Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars

If you love apple spice and cheesecake, do not miss out on these Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars!

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars on a white plate

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars are one of my all-time favorite cheesecake bars. The combination of a sweet, nutty oat crust and topping with cheesecake and spiced apple butter puts them firmly on the irresistible list.

These bars are a wonderful combination of cream cheese, nuts, apples, and oats. I hesitate to call the bottom layer a crust. It’s far too significant for that. It easily makes up half of the thickness of the bars, as you can see in these photos. And that same crust mixture is used as a crumb topping.

You can use any type of nuts you like in the crust. I have made these with pecans and with cashews, and they’re fantastic either way. Hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, and more would all be great choices to complement the other flavors in these bars.

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars on a white serving tray

The layer of apple butter between the crust and the cheesecake serves to add more flavor and a good dose of fall spices. You can use store-bought or homemade apple butter. Store-bought is certainly a nice shortcut that I use when I don’t have time to make my own. If you’d like to make your own, try this Apple-Pear Butter. You can make it just with apples or use a combination of apples and pears for something a bit different.

On top of all that delicious crust and lovely apple butter, there is the cream cheese layer. It’s like a little layer of cheesecake that’s just the right ratio to make these beauties pretty darn perfect.

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars on white plates

Although I’d happily take one of these bars any day of the year, the flavors are definitely reminiscent of fall. Whether you’re ready to ramp up your baking for cooler weather or you have a hankering for a spiced apple dessert some other time of year, it’s hard to go wrong with these Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars!

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Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars feature layer upon layer of deliciousness, from the nutty oat crust to the spiced apple butter to the sweet cream cheese.

Apple Butter Cream Cheese Oat Bars

Ingredients

For the crust and topping:

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (198g) quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups (about 120g) chopped nuts, such as cashews or pecans
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 
1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

For the filling:

  • 16 ounces (454g) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 
2 cups apple butter

Instructions

To make the crust and topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″x 13″x 2″ baking pan.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, nuts, 1 cup sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the melted butter. Reserve 1 & 1/2 cups of mixture for the topping.
  4. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool.

To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract, mixing until combined.
  2. Spread the apple butter over the cooled crust. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the apple butter. Top with the reserved oat mixture.
  3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until the cream cheese layer is set. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Taste of the South.

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