Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

Today marks my first annual Christmas cookie-baking marathon!u00c2u00a0 (hopefully)u00c2u00a0 Well, technically I’ll be baking both tomorrow and Saturday…can’t make everything Saturday morning.u00c2u00a0 I asked Luke’s family if I could bring dessert to their Christmas Eve party, and my offering of a cookie platter was accepted.u00c2u00a0 I’m so excited!u00c2u00a0 I’ve had the cookie recipes picked out for a week and am chomping at the bit to make them.u00c2u00a0 I get that way whenever I plan to bake something, or do things in general.u00c2u00a0 I’m always anxious to get started.

Especially to get started on a new holiday tradition.u00c2u00a0 This one though, will have a logical origin.u00c2u00a0 Unlike those of my past.u00c2u00a0 I asked my mother about where the pickle tradition came from…and she didn’t know either.u00c2u00a0 I guess it’ll just remain a mystery.u00c2u00a0 Baking Christmas cookies is always a logical tradition.u00c2u00a0 Heck, you don’t need a reason to make cookies ever.u00c2u00a0 Cookies in themselves are reason enough to make more cookies.u00c2u00a0 But making four different kinds might need a tiny bit of justification…just a smidgeon.u00c2u00a0 Which is that I get to keep all the cookies that don’t fit on the platter.u00c2u00a0 Score!

These bars need no justification at all.u00c2u00a0 Do you like apples?u00c2u00a0 Do you like cheesecake?u00c2u00a0 Is making an actual cheesecake a little excessive to justify at the moment? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be me, or at least, a very awesome person who would very much enjoy these bars.u00c2u00a0 A layer of shortbread combined with a layer of cheesecake filling topped with cinnamon apples and a buttery crumb topping, how could you resist?u00c2u00a0 Well, I couldn’t, and I was very glad to have done so.

Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large apple
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (half a stick) of butter, room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine the first two ingredients, then cut in butter with a fork, or your fingers, until the mixture is crumbly. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of a greased square 8” baking dish. Bake for 15 mins, or until lightly browned. Let cool when finished.
  2. While the dough is baking, make the cheesecake layer. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, then stir to combine. Finally, add the vanilla and stir to combine. To not overmix the batter, as that could lead to excess air incorporation, which could cause cracking.
  3. Pour the mixture over the warm crust. Peel and dice the apple. (I did this step first.) Mix with cinnamon and sugar, then covered the cream cheese layer with the apple chunks.
  4. In another small bowl, combine the oats, sugar and flour. Cut in butter with fork or fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Spoon over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the temperature down to 300 degrees for the last five minutes. Cool on wire rack, then cut into bars. Store bars in the refrigerator.
Notes
Makes one 8x8" pan, about 12 servings.

Adapted from Zoom Yummy

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