{Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars}

This dessert is heaven sent. The crust is perfect and the cheesecake is moist and delicious. And the apple and streusel topping make it the perfect fall treat. This has become a new favorite dessert that I will be making again and again.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

 Cheesecake Filling:
 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 Tbs sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

 Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
 1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened I
n a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

 1/2 cup caramel topping

 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 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. 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, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and serve cool. Enjoy!

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