When putting together a large dinner like that of Thanksgiving or Christmas, oven space is a luxury. Even with two ovens, the turkey, all the sides and the rolls have priority over a dessert!
With that said, I always try to serve a cold or room temperature dessert when cooking a dinner for a crowd . . . like these Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars!
They were amazing, easy to make and a hit at our Christmas lunch!Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars
1 pouch (1 pound 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
1/2 cup firm butter or margarine
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.Place cookie mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked crust. In medium bowl, mix pie filling and cinnamon. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Sprinkle with walnuts.Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool about 30 minutes. Refrigerate to chill, about 2 hours. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.