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Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars

Ever since I took my “baking from scratch” challenge I’ve been inclined to shun the pre-packaged desserts and the semi-homemade desserts. For some reason though I could not ignore this dessert. This a semi-homemade dessert. I’m posting this for the readers out there who do not bake from scratch (and even those who do bake from scratch). Let me tell you this dessert is AMAZING. It instantly made me feel like fall had arrived in Florida! I made a large pan of these and they were gone within two days. Everyone who had a cheesecake bar wanted seconds and thirds! I will definitely bake this easy-to-make dessert again!  

*The recipe called for chopped walnuts; however, i did not have them on hand and I omitted them from the recipe. I don’t think I’d ever add the walnuts into the cheesecake bars since they tasted delicious! I also added a dash of nutmeg to the apple pie filling–it was delicious! 

Source: Betty Crocker
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes + 2 hours chilling time
Servings: 12-24 bars


Ingredients:
1 pouch Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
1/2 cup firm butter
2 – 8oz packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1- 21oz can of apple pie filling
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1/4 chopped walnuts *optional


Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of 13×9 pan with cooking spray.


2. Place cookie mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbley and coarse. Reserve 1-1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake for 10 minutes. 


3. While the crumbs are baking; in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. 


4. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Then pour pie filling over the cream cheese mixture, making sure to smooth out the filling so that it evenly covers the cheesecake mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg, then sprinkle reserve crumbs over the top of the apple pie filling (covering all the filling). 


5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool for another 30 minutes then refrigerate to chill for about 2 hours. Cut the bars to desired size. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 

   

10 Responses to “Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray posted on October 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm (#)

    Found your blog through your guest post at Aggie's Kitchen. You have a new follower! :)

  2. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on October 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm (#)

    These look delicious! I'd like to invite you to share them tomorrow at our Seasonal Inspiration party.

    http://www.crumbsandchaos.blogspot.com

  3. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com posted on October 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm (#)

    My fav desserts are: cheesecakes & apple streusel. Did you read my mind before making this drool-worthy dessert? :D

  4. Russell at Chasing Delicious posted on October 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm (#)

    Yum. These bars look scrumptious! I love all things cheesecake and all things apple so I'd say this is a win win.

  5. Amy posted on October 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm (#)

    Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for linking up this week!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  6. Anonymous posted on December 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm (#)

    This sounds gteat, just finished one simular with out cheese. Spread apple ove base then a mixture of two egg sugar and cream and sprinkle with crumble. I will try this one today. Thanks Olly

  7. Donna posted on September 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm (#)

    Tried this today with cherry rather than apple – my hubby’s fave! Excellent! Thank you.

    • Katie replied on September 10th, 2012 at 12:04 am

      Donna, I LOVE this recipe. It is so easy to make and you can always change it up just like you did!

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