Streusel Topped Apple Cheesecake Bars

Bloggers Adam and Joanne Gallagher from Inspired Taste make cheesecake bars topped with apples and a granola streusel

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 9

Crust

9
graham cracker rectangles
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
1
teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4
cup unsalted butter, melted

Cheesecake Filling

2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2
eggs
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4
cup lemon juice
1/2
cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2
cups chopped apples
1
teaspoon lemon juice

Streusel Topping

3/4
cup packed light brown sugar
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
6
tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2/3
cup Cascadian Farm® organic French vanilla almond granola

  • 1 Heat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 8- or 9-inch square pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • 2 In food processor, place graham crackers, granulated sugar and lemon peel. Cover; process until fine crumbs form. Add melted butter. Cover; process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 3 Meanwhile, wipe food processor bowl with paper towels to remove any crumbs. Add cream cheese, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Cover; process until smooth and creamy. Pour filling over partially baked crust.
  • 4 In small bowl, toss apples with 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Sprinkle over filling.
  • 5 In medium bowl, mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, the flour and cold butter with fork or fingers until crumbly. Stir in granola. Sprinkle over apples and filling.
  • 6 Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and center is almost set (center should jiggle only slightly when moved). Cool on cooling rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into 3 rows by 3 rows.

Expert Tips

For a special touch, drizzle the bars with caramel topping before serving.

Swap out the apples for pears, if desired.