The 2017 winner of the First Bank Bake-Off for charity was a caramel apple cheesecake bar. We know you want the recipe!
Each fall, the First Bank staff plan a week-long series of events for the employees to raise money for charity. Today’s event was the annual Bake-Off, which produced a room full of killer dessert recipes!
This year’s grand prize-winning recipe is Kimberley’s Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. A cross between a butter cookie, apple crisp and dense cheesecake, it is DE-LISH!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Servings 16 bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar , plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 apples , peeled, cored and finely chopped (favorite kind)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
For the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.
Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy! Make 16 servings.
Let us know what you think about this winning recipe!