Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are so luscious with layers of creamy cheesecake, apples and the best streusel topping. Everyone will love this easy to make dessert.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Recipe:

Just when you thought cheesecake could not get any better, this amazing caramel apple cheesecake comes along. It is so amazing with all the delicious layers.

You get the creamy cheesecake filling with the cinnamon apples. The streusel just brings it all together. It is simply heavenly all topped on a shortbread crust. Delicious layers makes for a rich and decadent dessert.

If you love cheesecake and crumb apple cake then you care going to love this recipe. These bars are easy to serve at your holiday dinners or for any occasion. The perfect fall dessert.

We also make Raspberry Cheesecake Bars and Red Velvet Brownies.

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Ingredients

Crust:

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Packed Brown Sugar
  • Butter – softened

Cheesecake Filling:

  • Cream Cheese- softened
  • Sugar
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract

Apples:

  • Granny Smith Apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg

Streusel Topping:

  • Brown Sugar – firmly packed
  • All-purpose Flour
  • Quick Cooking Oats
  • Butter – softened

Optional: caramel topping for drizzling after baked

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How to Make Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Step 2 – Combine Flour – Second, get out a medium mixing bowl and combine the flour and brown sugar.
  • Step 3 – Add in Butter – Add the butter to the flour and brown sugar. Then cut it into the mixture with a pastry blender or food processor until crumbly. If you don’t have either of these, 2 forks will work just as well.
  • Step 4 – Press into Pan – Press this evenly into a 9×13 baking pan. Make sure the pan is greased or lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil or parchment. Put this in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
  • Step 5 – Beat Cream Cheese – Now, get out another mixing bowl. This time you will need a large bowl. In the bowl, beat the cream cheese with ¾ cup sugar in an electric mixer. I like to use medium speed and just beat until the mixture is smooth.
  • Step 6 – Add Eggs – Once smooth, add the eggs 1 at a time along with the sugar and vanilla. Stir this all together until well combined. Pour cheesecake layer over warm crust.
  • Step 7 – Add in Apples – Time for the apple layer. Use a small bowl and stir together the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix it together and spoon evenly over the cream cheese mixture.

How to Make Streusel Topping:

  • Step 1 – Combine Ingredients – You will need another small mixing bowl. Combine all of the ingredients.
  • Step 2 – Mix in Butter – I prefer to use my hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture. You can’t use a food processor because it will grind up the oats.
  • Step 3 – Sprinkle on Top – Now that you have the Streusel topping finished, sprinkle it all over the apples.
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  • Step 4 – Bake – Finally, bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until filling is set. It is optional but I like to drizzle the cheesecake with caramel topping.
  • Step 5 – Serve – It is amazing fall dessert that everyone will love. Serve cold and enjoy with a caramel drizzle.
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What Kind of Apples should you use?

We used Granny Smith Apples. The tartness goes well with the sweetness from the cheesecake.

You can use other types of apples such as Gala but the Granny Smith really is amazing in this recipe.

How to Freeze Cheesecake Bars:

Cut the bars into individual servings. Place on a baking sheet or plate and put in the freezer for just long enough to get firm.

Remove from the freezer and wrap each slice in foil and place inside an airtight freezer container. You can also use a freezer bag but I prefer to use a container so the cheesecake does not get squished.

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Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars Tips:

  • Baking Pan – You need a 9 x 13 in. baking pan. If you have been putting off replacing yours, I spotted some on sale.
  • Food processor We used ours all the time. This is super handy and will make it easier to make the crust in this recipe.
  • Topping- I definitely recommend the optional caramel topping on this amazing dessert. It goes so well with the apples and cheesecake. We love this homemade caramel sauce. It is super easy and really delicious.
  • Apple peeler If you make a lot of apple crisp recipes, it might be handy to get an apple peeler. You can peel a ton of apples in hardly anytime at all.
  • Slicing the Bars – Slice these with a plastic knife to help make clean lines to create perfect bars for serving. You will get a nice clean edge and it will look great. Make sure the bars have completely cooled before cutting.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients – When combining ingredients, we recommend using room temperature ingredients. This helps to create a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Line Pan – We recommend lining the pan with parchment paper. Once the caramel apple cheesecake has cooled, then you can remove and cut them easily.
  • Mixer – Use a stand mixer or a hand mixer to combine the cheesecake ingredients. Make sure sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to combine all the ingredients.

This is a really easy recipe and you will love it!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Bars Variations:

  • Seasoning – You can use 1 tsp apple pie spice instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg on the apples if you prefer.
  • Crust – We made a shortbread crust for this recipe, but you can also make a graham cracker crust.
  • Drizzle different Syrups –You can drizzle with chocolate syrup, chocolate ganache or caramel syrup.
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How to Store Leftovers:

Store the leftover bars in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can serve these bars cold or heat to serve warm.

Easy Fall Dessert Recipe:

We love when the colder weather hits, as it is time to start all the fall baking. The flavor that the apples gives these cheesecake bars is amazing. The perfect dessert to make ahead of time and made with easy ingredients.

The made from scratch shortbread crust to the amazing cheesecake filling, makes this the best dessert. Add your favorite toppings or caramel drizzle for a decadent dessert.

Perfect to bring to your next holiday dinner or for a weeknight meal.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I Prepare Cheesecake Bars ahead of time?

Yes, this is the perfect dessert to make ahead of time. You can make it up to a few days ahead of time and store in the fridge. Add the caramel drizzle when serving.

How Long do Apple Cheesecake Bars Last:

If the cheesecake bars are stored properly, they will last about 4 days.

How to Serve Cheesecake Bars:

Cheesecake bars are easy to serve. You can cut them in different sizes and place on the platters. I like serving bars because they are easy to grab and this way you can have multiple desserts.

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Caramel apple cheesecake bars

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Caramel apple cheesecake bars are luscious with layers of creamy cheesecake, apples and the best streusel topping. Everyone will love this!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 655

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Apples:
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and finely chopped, (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • Optional: ½ cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked
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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or food processor (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan that is greased or lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil or parchment. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with ¾ cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
  • In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  • For the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture. You can’t use a food processor because it will grind up the oats.
  • Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 655kcal, Carbohydrates 76g, Protein 7g, Fat 37g, Saturated Fat 22g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 130mg, Sodium 343mg, Potassium 201mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 47g, Vitamin A 1281IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 81mg, Iron 2mg

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