Cream Cheese Oat Bars

Cream Cheese Oat Bars

A creamy filling, crispy topping, and an ooey, gooey drizzle of cane syrup make these easy-bake bars a crowd favorite.

Cream Cheese Oat Bars
 
Makes about 20
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups chopped roasted salted cashews
  • 1¾ cups sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups prepared apple butter
  • Garnish: Cane Syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, oats, cashews, 1 cup sugar, and baking soda. Add melted butter, stirring until well combined. Reserve 1½ cups mixture for topping. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared dish.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining ¾ cup sugar with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add lemon juice and vanilla, beating to combine.
  5. Spread apple butter onto prepared crust. Spread cream cheese mixture over apple butter. Sprinkle with reserved 1½ cups oat mixture.
  6. Bake until cream cheese layer is set, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely.

 

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