avoid cheesecakes from deflating. **NOTE: When baking, I always prepare a medium pot with water and add it to the oven as well, to keep cheesecake temperature even and to add moisture.**
Remove cheesecakes from the oven and allow them to continue to cool for another 15-20 minutes, before putting them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Once fully cooled, serve with your favorite grooling Halloween decor and enjoy.