Valentine Envy™ Apple Cheesecake Bars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 envy™ apple
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 packets of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs , room temperature – this is important
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Red food colouring
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter

METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
  • Prepare a 9x13 pan by first spraying the pan with non-stick spray and then press parchment paper to the bottom and up the sides of the pan so that it sticks to the pan well
  • Beat together the cake mix and melted butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time
  • Spread the cake mixture evenly along the bottom of the pan
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar together
  • Toss the diced apples with the cinnamon sugar and then sprinkle on top of the cake mixture and gently press into the cake mix using your hand
  • Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, scraping down the sides halfway through
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Scrape down the sides a few times and make sure all is well combined, and no clumps are left
  • Spoon out ½ cup of the cream cheese mixture into a small bowl and set aside - do not add food colouring to this, keep white
  • Turn the mixer on low and continue to add drops of red food colouring until desired colour (light pink, dark pink, red)
  • Spread the coloured cream cheese mixture over top of the cake and apples. Gently spread evenly, trying not to move any of the apple pieces
  • Spoon small dollops of the white cream cheese mixture evenly on top of the red mixture. Take a toothpick or knife and swirl the two together slightly to make a swirled appearance
  • Bake in oven for 45 minutes or until the top no longer jiggles
  • Turn off the oven and crack the door about ½ way open and then leave the cheesecake in there until the oven is room temperature. This ensures it cools and sets properly
  • Once cooled, gently and evenly lift the parchment out of the pan and place the cheesecake on a cutting board or flat surface. Using the heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out pieces and then carefully cut away the trim to get smooth edges. Place on a pretty platter and serve

Credit: Lorin Peters- @LorinMichel

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