Friday, October 21, 2011

S+S chow: caramel apple cheesecake bars

'Tis the season. Right? We have been loading you lovelies up with caramel apple recipes like woah, lately. Hey, apples are at their finest hour right now, why not give them the attention that they deserve? This recipe is no exception to the rule. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Happy. Friday. Seriously. 
Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 


Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel topping, recipe follows
1/2 cup caramel topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
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 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

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, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

4 comments:

  1. Now girls THIS is downright MEAN!!!!!!! OMG you just know I have to make this and that my sleepy printer is already cranking up to print out this baby! YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!!

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  2. There's no way I can see this recipe and not make at some point this fall... these looks delicious!!

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  3. MMMmmm these are making me rethink my decision to cut back on baked goods:) Great Blog girls! I'm going to share on my face book page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/SimpleSmiles/141023512654235
    an let my fans know! YUM!

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