Apple Butter Cheesecake Bars

Apple Butter Cheesecake Bar Recipe

White House Foods® Apple Butter + Cheesecake Bar = A heavenly combination

This recipe is perfect for Fall. Thanksgiving? Halloween Party? Sunday Dessert? Office Party? This is a sure hit recipe!

If you are an apple butter fan, you’re going to need this recipe. As always, it’s simple… (a must for me) and it’s also delicious (also a must)!

The recipe is below, but be sure to refrigerate overnight before serving. This is crucial for texture and flavor. Also, I highly recommend White House Foods® Apple Butter. It is made in Winchester, Virginia with American grown apples. You can find it at your local Wal-Mart, Food Lion, or online here! 

What you’ll need:

For the crust:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the cheesecake layer:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
For topping:
How to make it:
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • First the crust: Cut butter into small pieces. Beat together the butter and flour until it is thoroughly combined into crumbly pieces. Place the crust mixture into an ungreased 13×9 baking dish. Pat the crust evenly into the dish with your hands. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove and cool. I placed mine into the fridge to speed up this process.
  • Next the cheesecake mixture: Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth then add in the egg and vanilla. Beat on medium until evenly combined. Set this mixture to the side.
  • Then the topping: Cut butter into small pieces. In a bowl, use a fork to mix the flour, confectioners’ sugar, butter pieces, pecans, and salt. This mixture will not be smooth. You should have a crumbly/coarse texture. Set to the side.
  • Make the magic happen: Take the cooled crusted and spread the cream cheese mixture on top evenly. Leave an edge around the outside perimeter to from “crust.” Next, spread a thin layer for White House Foods® Apple Butter over the cream cheese layer. Last, sprinkle the crumb topping over the top evenly.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Remove and cool. Cover and store in refrigerator overnight before cutting into square bars.

Let me know if you try them! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!




Check out my easy print and decorate Fall Decor idea here: DIY Fall Decor – Free Printable


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Thanksgiving Pouch Printable

How fun are these Thankful Turkey Pouch Printables? Just print, cut, and tape around your kiddos’ favorite pouches! I use White House Foods Natural Applesauce Pouches. I love that they are transparent, so you know exactly what your kids are getting!

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Whether you want a fun treat on your Thanksgiving table or your kid’s need a healthy snack for a school party, these printables make for a festive treat! On the back, you could write names or have your kid’s fill in something they are thankful for on the line!

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Get the printable by clicking here: Thankful Turkey Pouch Printables

As always, thanks for checking out my printables!

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving with friends and family!


Wishing you SO much love & happiness…



Easy Recipes: Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Easy Recipes: Chocolate Applesauce Cake

I am the QUEEN of Easy Recipes, and this one is 100% one of my favorites!

You may be thinking, Chocolate, applesauce, and cake is a questionable trio….. BUT trust me the trio was meant to be!close pic

I was skeptical but after tasting, this is going

to be my holiday dessert go-to. First of all, it was super simple. You do not need to be a fancy baker to pull this off. Second, I typically have all of the ingredients in my pantry… perfect for those last minute holiday parties or guests. 

I took this cake into the office break-room and it was gone within minutes. IT’s a must try…and then try again!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups White House Foods® Original Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Combine all the listed ingredients EXCEPT– 2 tablespoons of sugar and the chocolate chips—in a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is evenly combined.
  • Pour the batter into greased pan.
  • Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar over top of batter in pan. Then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of batter and sugar.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
  • Let cool of 10 minutes then sprinkle powdered sugar over top of cake.
  • Serve warm & enjoy!


Try it for your next Sunday dessert or upcoming holiday festivities and let me know what you thought! Comment below or tag me on social @coldcoffeegrind 

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As always, thanks for reading and happy baking!





Thanksgiving Kids’ Table

In the movies, the “Kid’s Table” is always given a bad rep. Kids can’t wait to be big enough to sit at the “big” table instead of pushed aside to the fold out table that Aunt Jean pulled out of her garage, wiped the dust off, and scrounged up some fold up chairs to set around. Am I right? What if this year, the kids’ table was the cool place too, so cool that even the adults wanted to squeeze in. Below are some tips on how to transform a simple coffee table, into the Kids’ Thanksgiving Throne of FUN!

Step 1: The Tablecoffee table.jpg
You’ll need a coffee table or something of similar size. Nothing fancy. Keep it simple!




Step 2: The Transformationcovered-table.jpg
Using craft paper or a simple wrapping paper, cover the table. Tape the corners over, like you’re wrapping a present. This will keep the paper in place throughout coloring, dinner, & dessert!
Step 3: The Crafts
Decorate the table with crafts. Yep, you heard me right. It’s time to do some crafts. I’m keeping the crafts simple, yet purposeful….they also won’t break the bank.

  • Pilgrim Hat Crayon Holder:
    What you’ll need: black cups, scissors, black, yellow & tan (or brown) paper, & glue/tape.
    First, cut the bottom out of the black cups. Cut out circles larger than the rim of the cups. Tape the black circle to the top of the cup. Cut a strip of tan paper to create the belt of the hat. Cut a rectangle with two slits with the yellow paper. Slide the tan strip through the slits of the yellow rectangle. Voila! You’ve made the belt & buckle. Wrap the belt around the bottom of the cup & tape in the back. And there you have it, a pilgrim hat crayon holder.
  • Turkey Applesauce Cups:
    What you’ll need: Applesauce cups, craft feathers, craft eyes, red & orange paper, glue, & tape.
    First, cut out orange triangles for the noses and red ovals for the gobblers. Turn the applesauce cups upside down. Glue eyes, nose, & gobblers on to create the face. On the back, tape 3-4 feathers. Super simple, a turkey decoration & a side dish!

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  • Cornucopia Snack Bar:
    What you’ll need: Ice cream cones, various small snack items (popcorn, mini pretzels, nuts, m&m’s, chocolate chips, gold fish, raisins, marshmallows, etc.)
    Trust me, the kids are going to love you for this one. Set snack options into a tray or various plates/bowls. Give each child an ice cream cone & let them create their own Cornucopia. It’s cute, decorative, & tasty!


Step 4: Final Touches
Decorate the table with your adorable crafts. I added a “Thankful Jar” for each child to write something they’re thankful for on a popsicle stick and place them inside. I found the cute coloring placemats in the dollar aisle at Target, there’s also plenty of free coloring pages you can print online. Add an extra décor items & your almost done!

Step 5: The Seats IMG_E7357.JPG
Pillows. Full size pillows or decorative pillows, either will work just fine. Just trust me on this one, you will be the coolest relative in the world. If you’re thinking, I’m terrible for sitting kids on the floor…you’re in for surprise. Their little faces will light up when they realize they GET to sit on pillows. They’re going to love the extra little thought you put into their space.



Step 6: Enjoy!
That’s it guys. I know it seems super simple, but with kids that’s all it really takes. A little extra thought & a little bit of crafting can create a TON of magic to a little one…and that’s what this time of year is really all about. Who knows, maybe next year you and all of your guests will be sitting around a table on pillows.

I hope YOU all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, magic, and lots of turkey. Thanks for reading and if you use any of these ideas, I’d love to see them. Tag @coldcoffeegrind and #coldcoffeegrind so I’ll be sure to see!