Apple Cheesecake Bars

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So I was working at the hospital a few weeks ago and I walked in to see a patient. One of the nurses, Dana, asked me “did you run today?” And I said “Yup, 6 miles this morning, why?” “Because I made these amazing bars you have to try.”

And OMG she was right.

They were amazing.

My only regret. I shared my piece with Scott and Luke.

So, of course, I wasted no time, got the recipe and made them the next weekend.

There are quite a few steps for these bars. 4 layers in total. But it is 100% worth it.

Thick buttery crust. Smooth, rich cheesecake. Fresh, tart apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. Crunch from the walnuts. Topped with a streusel topping that is out of this world.

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Apple Cheesecake Bars

Crust
2 cups flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter – softened

Cheesecake filling
3 – 8oz packages cream cheese – softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 t vanilla

Apples
3 granny smith apples (or any tart baking apple) – peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t nutmeg
2 T sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Streusel topping
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup butter – softened

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender, fork or your hands until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 pan sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time and then vanilla. Beat until combined and smooth. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

In another small bowl, combine all ingredients of streusel topping and sprinkle over apple layer Bake about 45 minutes or until filling is set.

Cool and enjoy.

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And I have to share the background pictures of what was really happening when I was trying to take pics of this amazing dessert. . .

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my only reprieve was when he excused himself to go get a spoon. Winking smile

I am linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday this week!

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17 Responses to Apple Cheesecake Bars

  1. Sara

    O. M. G.!!! Seriously, Katie, you always have such amazing dessert recipes on the blog… Bad, Katie! Lol and why is it that I just so happen to have all of those ingredients, too? I definitely will be trying these soon! Thanks!

  2. Magical.

    Get. In. My. Mouth.
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  3. Those bars look amazing. I think I’m going to make them for my roadtrip this weekend, so we have something sweet and tasty to snack on. NOMS.
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  4. Oh WOW! Those look very awesome! I love apple stuff in the fall 🙂
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  5. OMG stop. These look so good! Cheesecake anything is good, but this is like a perfect fallish version!
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  6. Fiona

    Might just have to try these for Thanksgiving!!!

  7. Ohhhh MY! These look so yummy. Definitely pinning these to make one of these days!
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  8. Wow, that looks dangerous!! I seriously think I would eat the whole thing, haha!
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  9. & now I’m drooling! I’m not so sure I’d be able to stop @ just one.
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  10. a combo of my two fav things! I am drooling!