Cooking with Cosmos: Apple Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake is good. Apple crisp is good. Together they’re really good. Make them with Cosmos Creations? We’ve...
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Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Cheesecake is good. Apple crisp is good. Together they’re really good. Make them with Cosmos Creations? We’ve got our next recipe for Cooking with Cosmos and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing dessert!

Ingredients

  • 10  Cups  Cinnamon Crunch Cosmos Creations, divided
  • 3/4  Cups  butter, melted
  • eight ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • eggs
  • 1/2  Cup  sour cream
  • 1/2  Cup  sugar
  • 1  Teaspoon  vanilla
  • granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1  Cup  brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1  Cup  flour
  • 1/2  Cup  quick cooking oats
  • 1/2  Cup  butter, softened

Directions

Preheat your 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pour the 8 cups of Cinnamon Crunch Cosmos in.  Process until ground fine. Pour into a medium sized bowl, reserving 1 cup out for later use. Mix in the melted butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into the bottom of the greased baking dish. Bake for 8 minutes.

While the crust is baking, begin preparing your cheesecake filling. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisking attachment, beat cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, sugar and vanilla, scraping the sides with a rubber spatula when needed. Using just over half of the remaining ground Cinnamon Cosmos, sprinkle over the apples and toss until they are all coated.

Pour the remaining ground Cosmos in a medium bowl (you can use the same bowl that was used for the crust mix). Add the brown sugar, flour and quick cooking oats. Mix until just blended. Using a pastry cutter, blend in the softened butter until mix is crumbly.

Remove the crust from the oven. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the Cosmos covered apples. Top with the crisp toppings, coating as evenly as possible. Bake, uncovered for approximately 45 minutes. Top will be browned and crumbly and the edges of the cheesecake will have browned.

Let the dish cool to room temperature. Once cooled, cover with foil and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Once chilled completely, cut into squares, serve and be prepared for everyone to tell you how fantastic it is!

Apple Shopping Tip

When buying apples, they should be firm, free of bruises, and heavy for their size.

Apple Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.