My darling boyfriend doesn’t ask for a lot of things. He will listen to me complain, taste all of my cooking and willingly join me on all my adventures. He asks for little more than football on Sundays and the man is a happy camper. So every Sunday morning, when I ask if he has a preference on dinner or dessert for the day, he says it’s up to me 90% of the time. But this morning, when I read him the options for todays baked good, he actually had an opinion. He cast his vote for the Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars, and so it was decided.
The recipe called for a lot of pre-made things, so they turned out to be pretty expensive since it wasn’t the staple items I already had in my pantry. Other than costing a pretty penny, when I finally got to making them they were incredibly simple. Personally, I think I would have preferred more apple and cream cheese and less cookie, but regardless, they were delicious. Check it out! I got the recipe from Picky Palate.
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 cups Golden Graham cereal
1 roll Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
21 oz can apple pie filling
1.5 oz package Nature Valley Oats N’ Honey crunchy granola bars (2 count)
9.5 oz Kraft Caramels (34 pieces)
1/2 cup half and half
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place the cereal in a sealed Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the melted butter and shake in the bag until combined. Line a 8”x8” baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Press the graham mixture into the bottom of the pan, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.
Crumble half of the cookie dough over the partially baked crust.
Combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over the cookie dough.
Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven. Top with the can of pie filling. Crumble the rest of the cookie dough on top. Before you open the package of granola bars, crush them up with a rolling pin, and then sprinkle on top of the cookie dough.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely, and then cut unto squares.
Melt caramels and half and half in a medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the bars.