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Apple Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Crust:
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

Filling:
3-8 oz. packages cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 c. creamy peanut butter
3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla extract
3 apples, finely diced
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
1/2 c. oats
1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9x13 high sided baking pan with foil.  Spray the foil generously with cooking spray.
2.  Combine the crust ingredients and with your fingers press it down flat in the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
3.  In a stand mixer or using a hand held mixer combine the cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until smooth.  Add in the eggs one at a time along with the vanilla.  Pour this mixture over the warm crust, spreading evenly.
4.  In a bowl combine the chopped apples {no need to peel them} with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the apples onto the cheesecake filling.
5.  In another bowl combine the streusel ingredients; brown sugar, flour oats and softened butter. Using your hands mix it all together and sprinkle over the filling.
6.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the center is set.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least an hour.  Then keep in the fridge for storage.  Cut into squares once cold and serve.
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