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Apple Cheesecake Crumb Bars

Shortbread crust with a cheesecake filling, cinnamon-spiced apples and a crumb topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 9 to 16 squares (depending on how large you cut them)
Calories 422 kcal
Author Michelle

Ingredients

For the Crumb Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter at cool room temperature

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter at cool room temperature

For the Filling:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar divided
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 small apples any variety, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Make the Crumb Topping: In a small bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar and oats. Using a fork, your fingers or a pastry blender, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly. Refrigerate the topping while you prepare the bars.
  3. Make the Crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar and salt. Add the butter and, using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles wet sand. Turn the mixture into the pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, or until light brown and set. Remove the pan to a wire rack.
  4. Make the Filling: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese with ¼ cup of the sugar until it's well-combined and smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla and salt, and beat just until the mixture is uniform. Pour over the crust and smooth into an even layer.
  5. In a small bowl, toss the apples with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar, the cinnamon and nutmeg, ensuring that the apples are evenly coated. Distribute the apples evenly over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the apples.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the filling is set and the center does not jiggle. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the bars cool completely, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving. The bars can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one bar

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cheesecake Crumb Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 422 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 135mg4%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 885IU18%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.