2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In medium bowl, mix sliced apples with cinnamon and brown sugar. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld together.
Place cookie mix in large bowl. With a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture; press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Next layer the cinnamon sugar coated apples evenly over the cream cheese. Finally, sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Sprinkle with walnuts.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool about 30 minutes. Refrigerate to chill, about 2 hours. To cut the bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.
1) I used Cortland apples, but Granny Smiths, Macintosh or your favorite apple will work just as well.
2) Pecans in place of walnuts would be just as delicious.
3) Keeping up with my New Year's resolution, I used low-fat cream cheese :)