My sister found this recipe here. I really wanted to make a cheesecake/apple pie. This seemed to fit perfectly for what I was looking for. It was really good. My dad loved it! Making cheesecake in a bar form was so nice to cut and serve up. It was also easier than baking mini cheesecakes. These were easy to make. I managed to bake them on Christmas day even with all of my holiday cooking going on.
For the crust
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 sticks of butter, softened
For the cheesecake filling
- 3 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
For the apples
- 3 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored, and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
For the streusel topping
- 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats
- 1 stick of butter, softened
Caramel Topping - I didn't use any
- Preheat the oven to350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour and brown sugar.
- Using your hands, a pastry blender, or two forks cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
- Grease a 9x13 pan. Press the mixture into the pan.
- Bake the crust for 15 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
- In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with the sugar until it is smooth.
- Next mix in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla.
- Pour the cheesecake mixture over the crust.
- Then mix together the chopped apple, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour it over the cream cheese mixture.
- Next mix together the brown sugar, flour, oats, and the butter until it is evenly mixed together.
- Sprinkle this mixture over the apples.
- Bake the bars for 40-50 minutes, or until the filling is set.
- Allow the bars to cool before drizzling with caramel.
- Keep the bars refrigerated.