We found the most delightful recipe from Ifyougiveablondeakitchen.com for mouth-watering apple cheesecake bars. The ingredients are below but for the full tutorial with pictures, head on over to her site!
- 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (50 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (113 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/3 cup (67 g) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 small apples, peeled, cored and chopped¹
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg, optional
- 1/2 cup (100 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (62 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (25 g) rolled oats
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup (56 g or 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and brown sugar. Add the butter and use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden in color.
In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Then add egg and vanilla. Beat to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples (I suggest using an apple peeler), 1 tablespoon sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Distribute evenly over cheesecake mixture.
In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and butter. Either stir ingredients together using a wooden spoon or, better yet, use your clean hands to combine the butter into the mixture.
Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the apple layer. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until streusel is light brown and filling is set. Let bars cool in the pan to room temperature, then transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours. Serve cold and enjoy!
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