Monday, July 15, 2024

Apple Cream Cheese Bars

Apple Cream Cheese Bars are dessert bars filled with sweetened apples and a layer of cream cheese, topped and baked with crumbled oatmeal and drizzled with caramel sauce.


1 cup (80g) quick cooking oats
3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
2 cups (400g) packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks or 340g) butter, melted

2 packages (16 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature

4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Caramel cover, to decorate


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
Pour the melted butter over the mixture and mix until it crumbles.
Measure 2 cups of the mixture and set aside for topping.
Pour remaining mixture into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Press firmly into the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Mix with a hand blender at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one by one, until they are completely incorporated into the mixture.
Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine apples, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Place the apples on the cooked rind.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over the apples.
Crumble the reserved oatmeal mixture on top.
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
Allow to cool completely, then cool for 6 hours, until overnight.
Sprinkle with caramel topping when ready to serve. (optional)