Bavarian Apple Bars Recipe

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I first tasted these bars while volunteering in the kitchen at Christian camp. My husband and I were engaged at the time, and since his favorite desserts are apple pie and cheesecake, I knew the recipe needed to come home with me!—Crystal Stanley, Anchor, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled Golden Delicious or Fuji apples (about 8 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  2. For filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour into crust.
  3. In a large bowl, toss apples with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Arrange over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with almonds. Bake 50-60 minutes or until cream cheese layer is set and edges of crust are golden brown.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Bavarian Apple Bars in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2014

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2014

"These bars are fabulous. I lived in Munich for a while and they are so like the delicious pastries I enjoyed there. Everyone who has tried them (and there are a lot) has thought they are terrific. Thank you for sharing."

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