Fridays Foods

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars - cheesecake over a graham cracker crust covered with cinnamon apples, a streusel topping and drizzled with sweet caramel.

Ingredients
Crust
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup butter melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Cheesecake Filling
1 8 oz. package cream cheese softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Apple Layer
1 Granny Smith apple
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves


Streusel Topping

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter melted


Caramel Drizzle
12 individually wrapped caramels
1 tablespoon heavy cream
OR salted caramel sundae topping

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8 X 8-inch baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the crust: graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and melted butter, and mix well with a fork.
Place crust mixture into prepared baking dish, pressing down gently with your fingers.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until soft and smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add the sugar, egg and vanilla and beat until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Pour over crust, spreading evenly.
In a medium bowl, combine ingredients for the apple layer: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Mix well.
Peel, core and dice the apple into small pieces. Add to dry ingredients and toss to coat.
Distribute evenly over the cheesecake layer in the baking dish.
In another medium bowl, combine ingredients for streusel topping: brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon, and melted butter. Mix welll until a coarse meal is formed. Sprinkle evenly over apple layer.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until streusel is golden.
Transfer baking dish to a wire rack to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for an hour or more to set.
For the caramel drizzle, in a microwavable bowl, melt the caramels on increments of 30 seconds, until smooth, stirring in between. Allow to cool slightly and stir in the heavy cream.
Drizzle with homemade caramel sauce or caramel sundae sauce topping before serving.

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