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Apple Cheesecake Bars

My Granny Alice gave this recipe to me a couple of weeks ago and told me that I must try it. She is an amazing cook and I know after all these years that when she says it is worth a try, that I should listen. I am so glad I did. It is Incredible! I know you will think so too. I think Cherry or blueberry would be just a good. I have not tried it yet, but I will be sure I do. If you try it first, please let me know.

Apple Cheesecake Bars – 24 barsAPPLE CHEESECAKE BARS

1 pouch of Betty Crocker oatmeal cookie mix, 1/2 C firm butter, 2 packages of cream cheese, softened, 1/2 C sugar, 2 TB flour, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 egg, 1 can apple pie filling, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 C chopped walnuts.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of a 8×10 inch pan.

Place cookie mix in a bowl; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 C of crumb mixture for later. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla  and egg until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked crust. I make my own pie filling, but you can use a 21oz. can of your favorite and mix the cinnamon in with the pie filling. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Bake 45-50 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool 30 minutes and then refrigerate to chill at least 2 hours, but its better overnight.

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