Josephine's Apple and Cheese Bars

READY IN: 1hr 5mins




  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a 9" square metal cake pan with aluminum foil, leaving 1" overhang for handles. Set aside.
  • In a bowl whisk together oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt.
  • Stir in melted butter and oil, until mixture clumps and is crumbly.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil or water, if necessary, to ensure no dry spots.
  • Add cheese, tossing to mix.
  • Save 1 1/2 cups of mixture for later, and press the rest evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake in the center of a 350 oven, until edges are golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool.
  • Peel, core, and slice apples 1/2" thick.
  • In a saucepan, bring apples, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon to boil, adding up to 1/4 cup water, if apples stick to pan.
  • If apples becomes too runny, sprinkle 1 teaspoon cornstarch over apples, then mix in, and let thicken.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Spread apple mixture over base.
  • Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture.
  • Bake until golden, about 30 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan on rack.
  • Cut into 3" squares.