Sunday, 29 September 2013

Apple Cheesecake Bars with Crumble Topping

Like apple pie? Like cheesecake?  Then you'll LOVE this dessert!  If cheesecake and apple pie got married, this would be the offspring.  The crumble topping adds a nice crunch and complements the apple very well. This four layered dessert will hit all those sweet notes that you look for in a dessert but has great texture from the apples and the crumble topping.  This sweet, creamy and crunchy dessert will be a HIT at your next gathering!




In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix in butter with your hands until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13 x 9 baking pan that has been buttered or spayed with cooking spray (if your pan is non-stick then no cooking spray needed). 

Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Pour over warm crust that has just been baked in the oven.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. 

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until you get pea sized lumps that resemble a crumble. Sprinkle evenly over the apple layer.

Bake 30-40 minutes, or until filling is set. I ended up baking mine in 35 minutes.





Apple Cheesecake Bars with Crumble Topping

Crust Layer:
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (softened to room temp)
1 tsp cinnamon

"Cheesecake" Layer:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/4 C sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Layer:
3 Granny Smith apples (or whatever you like), peeled, cored and finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp sugar

Crumble Topping:
1/2 C firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 C flour
1/4 quaker oats (or your own creative blend of chopped nuts if you like)
1/2 stick butter, softened to room temp


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crust Layer:
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon and brown sugar. Mix in butter with your hands until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13 x 9 baking pan that has been buttered or spayed with cooking spray (if your pan is non-stick then no cooking spray needed). Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cheesecake Layer:
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Pour over warm crust that has just been baked in the oven.

Apple Layer:
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. 

Crumble Topping:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until you get pea sized lumps that resemble a crumble. Sprinkle evenly over the apple layer.

Bake 30-40 minutes, or until filling is set. I ended up baking mine in 35 minutes.