Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

yield: 12 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES PLUS CHILL TIME

cook time: 40 MINUTES

One bite of these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars will leave you wanting another! Cookie crust with creamy cheesecake filling, fresh apples, and a thick brown sugar streusel, all topped with a drizzle of decadent caramel sauce!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 box (11 oz) vanilla wafer cookies (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package (12 oz) Crunch Pak sliced apples (peeled), about 4 cups diced apples

FOR THE STREUSEL:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, process cookies until fine crumb. Slowly add in melted butter and mix until completely combined (I just pulse a few times). Press into the bottom of your prepared dish.
  3. Bake crust for about 8 minutes, remove and cool while preparing cheesecake filling (doesn’t need to be cooled completely).
  4. For the filling, combine white chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat one minute and stir until melted and smooth (heat additional 15 seconds if needed). Set aside.
  5. In a mixer, combine cream cheese with sugar and cornstarch and beat until fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and spices. Slowly beat in white chocolate mixture. Pour over prepared crust. Top with diced apples. Set aside.
  6. In a bowl, combine streusel ingredients and mix with hands until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples. Return to oven and bake for 40 minutes. Center may be slightly jiggly. Cool completely then refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight).
  7. When ready to serve, cut into bars and drizzle with caramel sauce. ENJOY!

 

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