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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

 Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars
It's a caramel apple, cheesecake and streusel-topped apple pie all rolled into one irresistible dessert. If you can’t resist a “taste test” before a party, just arrange them on a serving platter and no one will know a piece is missing from the pan! —Katherine White, Clemmons, North Carolina
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • STREUSEL:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup hot caramel ice cream topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown
  • sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a well-greased
  • 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and
  • vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Spread over crust.

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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a small bowl, toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining
  • sugar; spoon over cream cheese layer. In another bowl, mix flour,
  • brown sugar and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over
  • apple layer.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel
  • topping; cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2
  • hours. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 191 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.