Caramel Apple Crisp Squares

caramel apple crisp squares

caramel apple crisp squares

Caramel Apple Crisp Squares

Simple Holiday Joys by:

6 Tbsp. butter, divided

1 cup finely CRUSHED square shortbread cookies

3 Tbsp. sugar, divided

1 pkg. (8 oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

2 cups chopped Granny Smith apples (about 2 apples)

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats

10 Kraft Caramels

2 Tbsp. water

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 8 inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; spray with cooking spray.  Melt  2 tablespoons butter; mix with cookie crumbs and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar.  Press onto bottom of prepared pan.

Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with mixer until creamy.  Blend in eggs.  Gradually beat in milk.  Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 minutes.  Pour over crust.

Mix cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining granulated sugar; toss with apples in medium bowl.  Spoon over cream cheese batter.

Melt remaining butter.  Combine flour, brown sugar and oats in separate bowl.  Add butter; mix well.  Sprinkle over apples.

Bake 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool completely.

Microwave caramels and water in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.  Continue microwaving and stirring in 10 seconds-intervals until caramels are completely melted.  Drizzle over dessert.

Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.  Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan before cutting into squares.

TIPS:  Variation:  For a slated caramel  topping, stir 1/2 tsp. salt into melted caramels before drizzling over dessert as directed.


Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


Guests love these little chicken bites that get some zip from curry.  The savory snacks works well for any occasion, big or small.

          Judy Slotter                                                                        Alpharetta, Georgia


Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer Recipe

Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer

2 packages (3 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

2 Tbsp. orange marmalade

2 tsp. curry powder

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

3 cups finely chopped cooked chicken

3 Tbsp. finely chopped green onion

3 Tbsp. finely chopped celery

1 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted


In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until well blended.  Stir in the chicken, onion and celery.

Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in almonds.  Cover and chill until firm (can refrigerate up to 2 days).

About 5 dozen appetizers


(Recipe for Curried Chicken Balls Appetizer was on, 2013)


Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake

Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake

Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake


This recipe for Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake was in the inside of Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese.  I know that I will be making this cheesecake for Thanksgiving!!


 Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake

½ cup chopped PLANTERS Pecan, divided

38 NABISCO Ginger Snaps, finely crushed (about 1 ½ cups)

¼ cup butter or margarine, melted

4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin

1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. vanilla

4 eggs

25 KRAFT Caramels

¼ cup milk


Heat oven to 325 F.

Chop ¼ cup nuts finely; place in medium bowl.  Add ginger snap crumbs and butter; mix well.  Press onto bottom of 13×9 inch pan.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended.  Add pumpkin, spice and vanilla; mix well.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.  Pour over crust.

Bake 45 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool completely.  Refrigerate 4 hours.

Microwave caramels and milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 ½ minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every 30 seconds; spoon over individual servings of cheesecake.  Sprinkle with remaining nuts.

Serve with whipped cream.                   16 servings


(Recipe for Pumpkin, Caramel & Pecan Cheesecake came from Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese)