Saturday, October 6, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These were quick and easy to make. I like that they were made in a 9 x 9 pan. Since both girls are away at school, I need to learn to scale down my recipes! I served this to friends and everyone loved it!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Cream Cheese Filling

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp, divided
1 egg
2 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and small diced
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup caramel sauce

1.      Preheat oven to 350°
2.      Line a 9x9 baking pan with foil.
3.      In a medium sized bowl combine crust ingredients, flour, brown sugar and butter. Using a pastry cutter, or fork combine the ingredients until they make a coarse crumb.
4.      Press mixture firmly in the bottom of the pan and bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.
5.      Meanwhile, in a mixing bow, combine cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Beat until combined and smooth. Set aside.
6.      Dice apples and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Stir until coated evenly. Set aside.
7.      Make streusel by combining all ingredients, light brown sugar, flour, oats and butter and stir with your pastry cutter or fork until evenly mixed. Set aside.
8.      When crust is done baking, spread the cream cheese mixture on top of warm crust, top with diced apples and finally with streusel.
9.      But back in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is set.
10.    When done drizzle caramel sauce all over the top.
11.    Let the pan cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes and then place in refrigerator to chill for approximately 2 hours, or overnight.
12.    Cut into squares when ready to serve.
store in an airtight container for up to 3 days recipe adapted from Paula Deen

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