Monday, September 21, 2009

I Can't Take the Credit, But I WILL Take the Calories

I had to walk an extra mile this morning just to walk off the yummy deliciousness that I consumed this weekend. But let me tell you, it was worth every single step.

I discovered this recipe last fall when I was looking for some kind of apple dessert. Well, wouldn't you know that my girl, Paula, would come through with a winner. I just love Paula, don't you?

Just the name of this recipe, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping, tells you it's pretty much a perfect recipe. I mean, who doesn't like Caramel anything? And Apples? Can't beat 'em for a fall dessert. And then there's Cheesecake--pretty much a perfect dessert any way you look at it. In bar form. And Streusel--I love anything with a streusel topping, don't you?

Yep, now that I've analyzed it, I'd have to say that this is pretty much a perfect dessert. If there were any way to work chocolate into it, it would be even more perfect, but that's O.K. We wouldn't want to mess with it too much and end up with a pile of gloppy mess that is anything less than perfection.

And so, in honor of Fall, which arrives today or tomorrow (I can't ever remember), and in honor of my sister, Jenn, who told me I needed more pictures on my blog, I give you Paula's recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping.

First, you make the base layer. It's pretty much a shortbread that you bake for 10 minutes.

Once that's done, you add your cheesecake layer.

Then some apples tossed with sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Yum!

And then add the streusel layer. Bliss!

Bake it all in the oven, then drizzle caramel topping over the whole thing. It will look like this.

And if you can even hold yourself back from taking a fork to the entire pan, cut yourself a nice piece and enjoy. With a tall glass of cold milk.

Then go walk an extra mile.

(Note: You can download and print Paula's recipe HERE. It's just so much easier to do it that way than to have me type it all out.)


  1. This looks yummy! The perfect recipe to take to the family picnic this weekend! Thanks!

  2. I'm so glad you told us to have it WITH a glass of milk. Now you could put it in a magazine article!

  3. Glad you can use it, Marie!

    Linda, that almost made me spew coffee all over my computer. Very funny!!

  4. omg! that looks so good! i would have to run an extra 3 miles because I'd probably go for 3 slices!

  5. If I can't have chocolate, apple is a verrrry good second choice. This looks delicious!!!

  6. 3 sticks of butter! You can tell it originted with Paula!

  7. I must pretend I didn't read this. THis is one of those "desserts" I would justify for breakfast since it has apples. Fruit for breakfast, with a few other things thrown in. WAHAAAAAHA

  8. I had friends over last night and I soooo wanted to make this recipe, but one of my guests is gluten-free so I couldn't do it. Definitely will try it out on some other guests soon!