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paula knows best. [apple cinnamon cheesecake bars w. streusel topping]

January 8th, 2011 by | comments

This past Monday, I started my new job at a public relations firm in LA. Since I’m currently living in Orange County, I have to commute every day of the week. One of my good friends, Molly, graciously invited me to stay at her apartment a couple of days during the week to break up the drive.

I gratefully accepted her offer, but told her that I had to reciprocate in some way, whether that be paying a small amount, buying her dinner or baking for her and her roommates. She wouldn’t accept my money offer, but gladly agreed to the suggestion of me baking something for the apartment.

I decided on Paula Deen’s five-star recipe for caramel apple cheesecake bars with a streusel topping. I didn’t have time to make homemade caramel sauce, but thought the bars were plenty sweet enough without the drizzle. The subtle crunchiness of the Granny Smith apples was a nice contrast to the silky cream cheese interior.

Everyone absolutely loved the bars, from my friend Molly to my mom to my boss. I will surely make these dessert bars in the future, particularly because of their versatility—eat them for breakfast, a snack or dessert.

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