Apple-Pear Cheesecake Crisp Bars

A fast treat that will remind you of grandma’s kitchen! Delicious crunchy crumble topping with a silky fruit and cheesecake middle layer that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Apple-Pear Cheesecake Crisp Bars
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This recipe is a result of a conversation I had with my good friend Andrea. We were talking and she had shared that she wanted something sweet, but at the time had a limited pantry. After spending some time discussing the potential ingredients we came up with a quick crisp recipe that was the perfect choice for a rainy day delight.

Of course, after we hung up the phone I started thinking that I was also craving something that resembled a crisp. So, I began to do my own pantry inventory and these apple-pear cheesecake crisp bars were born!

Tips:

  1. Use non-stick spray or parchment paper to use as a foundation when building the bars.
  2. Chop the fruit VERY finely. You want the pieces to be about 1/2 the size of a tic tac.
  3. If you are a cinnamon lover, add an additional 1/2 tsp to the recipe.
  4. Make sure you allow the bars to rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour before attempting to cut into squares.

Apple-Pear Cheesecake Crisp Bars

A quick comfort food that will transport you back into your grandma's kitchen. Crunchy crumble topping with a moist fruit and cheesecake layer!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, breakfast, cheesecake, coconut dessert, crisp, crumble, pear, snack
Servings: 20 bars

Ingredients

Crust Layer:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (or nut of choice)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Fruit Layer:

  • 2 ripe large pears peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 2 ripe apples peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Cheesecake Filling Layer:

  • 1 8 (oz) package of cream cheese I used "light"
  • 2 1/2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until creamy. Add additional crust layer ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  • Press half of the crust layer into a lightly greased 9×9 baking pan. Bake for 10 min or until edges are lightly golden. Reserve remaining crust. Set baked crust aside to cool.

Fruit Layer:

  • Place finely chopped fruit into a bowl. Fold in additional fruit layer ingredients with a spoon until evenly coated. Set aside.

Cheesecake Filling Layer:

  • Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add additional ingredients EXCEPT the egg and mix until well combined. Add egg and beat on medium speed until silky.

Assembly:

  • Take partially baked crust and add cheesecake filling layer on top. Smooth over crust layer until even and covered. Next, add the fruit layer on top of the cheesecake layer and repeat until even and fully covered. Last, take the remainder of the crust and layer it on top of the fruit mixture until even and covered.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is slightly golden in color and the center is set. Check after 25 minutes as oven temps vary. Do not overbake. Cool on rack and store bars in refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

 

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