Monday, April 29, 2013

Caramel Apple Cheese Bars

I have made these bars twice this week and it has become a scrumptious treat for us and many visitors. I even got to take some for my mom while she was in town. They aren’t too difficult and super worth the work.
Crust: 2 cups flour, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 2 sticks of butter
Combine and press into a 9x13 pan lined with foil. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Filling: 3(8 oz) cream cheese, 3/4 c. sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat cream cheese and sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla. Pour over warm crust.
Apples: chop up 3 apples and mix with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 T sugar, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and a pinch of ginger. Sprinkle over cheese mixture.
Streusel: 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. butter,1/2 c. pecans, 1/2 c. caramel. Combine all except the caramel. Sprinkle over apples and bake for 40-45 minutes. Drizzle with caramel after the bars have cooled and refrigerate until set.