THE SELF WORTH DIET – Because Low Self Esteem Is Fattening

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

This recipe is just slightly changed from Paula Deen’s recipe.  I’m going to make it into a full cheesecake but thought I would try this first.  There are about 4 layers so it takes a little bit of time but it is well worth it.  It is beyond delicious and rich.

Crust:

2 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup brown sugar

1 Cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

Cheesecake:

3 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened (at room temperature)

3/4 Cup sugar

3 Large eggs

1 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla

Apples:

3 Granny smith apples, peeled and finely chopped

2 tablespoons sugar

Streusel Topping:

1 Cup brown sugar

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup cooking oats

1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter

Caramel topping:

1/2 cup caramel topping after baked

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Press the mixture evenly into a 9 X 13 pan lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs one at a time, and vanilla. Stir until combined then pour over the warm crust.
  4. In a small bowl combine the apples and 2 tablespoons of sugar then spoon evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
  5. For the streusel topping: In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, flour, oats and softened butter. It should be somewhat crumbly when combined. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Drizzle the caramel topping on top and let cool. Refrigerate overnight then serve.

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