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Caramel-Apple Cheesecake Bars

 Caramel-Apple Cheesecake Bars
These pecan-topped bars are yummy any time of year, but they’re especially good during cooler months when you’re craving something rich and satisfying. —Katy Roche, Batavia, Illinois
24 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • APPLE LAYER:
  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • CARAMEL LAYER:
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, pecans, butter and brown

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Caramel-Apple Cheesecake Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • sugar. Press onto the bottom of a well-greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the apples, flour and sugar; spoon over
  • crust. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just
  • until combined. Pour over apples.
  • In a small saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over
  • medium heat until smooth; pour over cream cheese layer. In a small
  • bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over caramel.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2
  • hours. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 303 calories, 17 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.