Monday, October 8, 2012

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars


I was thrilled to find out that my Secret Recipe Club assignment for this month was Peggy from the blog, "Feeding Andy."  I've been following her posts for quite a while now ever since the time that she used to blog over at, "My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good."  With all the great food that comes from her kitchen, I'd say that Andy is one very lucky person.

I decided to make her Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars.  They just have autumn written all over them and combine every delicious thing into one treat.  Cheesecake?  Yum!  Streusel?  My favorite!  Caramel apple-y goodness?  You don't need to ask me twice.

 

The only changes I made were to double the ingredients for the crust and to use caramel ice cream topping since I had a jar of it in my fridge.  Other than that, I kept the recipe as is.  These bars were a delight to eat.  Creamy, crunchy, sweet and gooey.  Whatever you do, do not skip the caramel topping because that is what really makes these bars pop!  I shared these bars with some friends and they got some rave reviews.


Thanks Peggy for a great recipe!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars (from My Fiance Likes It So It Must Be Good)

Crust:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, slightly chilled and cubed

Filling:

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced (I used Gala apples)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Streusel:

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, slightly chilled and cubed
1 cup flour

caramel ice cream topping

To make the crust, combine flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl.  Cut the butter into the mixture with your fingers or a fork until the mixture is crumbly.

Press the dough into a 9x13 inch pan in an even and flat layer.  Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Set aside.

Make the filling by beating cream cheese and 1/2 cup of sugar in a large bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, until just incorporated.  Stir in vanilla until just combined.

In a small bowl, combine the apples with the cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of sugar.  Let sit for about 1-2 minutes, then gently fold into cream cheese mixture.

Pour the batter over top of the warm crust.

Make the topping by combining the oats, flour, and brown sugar.  Cut the butter into the mixture until it is chunky and crumbly.

Top the cream cheese mixture with an even layer of the topping. 

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until cream cheese mixture is set and topping is a nice golden brown.

Drizzle caramel topping over cheesecake.


21 comments:

  1. Wow! These look incredible :-) Great SRC pick

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  2. Yes, totally perfect for the season. They look delicious!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.

    Lisa~~

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  3. This is one of my absolute favorites Lisa! So glad to see you got my blog and I'm glad that you enjoyed these bars =)

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  4. Yum! I've seen these floating around since last Fall, and now I'm reminded that I need to make them. Great pick!

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  5. That looks so good! Cheesecake - Apple - Caramel - that's a must try in my book :) Great choice!

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  6. These make me want to hop up and go make them now! They are very drool worthy!

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  7. Wow might be the only appropriate word. These sound great!

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  8. Wow, those do look delicious and perfect for fall! Going to have to come up with an excuse to make them! Perfect post!

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  9. These bars look scrumptious !
    Pinned

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  10. Ooh, these look amazing, Lisa!!! I would have picked this recipe, too :)

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  11. Wow these do contain everything amazing!! Great recipe to choose! :)

    Sues

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  12. That looks so delicious. Your desserts always do. Come visit Lisa we are having a great giveaway this week!

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  13. These look really good Lisa. What a great pick for SRC!

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  14. These cheesecake bars look delicious! I wish I could have a couple right now - sweet dreams :-)

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  15. I just left a comment but I don't see it.. Anyways, just wanted to say that I love your cheesecake bars. Great pick for the apple season!

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  16. Oh my, rave reviews on my end too, these look just amazing and decadent. Great choice for src

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  17. On what temp?? Lol add mine is now coming in the oven

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  18. Oh my gosh, these bars are gorgeous. Love the blog you got too. Lucky duck.

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  19. I have seen these all over the place on Pinterest, but none look quite as good as yours. Dessert porn! I would hve chosen these too!

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