Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

It all starts with a lovely cookie-like layer on the bottom, then it continues with a creamy and delicious cream cheese filling with chunks of delicious cinnamon apple scattered here and there, then there’s a crumbly and crunchy topping, and finally – a good portion of luscious caramel on top.
Photo by Mary S.
Adapted from zoomyummy.com

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

16

servings

Adapted from zoomyummy.com

Ingredients

  • DOUGH:

  • 1

    cup all purpose flour

  • 1/2

    cup brown sugar

  • 1

    cup butter, room temperature

  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:

  • 2

    (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

  • 1/2

    cup granulated white sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2

    eggs

  • APPLE FILLING:

  • 2

    larger apples (Golden Delicious)

  • 1/2

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2

    tablespoon granulated white sugar

  • CRUMB TOPPING:

  • 1/2

    cup oatmeal

  • 1/2

    cup brown sugar

  • 1

    cup butter, room temperature

  • 1

    cup all purpose flour

  • TOPPING:

  • 3/4

    cup sundae caramel topping

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Dough: In a bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender (or a fork) until the mixture is crumbly. Press the dough evenly into a 13 × 9-inch baking pan or a cookie sheet with edges. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cream Cheese Filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar until smooth (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time (beat about 20 seconds after each addition). Next add the vanilla and mix until combined. Pour the cream cheese batter over the warm crust. Apple filling: Peel the apples and chop them into 3/4-inch (2 cm) chunks. Mix the apple chunks with the cinnamon and two tablespoons white sugar. Spoon the apple chunks evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Crumb Topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar for crumb topping. Cube the butter and using a pastry blender (or a fork), create a crumbly mixture. Crumble over the cream cheese and apple mixture. Bake 30 minutes, or until the filling is set. Reduce the temperature to 300 °F (150 °C) for the last 5 minutes. Cut into bars and drizzle with the caramel topping.

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