CYPRESS, Calif., December 7, 2013 – Purists who prefer to cook from scratch might disapprove but these desserts taste better than store bought, and they are perfect for holiday gatherings. Plus, they come together fast enough to make great weeknight treats. The most time consuming task will be in slicing and peeling the apples.
Makes 10-12 servings
1 package Krusteaz Pumpkin Pie Bar Mix (one pouch for each crust mix and filling mix)
3 tbsp butter, melted
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Stir together crust mix and melted butter with a fork until moistened. Press into bottom of lightly greased, 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350°F for five minutes.
Cheesecake Filling Method
Place filling mix, cream cheese and eggs in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until smooth. Pour over hot crust. Bake 40 minutes or until set.
Stir together sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Spread over cheesecake; bake an additional five minutes. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.
Cinnamon Apple Bars
Makes 24 servings
1 package Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix (1 pouch each cake mix and cinnamon topping mix)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place full pouch cake mix, butter and flour in medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until dough forms. Press dough evenly into bottom of lightly greased 13x9x2-inch pan. Arrange apple slices over dough. In small bowl, mix together full pouch cinnamon topping mix and nuts. Sprinkle over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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