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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars

So today I noticed the date and started freaking out.

Why? Because we’re into the third week of November and I have yet to begin my Christmas shopping. Like, I haven’t even bought Christmas cards. By December 1st last year I had all my Christmas shopping – and most of the wrapping – done. So far, all I’ve done this year is scan through a few websites and make a note of stuff I think My Official Treat Taster would like, but even that list isn’t solid. Does anyone else think “Ooh! That would make a great gift for my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/neighbour/goldfish” then realise that that person probably wouldn’t be interested in the gift at all, when in fact it’s you who wants the gift?

I do it all the time without even realising. It’s like my brain is scheming against me. “Yes Nicky, I’m sure your boyfriend would love those super-cute pink cupcake liners for Christmas. Who wouldn’t?” Just like these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars. According to my brain, I was making them for My Official Treat Taster who loves caramel, apples, cheesecake, oats and erm… bars? But who ended up eating most of them? Yeah, me.

But they were so so good. Like a tiny bit of fall in every mouthful. I’m not going to kid you – they’re not pretty. They crumble all over the place and don’t cut in definitive bar-shaped, but I still love them. An oaty, buttery Graham cracker base, layered with caramel and apples, topped with traditional cheesecake, layered with oaty crisp topping and smothered in caramel. What’s there not to love?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 9 bars

Serving Size: 3x3 inch bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup crushed Graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 16oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup caramel sauce

Recipe

  1. Line a 9"x9" baking dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together the Graham cracker crumbs, oats and butter until all the liquid has been dissolved. Press into the bottom of the baking dish and refrigerate.
  3. Peel and chop the apples into small chunks - about half an inch cubed. Toss the apple chunks in the cinnamon and layer them on top of the oat and Graham cracker base.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla until light and thick. Pour on top of the apples and use the back of a spoon to spread it evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, flour and oats. Rub in the butter with your finger tips until only a few pea-sized pieces of butter remain.
  6. Sprinkle the oaty topping on top of the cheesecake layer and bake for 40-50 minutes or until fully set.
  7. Remove from the oven and pour over the caramel sauce.
  8. Leave to cool completely before serving.
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30 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Oaty Bars

  1. I so understand what you’re saying about the holidays sneaking up on you this year. I’m feeling that way too. Ah well, I always did work best under a deadline! ;)

    I see you have had apples on your mind too. This bar looks delicious and your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  2. All I can say is that you have the best recipes. I did not know which one to feature; all look delicious. This won. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays.

  3. Oh wow, so many of my favorite words in one recipe title! These look absolutely delicious, and I can’t wait to try making them this holiday season. Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking up to What’d You Do This Weekend. Pinned :-)

  4. So many foods that just aren’t pretty are SO good. One of my favorite “looks terrible but taste great” foods is brunswick stew. Who cares if it all runs (or crumbles) together as long as it tastes great? Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made!

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