Cheesecake Walnut Caramel Apple Crisp Bars

 

cheesecake caramel apple crisp bars made with a walnut oat topping you'd never guess was nuts! #thinkfisher ohsweetbasil.com

 

I am so excited about this post for you all! First of all, it’s a combo of our favorites in bar form, creamy cheesecake and apple crisp! Plus, we have been bursting to tell you that we have decided to sign on with Fisher Nuts to be their ambassador for another year! Woop, der it is! Actually, we are a “Fisher Nut Thinker” which is a cute way to put it. We love that they are preservative free and easy for us to cook with so it was a great fit. We cannot wait to get into the kitchen and start busting out a few recipes to share throughout the year, and of course we are kicking things off with cheesecake walnut apple crisp bars to celebrate!

cheesecake caramel apple crisp bars made with a walnut oat topping you'd never guess was nuts! #thinkfisher ohsweetbasil.com

 

There’s a little secret about these bars. For one thing we love a good cinnamon and spice flavor, but we also love a warm, oat topping and this one has walnuts hidden in it for an extra crunch, but the nuts are subtle enough you wouldn’t even guess that’s what it is. Kind of like when I add nutmeg to a cream sauce and everyone is trying to guess the secret. I love a good secret.

Fisher My Fresh Twist Recipe Contest And these bars are also how we get to encourage you all to win a trip to New York City and hello, do you see who you would get to meet from the Food Network?!!!! Here are the details and I hope one of you wins!

o    Entries can be submitted at www.MyFreshTwist.com from 9/9 to 10/21

o    Recipes must include pecans, walnuts or almonds and will be judged on their originality, integration of nuts, taste, and visual appeal.

o    Each submission will be featured on www.myfreshtwist.com where Fisher Fans and their friends and families will be able to vote to select the top ten finalists.

o    Voting will take place 10/22 through 11/4. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and a panel of judges will choose the grand prize winner from the finalists.

 

cheesecake caramel apple crisp bars made with a walnut oat topping you'd never guess was nuts! #thinkfisher ohsweetbasil.com

 

§  Prizes:

·         Grand Prize Winner:

o    Trip for 2 to NYC including airfare, dinner and accommodations

o    Meet Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

o    $500 cash

·         14 Semi-Finalists:

o    $100 Visa gift card

o    Signed copy of Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s cookbook: Old-School Comfort Food

·         Weekly Prizes:

o    Fisher Nut Products

o    Copy of Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s cookbook: Old-School Comfort Food (which I own and it’s fabulous!)

 

Are Walnuts Good For You?

Walnuts are the only nuts that contain high amounts of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which promote heart health and help lower blood pressure.

Walnuts promote the health of your gut and may help reduce disease risk.

Walnuts are an excellent source of antioxidants.

 

Which Apples Are Best for Baking?

Granny Smith apples are the go-to apples for cooking and baking because of their tart flavor and crisp texture.

Braeburn, honey crisp, gala, and jonagold are also great apples that maintain texture and flavor when baked.

 

Does Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated?

Apple Crisp should be allowed to cool at room temperature and then stored in the refrigerator.

Cover with plastic wrap with a few holes poked in the top to keep it from getting soggy.

 

Cheesecake Walnut Caramel Apple Crisp Bars

Cheesecake Walnut Caramel Apple Crisp Bars

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • pinch of salt

Topping

  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped fine
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour

Filling

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 extra large egg *see note for substitutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Apple

  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • *caramel and ice cream for serving if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 and spray an 8×9″ pan with nonstick cooking spray or line with tinfoil.

For the crust

  1. Place the flour, brown sugar, salt and butter into a bowl and using a fork or pastry cutter, cut in the butter until it resembles wet sand.
  2. Press into the pan and bake for 15 minutes and remove from the oven.

For the filling

  1. Beat the sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and egg together.
  2. Pour over the crust.

Apples

  1. Toss the apples with the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Spread over the cream cheese layer.

Topping

  1. In a bowl, mix the walnuts, butter, oats, brown sugar and flour. When you squeeze with your hand it should all stick together.
  2. Crumble over the apples and bake for 40 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.

If you use large eggs just add one and then in a small bowl whisk the second large egg and discard half, using the rest in the recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 9 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 525 Calories
  • Total Fat: 29.3g
  • Cholesterol: 102mg
  • Carbohydrates: 60.3g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 33.7g
  • Protein: 7.8g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

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29 comments on “Cheesecake Walnut Caramel Apple Crisp Bars”

  1. These bars are gorgeous. I love all things apple and walnut!!!

  2. These look like the perfect treat! So many great flavors and textures.

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  4. These look divine and that topping is calling my name!!

  5. These are so seasonally perfect!!

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  7. Love the fall flavors in these bars!

  8. My oh my! I love apple season and these bars just make me even more giddy!! 🙂 Looking forward to see what else you develop for your Fisher Nuts ambassadorship!

  9. Super congrats on the ambassadorship! I think I will make one of these bars to celebrate in your honor.

  10. I am loving how delicious these apple crisp bars look! Craving a bite of one right now, I must try the recipe out. Thanks for sharing it…

  11. These bars are amazing!!!! So making them.

  12. These bars are incredible!

  13. Oh my word. These sound amazing. And I bet the walnuts give the perfect crunchy texture

  14. Gorgeous bars, Carrian! I love the layers of flavor. Topped with caramel makes it that much better, I can imagine. Fantastic photos! Pinned for later because this a fall dessert screaming my name! 🙂

  15. Those bars are absolutely gorgeous…a little taste of fall in every bite.

  16. These bars are the perfect way to celebrate! Yeah!

  17. Congrats on the ambassadorship! Fisher Nuts rock! These bars look absolutely amazing! Love the layers and the topping! Pinning!