Apple pie, applesauce, apple crisp, apple donuts, apple muffins….I have made them all! Every fall I make the usual favorites with our bounty of apples. What to do with a couple of pounds of apples left to use?? After doing some research, I decided to adapt a recipe from Our Best Bites for cream cheese apple cinnamon squares. I chose this recipe as the combination of cream cheese and apples sounded interesting and the recipe uses puff pastry. I knew I could cheat here and use frozen puff pastry to speed up the recipe.
Cream Cheese Apple Cinnamon Squares
2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
3 tbsp butter
8 cups apples peeled cored and sliced thinly
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
12 ounces softened cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp coarse sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease or line with parchment paper (my preference) a 15x10x1 pan.
Unfold puff pastry sheet and on a lightly floured surface roll to 15×10. Transfer to the baking pan and press edges lightly to the pan. Bake until golden brown about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large deep skillet melt the butter and add the apples and cook over medium heat for 8 minutes stirring occasionally. Combine the brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and flour and sprinkle over apples. Cook and stir over medium low heat for 3 more minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium size bowl beat cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla mixing just until combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture over puff pastry keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edge. Drain liquid from apple mixture. Spoon apple mixture over the cream cheese.
Unfold the second sheet of puff pastry and on a lightly floured surface roll out to 13×10 rectangle. Place on top of the apple mixture and fold edges over bottom pastry. Lightly brush with milk. Mix coarse sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over the top of the pasty. Cut a few slits to allow steam to escape.
Bake for about 35 minutes until golden and puffed. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.