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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars With Streusel Topping

By Paula Deen
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 15

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 peeled, cored and finely chopped Granny Smith apples
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons divided sugar
  • 2 (8 oz) packages softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed and divided brown sugar
  • 3 cups divided all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3 sticks softened and divided butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 °F.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Cut in 2 sticks butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13-by-9-by-2 inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.

Streusel Topping

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup oats and 1 stick softened butter.