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Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars PLUS Holiday Place Settings

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NABISCO Cookies and Crackers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Enjoy Bringing Home The Holidays …

With Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars!

PLUS, tips for holiday place settings made easy and inviting.

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Let’s keep those appetizers tasty and easy-to-prepare during the holidays. By making quick and easy recipes to have on hand and ready to serve makes life in the kitchen that much more pleasant, like making this easy recipe for Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars using Nabisco Graham Crackers. Full of yumminess and requires only a little time to put together. They make a definite crowd pleaser in this house!

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Nabisco wants you to be prepared and help you save on your grocery shopping, so they have teamed up with Publix to offer you a coupon for $0.55 off when you buy one Oreo cookies package, Wheat Thins or Triscuit crackers. All you need to do is to go to the NABISCO Party Planner to find this money saving coupon, as well as find loads of inspiration for your stress-free holiday recipes.

#NabiscoHolidayPlanner - Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars

Toffee Apple Cheesecake Bars

30 min prep
2 hr 45 min total
Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 9-1/4 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. toffee bits
  • 1-1/2 cup thawed frozen light whipped topping, divided

Instructions:

  • MELT  butter in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add apples; stir until evenly coated with butter. Cook 8 to 10 min. or until tender, stirring frequently. Add 2 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir 1 to 2 min or until sugar is melted and mixture is well blended. Cool.
  • CUT  3 whole grahams into quarters using a serrated knife; set aside. Line 9-inch pan with foil, extending ends of foil over sides. Place remaining grahams on bottom of prepared pan, cutting as necessary to form even layer. Stand reserved grahams around edges of pan.
  • MIX  Neufchatel and remaining sugar in medium bowl until blended. Gently stir in toffee bits and 1 cup whipped topping; spread over grahams on bottom of pan. Top with apple mixture.
  • REFRIGERATE  dessert 2 hours. Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan just before serving; top with remaining whipped topping.

*This recipe originally appeared on Nabisco Bring Home the Holidays recipe collection.  

#NabiscoHolidayPlanner - Place Settings

Making your table ready for your guest doesn’t have to be stressful and you don’t need to spend a fortune bringing it all together.

Here are a few things that you can do to make your table place settings inviting:

Think Candles!

  • Candles are one of the easiest ways to add some warmth and elegance to your table. I like to use a mixture of candle heights, the “fake” candles mixed in give a lovely glow, and I even like to use my favorite home-made candles in vintage cookie tins. Just keep in mind, not to make the center pieces so tall that you can’t see the person sitting across the table, no more than 10 inches tall (give or take an inch).

Use Seasonal Produce.

  • This one is one of the easiest things to find. The ornate pumpkins, Indian corn (love), and bowls of fresh apples and pears can cozy up any table. My favorites are the smaller white pumpkins, you can easily spray paint them if you want in any color or cut the tops off, dig out some of the pumpkin meat and add a little votive or tealight. Fresh bunches of herbs, such as Rosemary and sage are beautiful tied together with some kitchen string or twine. I also love seeing fresh pots of herbs dotted down the table, with the bottom wrapped in brown paper and secured with some twine.

Table Runners!

  • This can be as rustic as using a sheet of brown wrapping paper going down the center of the table over a table cloth or forget the table cloth and show off your lovely wooden table. To be a bit more eclectic, you can use vintage linen cloth napkins as mini-runners for each person’s place setting, my personal favorite. If you don’t have any vintage-like finds already, thrift stores and dollar stores are the perfect spots to do some mixing and matching on the cheap. Look for candles, candle holders, platters and serving boards (I love using wooden chopping boards to serve the food on) and unique pieces that can bring some eclectic charm to your table.

This year I’m keeping it low key, and using neutral colors with a splash of autumn for Thanksgiving. That way, when I’m serving up the tasty food, it will be the food that will stand out and be the main attraction.

How will you be decorating this Thanksgiving? Do you have any tips or tricks for stress-free decor? Please let us know in the comments below, we can all learn from each other.

Happy Holidays!

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