Remember when I said you would be the talk of Thanksgiving with my Double Layer Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecake? Well these 7 Layer Candy Apple Cheesecake Bars will also do the trick.
These cheesecake bars are like caramel apple cheesecake bars on steroids (but legal of course) – bigger, better and more delicious than any apple bar I’ve ever consumed. And how could they not be with 7 layers of heaven? That’s a lot of ethereal deliciousness to share followed by a lot of ethereal smiles. Don’t you just love spreading foodie cheer?! So last Thanksgiving I was wishing I had more foodie cheer to share. I often can’t celebrate Thanksgiving with my family because if someone has a cold, I stay clear because I am immuno-suppressed (due to both my kidney transplant and double lung transplant) and if I catch a cold, the chance of rejection exponentially rises, and I eventually end up in the hospital because the cold turns into a bacterial infection which turns into pneumonia (like here when I am posting my Chili Lime Nacho Mozzarella Sticks from my hospital room).
So last year, I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with healthy friends and brought a caramel apple pie which would have been completely devoured if I hadn’t also brought a Butterscotch Pound Cake. The next day, the local adults in my family (my parents and sister and her husband) celebrated Thanksgiving without any sick kids and I brought the remains of the caramel apple pie. We all longed for more. More foodie cheer. So this year, I wanted to create a dessert perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas that you can prepare the day before – that actually gets better overnight – and creates an abundance of cheer to go around. Thus the birth of 7 Layer Candy Apple Cheesecake Bars.
That’s a long intro but all you really need to know is that you should make these. Period. But if you need any more reasons, its in the Candy Apple 7 layers.
First off, these layers are only made possible by the use of grains – specifically flour and oats. Today, I’m partnering with Grain Foods Foundation to bring you 7 layers of heaven – which begin and end with grains. You can find a plethora of other recipes containing delicious, healthy grains here. I’ve also included some of my favorite holiday recipes including grains such as my Toffee Pecan Caramel Pound Cake and Easy Garlic Parmesan Butter Breadsticks (both home runs for Thanksgiving and Christmas) at the bottom of this post. What would we do without grains?!!!
So let’s talk 7 Layers:
Layer 1: Butterscotch Crust made by mixing flour (yay grains!), butterscotch pudding mix, butter, brown sugar, egg, cinnamon and vanilla. You need to make this just so you can taste how delicious a crust can be.
Layer 2 of 1 cup Easy Creamy Caramel Sauce (addicting in its own right – just read the comments on the recipe) is spread over the Butterscotch Crust and topped with Layer 3: chopped Pecans and Toffee Bits.
Layer 4 of thinly sliced Granny Smith Apples tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon are then layered over the caramel toffee pecans creating the “Candy Apple” effect. Doesn’t get much better than cinnamon apples with caramel, toffee and pecans! Oh, but wait, it does…
Layer 5 of smooth, velvety Cream Cheese/Cheesecake is smeared over the apples and topped with Layer 6 of Toffee Pecan & Oat Streusel.
The Candy Apple Cheesecake Bars are then baked and drizzled with Layer 7: more Easy Creamy Caramel.
7 Layers of Candy Apple Cheesecake heaven begging to be shared with those you love.
And your stomach of course.
Carlsbad Cravings Original
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