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Caramel-Apple Cheesecake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling

Makes

2 dozen

These pecan-topped bars are yummy any time of year, but they’re especially good during cooler months when you’re craving something rich and satisfying. —Katy Roche, Batavia, Illinois

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • APPLE LAYER:
  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • CARAMEL LAYER:
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, pecans, butter and brown sugar. Press onto the bottom of a well-greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the apples, flour and sugar; spoon over crust. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over apples.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine caramels and milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth; pour over cream cheese layer. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over caramel.
  4. Bake at 350° until center is almost set, 35-40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 303 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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