Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I believe Matt described these as the most amazing dessert I've ever made. Nice! It better be, this recipe isn't exactly hard but it is kind of tedious. It is completely worth every bite and I'm salivating just writing about it. The original recipe I believe is adapted from a Paula Dean dessert.. totally not surprising. Enjoy!



Recipe borrowed from:http://therecipecritic.com/2013/10/caramel-apple-cheesecake-bars/
Image is my own

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup caramel topping
  • Streusel topping:
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup butter, softened
Preparation:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. This makes removal of the bars easier.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into the bottom of your 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, ½ sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust. In a small bowl combine apples, remaining 2 Tbs sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly on top of the cheesecake layer.
  4. Combine brown sugar,flour, cooking oats and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle streusel topping over the apple layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until filling is set. Allow to cool and drizzle with caramel topping.

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