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Streusel Topped Apple Cheesecake Bars

Streusel Topped Apple Cheesecake Bars
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 3 hr 30 min
  • Servings 9
Apple cheesecake bars topped with granola streusel are a refreshing twist on the traditional cinnamon and apple crumble cake.
By Inspired Taste
Updated August 27, 2012
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • For a special touch, drizzle the bars with caramel topping before serving.
  • Swap out the apples for pears, if desired.

Nutrition Facts are not available for this recipe
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