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Apple Raisin Cheesecake Bars

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As you know, not long ago we took a trip to New York. Little guy, Coop, was upset we didn’t get NY Cheesecake. I felt SO, SO, SO bad! I decided that we’d make up for it by having a baby and mama cook off. He loves it when I bring him in there to cook with me. Sometimes he’ll pout and not want to come, but if I coax him in he’ll later say, thanks mom for making me come in here. I had a lot of fun. How sweet is that??

As I’m standing here with my baby cooking, I am trying to think of things that my mother did with me. My mom was a great mom. I know I say this a lot, but man…she’s special. Anyway, I remember when I was probably about three years old. Mom had a few extra cents and so she bought big pieces of green poster board. She sat there in the floor with me and we drew out letters and cut them out. She taught me my alphabet. It’s funny how that memory stuck out to me. I continued searching my memories and it dawned on me it’s all about those little things we think are silly, forgettable things. The hope is Coop will remember our time together forever.

Crust and Top:

No stick cooking spray

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup shortening

Filling

16 oz cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Raisin filling:

1 cup peeled and chopped apples

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Heat Oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan with no stick spray.

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. reserve 1 cup of mixture. Press remaining into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12/15 minutes or until a mixture is set. DO NOT BROWN.

Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, in a large bowl with a electric mixer. spread over crust. Combine apples and raisins, vanilla. Mix in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. spread evenly on mixture. sprinkle with reserved oat topping. Bake 15-20 minutes until top is golden. allow to cool and chill at least 1 hour. cut into bars.

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