Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I found a photo of these bars on Pinterest and if you take a look at this picture you will understand why I needed to make them.

Dreamy, aren't they?

I cut the recipe in half, so I used an 8x8 square pan in place of a 9x13. I adapted this recipe by adding lots of cinnamon. I added 1/2 Tablespoon to the bottom crust layer.

Couldn't stop eating this mixture.....butter, brown sugar, and oats.

Make your cheesecake and place over the bottom crust layer after it comes out of the oven. Toss apple slices with cinnamon and nutmeg and arrange over the cheesecake. Take that yummy butter, brown sugar, and oat mixture otherwise known as streusel and sprinkle across the top.

This is what it looks like straight out of the oven.

If you are like me and can't wait, throw it in the freezer to help it cool quickly so you can eat it sooner.

Do not, I repeat, do not forget the caramel topping.
My friend came over Saturday night and we ate some with berry champange and frozen vanilla yogurt.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
adapted by MySweetCreations from Paula Deen's original recipe.
Crust:

1 Cup all-purpose flour

1/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 Cup butter, softened

1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon



Cheesecake Filling:

12 ounces (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese, softened

1/2 Cup sugar

1 egg

1  teaspoon vanilla extract


Apples:

2 apples (I used Honeycrisp) , peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg



Streusel Topping:

1/2 Cup  brown sugar

1/2 Cup all-purpose flour

1/4 Cup quick cooking oats

1/4 Cup butter, softened


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 8x8 square baking pan.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add in egg and vanilla. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 20-30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.



4 comments:

  1. Wow... this looks amazing. I can see why not to forget the caramel!

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