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Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake

 Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake
I've always felt a special connection to my grandmother Shirley because she was the most wonderful baker. I think she would be especially proud of my cheesecakes. This apple cheesecake has come to be a family favorite. —Sarah Gilbert Hartwell, Beaverton, Oregon
16 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 25 cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine crushed cookies and butter. Press onto the
  • bottom of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Place
  • pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a
  • wire rack.

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Streusel-Topped Apple Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheeses and sugar until smooth. Beat in
  • the milk, flour and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Pour 2 cups filling over crust. In a large bowl, toss the
  • apples, brown sugar and cinnamon until well coated; arrange over
  • filling to within 1 in. of edges. Pour remaining filling over apple
  • mixture. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients. Sprinkle over
  • cheesecake. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour
  • longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 16
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 262 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.