Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cooking Thursday

I've got a yummy recipe for you today! I made these last week for the Open house we had for Andy. They're called bars, but I would say it's more like a dessert. This is a recipe from Paula Deen so you know it's good!
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
(Paula Deen)

2 cups flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons divided
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, cut and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Streusel topping - recipe follows
1/2 cup caramel topping

Streusel topping
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup butter, softened
In small bowl combine all ingredients

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mix is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir until smooth and pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mix.
Sprinkle evenly with streusel topping. Bake for 30 minutes or until filling is set.
Drizzle with caramel topping.


Melissa said...

Looks delicious!!!

Pat said...

When you said Paula Deen, that got my attention!
These looks amazing. I need some!

Terri said...

Those look good!!

Cherdecor said...

These do look delicious! I like any recipe that is baked in a 13x9x2 pan.

Betty said...

Sounds delicious! Will try it some day soon.

Bonnie said...

these look delicious ! luckily, i'm planning my menu today and these are going on it !!

Carol said...

Yummmmmm....look and sound delicious!

Nancy said...

Yum, my favorite apples, I think I can smell it!!!

Sandra said...

wow those look so good Mari :)