1/2 cup (113 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups(12 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup (67 g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 small apples, peeled, cored and chopped¹
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinchof ground nutmeg, optional
1/2 cup (100 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (62 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (25 g) rolled oats
1/4 cup (56 g or 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Make the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and brown sugar. Add the butter and use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden in color.
Make the cheesecake mixture: In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Then add egg and vanilla. Beat to combine. Pour over warm crust.
Prepare apple layer: In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples (I suggest using an apple peeler), 1 tablespoon sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Distribute evenly over cheesecake mixture.
Make the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, cinnamon and butter. Either stir ingredients together using a wooden spoon or, better yet, use your clean hands to combine the butter into the mixture.
Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the apple layer. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until streusel is light brown and filling is set. Let bars cool in the pan to room temperature, then transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours. Serve cold and enjoy!
Best apple for baking: Granny Smith or Honey Crisp work best for baking.Store apple cheesecake bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.How to freeze apple cheesecake bars: Once the bars have been chilled, wrap them in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.Recommended tools: Kitchen scale, mixing bowls, apple peeler, hand mixer.