Monday, October 15, 2012

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Bars

These were the BOMB!  I made them when I knew we were having company!  :-)  I love Milky Ways so knew this recipe would be well received!  I was right.  I like that it makes a smaller pan, too.

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Bars
For the Cookie Layer

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1/2 sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
2 c. chopped Milky Way candy bars (I used the Caramel Apple--the fun size bag worked!)

For the Cheesecake Layer

1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
2 Tbsp. flour

For the Topping

4 oz. caramel candies (about 14 squares)
4 Tbsp. heavy cream (Beth thinks I will start with 2 T next time)
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening

For the Cookie Layer

Cream the butter, shortening, sour cream, and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, crumbs, baking soda, and salt and slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in the candies by hand. Press half the mixture into a greased 8 inch pan. Pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Drop the rest of the dough by spoonfuls gently on top of the cheesecake. Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely. Drizzle with caramel and chocolate. Refrigerate.

For the Cheesecake Layer
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until creamy. Add the egg and caramel and beat again. Stir in the flour. Pour on cookie dough in pan.

For the Topping

Place the caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan. Heat and stir until melted and creamy. In a small microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and shortening. Heat for 20 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Place in a bag and cut one corner off.


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