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Apple Cheesecake Bars

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!

Equipment

Crust

  •  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 butterroom temperature

Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 1/2  cups (12 ounces) cream cheeseroom temperature
  • 1/3  cup  (67 g) granulated sugar
  •  large eggroom temperature
  •  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Apples Layer

  •  small applespeeled, cored and chopped¹
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmegoptional

Streusel Topping

  • 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 butterroom temperature

Instructions

  • 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!

Check out the full recipe here:

Apple Cheesecake Bars

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