Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars~

Adapted from Paula Deen

 

1 cup flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick butter), at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup sugar plus 1 heaping T, divided

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 small to medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Streusel:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup Quick Oats (optional)

1/4 cup (1/2 stick), butter, at room temperature


1/2 cup+ caramel topping (jarred or use recipe below)


Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8 inch pan with non-stick foil or foil sprayed with Pam.


Combine flour and brown sugar.  Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives till mixture is crumbly.  Press evenly into prepared pan.  Bake 12 minutes or till lightly browned.

 

With mixer, beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar till smooth.  Add egg and vanilla and blend.  Pour over crust and smooth top.

 

Combine apples with the remaining sugar and cinnamon.  Toss to coat and sprinkle over cream cheese mixture.


Prepare streusel by combining all ingredients.  Crumble evenly over apples.  Bake for 30 minutes or till filling is set.  Drizzle with caramel sauce.


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