Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars

Found this one on the Betty Crocker website!

Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars

1 pouch oatmeal cookie mix (1 lb. 1.5 oz)
1/2 cup firm butter or margarine
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 T all purpose flour
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350.  Spray bottom and sides of 13x9 pan.

Place cookie mix in large bowl.  With fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and course.  Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture and press remaining into bottom of pan.  Bake 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially bakes crust.  In medium bowl,, mix pie filling and cinnamon.  Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top.  Sprinkle with walnuts (optional).

Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer or until light golden brown.  Cool about 30 minutes.  Refrigerate to chill about 2 hours.  For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.  Store covered in fridge.  Makes 24 bars.

Our Review:  YUMMY!!  I did not use the walnuts.  We all agreed this was even better after it had chilled in the fridge overnight!  This would be really good with any flavor pie filling, we're going to try strawberries next!

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