Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

A high angle close up shot of some apple cheesecake bars on a piece of parchment paper.
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 graham crackers)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake layer:
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • For the apple layer:
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the topping:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup pecans, chopped
Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, and brown sugar. Pour melted butter over and mix until well combined. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  3. In a clean medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until well combined. Pour over prepared crust.
  4. In a separate bowl, toss together the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg until apples are well coated. Arrange evenly over the cheesecake layer.
  5. In a small bowl, make the streusel topping. Stir together the flour, brown sugar, cranberries, and pecans. Add the butter and mix in until crumbly. Sprinkle topping evenly over the apples.
  6. Bake bars for 45-50 minutes, or until cheesecake layer has set. Allow to cool to room temperature, then chill for 2 hours before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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