Thursday, March 8, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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My daughter who is on her Spring break has been home this week. It’s the first time in many years that she didn’t go somewhere for her break. And I for one have enjoyed having her home. We did a marathon day of having lunch and shopping yesterday. She is in to Pinterest almost as much as me and she is the one who spotted this delicious dessert and made it for us the other night. It’s unbelievably good! It’s a cross between a cheesecake and an apple pie. And to top it off, it’s drizzled with caramel.

It was pinned from The Girl Who Ate Everything and is one of Paula Deen’s recipes. I told my daughter that this is going to be one of those things that everyone is going to ask her to bring to a party. She is going to become the designated dessert bringer with this one. :)

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It makes a HUGE 9” x 13” pan. And a little piece is all you need because it’s so rich. But you will probably find yourself going back for just a sliver more two or three times at least.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9” X 13” baking pan line with heavy duty aluminum foil. (We used a glass baking pan sprayed with Pam and it worked out fine.) Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. (It was closer to 20 minutes for our crust.) Set aside and let cool while you make the cheesecake filling.

Cheesecake Filling:

3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar plus 2 Tbsp, divided

3 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over the warm crust.

Apples:

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

Streusel Topping

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 Tbsp sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel Topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold. Drizzle with additional caramel topping if you like.

Enjoy!

7 comments:

greenthumb said...

I will be making your cheesecake, it looks so yum.

Ti said...

I could probably make this gluten free. It looks amazing! When I saw it, three words came to mind:

Oh. My. Word!

Jane said...

Like mother, like daughter! The dessert looks delicious!
Jane

ButterYum said...

I bet this would be wonderful served with brunch. Yummo - pinning it!

:)
ButterYum

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

This cheesecake bar looks amazing. I am bookmarking this for Easter.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

Lisa, these look fantastic! Love apples and anything apple associated, especially sweet treats like these!

Suzy said...

Oh.my.goodness. My husband will die for this! I'm so glad you're able to have some mommy-daughter time.