Ah, Fall! You are finally here! We are cooling down this week after an extended heat wave and I am so happy. The heat, humidity and mosquitoes have been bad here in Southwest Michigan so I am ready to start seeing the leaves fall, breathe in the cool crisp air and enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer for the season. I also cant wait to share you with you one of my favorite fall desserts, Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake.
I call this ‘Chunky Applesauce’ because this is the applesauce recipe that I make for my family. If I have a few apples laying around I will whip this up as a side for dinner. And since I honesty cannot resist a cheesecake this is a great dessert that combines two of my favorite things. So gather your ingredients….
If you wanted to just make the applesauce like I do, you would just use this step alone. I’m sure your family will love it, it’s perfect with a pork roast and mashed potatoes. Now on to the applesauce. Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples. Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice. Stir to combine and bring to a boil cooking for around 10 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.
For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar. Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan. In a mixing bowl combine the cheese cake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip. Mix with electric mixer until all combined. Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust. On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.
Let the cheesecake refrigerate for 4-6 hours. And here you are….
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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**Cheesecake filling adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar