Apple Cheesecake Bar Recipe

I love spending time with my god son. He’s 7 now, and can actually help with baking etc without making a bigger mess. Can you tell that I don’t have kids?

Anyway, J, like me, loves anything cheesecake. I feel that he takes after me when it comes to that. We searched for something that he could take to school and not need a fork to eat at lunch. (See, I am good godmother)

This is what we found: Apple Cheesecake Bars.

 

 

Ingredients

For the Crust:
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/3 cup oats
For the Cheesecake Layer:
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Apple Layer:
    • 3 apples (peeled, cored, & chopped)
    • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
    • 3/4 tablespoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
For the Topping:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the Crust:
    1. In a food processor or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, place butter, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oats. Pulse or mix until dough forms.
    2. Press dough into bottom of 9×9-inch square baking pan.
    3. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Keep an eye on this. It could more/less time depending on your oven.
    4. Remove from oven and set aside.
For the Cheesecake Layer:
    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla until well combined.
    2. Spread evenly over slightly cooled crust.
For the Apple Layer:
    1. In a large bowl, mix together apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.
    2. Spread apples over cream cheese.
For the Topping:
  1. Combine flour, oats, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  2. With a pastry knife or fork, cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
  3. Sprinkle topping over apple layer.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden and center is set.
  5. Remove from oven and cool before slicing.
  6. Store in refrigerator.
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