Simple and tasty cheesecake bars topped with a caramel crunch and white chocolate chip crumble!
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
6 ounces cream cheese,
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup kraft caramel bits (or chopped caramels), divided
Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8×8 inch pan with nonstick foil and spray with cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and butter and mix until smooth with a hand mixer. Press 3/4 of the mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10-15 minutes. (15 for higher altitudes) Set aside reserved crumb mixture.
In another bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour batter onto baked crust. Scatter chocolate chips, 1/2 cup caramels, and reserved crumb mixture over the cheesecake layer. Bake 30-35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack on in the fridge. Optional: melt remaining caramels and drizzle onto bars. Once completely cooled, cut into squares and serve. Store in airtight container in the fridge. May be eaten at room temperature or chilled.