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Preheat the oven to 350°F.
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Line a 12-cavity cupcake pan with baking papers. Set aside.
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Place the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Drizzle in the melted butter. Mix with a large fork until the crumbs are moistened and the mixture holds together when pinched.
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Divide the crumb mixture evenly among the cupcake liners. Use a tamper or the bottom of a glass to tightly pack the crumbs into the bottom of the liners.
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Bake the crusts on middle rack of oven until lightly golden brown at the edges, 7-8 minutes. When done, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
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While the crusts bake, prepare the filling. Place the cream cheese and granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat on medium-high speed until the cream cheese is completely smooth and no lumps remain, 3-4 minutes. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract, and beat until completely combined, about 1 minute.
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Add the egg to the bowl and beat on the lowest speed just until the egg is incorporated and no streaks of yolk remain. Take care not to overbeat.
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Divide the cheesecake batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the cupcakes on middle rack of oven until the tops are puffed and very lightly golden, 18-19 minutes.
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Check to see that cupcakes are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.
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Carefully transfer the pan to the refrigerator and allow the cupcakes to set for a minimum of 3 hours before serving.