This was my first time making it and throughout the process I was a bit worried that I might somehow mess it up. Fortunately, it came out a-okay. Its actually a pretty simple recipe and in retrospect seems difficult to get wrong.
I'm not sure that I can emphasize enough how highly I recommend this.
Step 1: Go Get Stuff
37 Nilla wafers
4 Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of sugar
4 Apples (1/2 Golden Delicious and 1/2 Granny Smith)
2 softened 8-ounce cream cheese bars
1 cup of sugar (in 2 halves)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Specialty Kitchen Stuff
9" springform pan
Bowls, utensils, etc
Step 2: Crush Cookies
Step 3: Peel and Slice
(After peeling and slicing the first apple my camera person pushed me aside and told me I was doing it wrong. She proceeded to peel the next two apples until my girlfriend came into the kitchen, pushed her aside and told her that she was doing it wrong. In short, there were three different people and three different ways to peel and slice apples. I think the take home is that there is no right way to peel and apple.)
Step 4: Bake the Apples
Leave the oven on to pre-heat.
Step 5: Melt the Butter
Step 6: Crust
Evenly distribute the crumbs over the bottom of your 9" springform pan. Pack them down with your hand.
Step 7: Make the Filling
Add two eggs to the bowl and beat them in with hand mixer just until they are just combined and the mixture is creamy.
Step 8: Putting It All Together
Carefully line the top of the cream cheese filling with baked apple slices. The apple slices have a tendency to rip apart, so it helps to transfer them onto the cake with a fork or spatula.
Step 9: Sugar on Top
Step 10: Bake
Take it out and let it start to cool. After a few minutes, go around the edge of the cake with a sharp pairing knife to separate it from the springform. This will help in preventing the cheesecake from cracking later when it is released.