Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I really am loving this fall weather.  I especially love all of the apple and pumpkin recipes.  When I found this recipe I had to make it!  First of all it had a creamy cheesecake apple center.  I was sold on that just because of my obsession for cheesecake.  Then a streusel topping that is drizzled with caramel.  Double sold. 🙂

caramelapplefinalThere is nothing like biting into a crisp fall apple that has been dipped in caramel.  This delicious caramel apple cheesecake dessert has all of the amazing flavors of fall combined into it.  The best part is the caramel drizzled on top!  Now drool. 🙂

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
 
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Delicious apple cheesecake streusel bars drizzled with caramel topping!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup caramel topping
  • Streusel topping:
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup butter, softened
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. This makes removal of the bars easier.
  2. In a medium sized bowl combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into the bottom of your 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, ½ sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust. In a small bowl combine apples, remaining 2 Tbs sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly on top of the cheesecake layer.
  4. Combine brown sugar,flour, cooking oats and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle streusel topping over the apple layer.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until filling is set. Allow to cool and drizzle with caramel topping.
Notes
Recipe source Paula Dean

 

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Comments

  1. These look amazing!

  2. Kimberly K. says:

    I just have to ask what font do you use for your text posts? It looks lovely!

  3. plans for tomorrow:
    make these. eat these. sleep. repeat.

  4. Wow! These bars are gorgeous.
    Apples are caramel belong together, don’t they?
    pinning.

  5. I made these for dessert tonight and they were a huge hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  6. This may be a silly question but can these be frozen too? I want to make them to try them and I’ll give some away but I don’t think I would eat them all before they go bad or soggy.

  7. Does anyone know if these can be frozen?

  8. I will be making these! yum! I just brought some granny smiths the other day to make a similar recipe like this by Paula Deen. Thanks, I’ll let you how they turn out.

  9. Can you use a spring pan for this like you would a regular cheesecake?

  10. It tastes great, but total prep time is closer to 2 hours. Unless you have magical gnomes peeling, coring, and dicing your apples. Each STEP took probably 30 minutes. Great recipe though.

  11. Great recipe! Made it for many gatherings- everyone loves them! Prep time is definitely a bit longer- and at times I omit the caramel- still a hit!

  12. Made this recipie, was an absolute hit at home! Only difference was I added a bit of lemon zest to the apples, and a pinch of salt to the base!

  13. Justin Walsh says:

    I made these and almost instantly regretted the decision. They were SO GOOD!!! I nearly fainted when I had my first bite. Luckily I had a few friends that knew I was going to make these and were waiting for me to deliver their little homemade gifts! Raves all around and now I keep getting requests for more goodies! Thanks so much for this site; I’ve made several items already and enjoy looking for my next adventure!

    One question for y’all out here: Has anyone made these with a graham cracker crust as opposed to the crust in the recipe? I just wondered how it turned out because I was considering maybe making a half batch with the graham cracker crust just to try it out.

  14. Could the Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars be made gluten free?

  15. This recipe got “6 stars” from my husband. For all the desserts I have made over time – this is now his new and all-time favorite! It was a much longer prep time – for me almost 1 1/2 hours!! But so worth the time. I used parchment baking paper instead of aluminum foil but wonder if it is needed at all. Great recipe!!

  16. I just made this recipe tonight and it was very well received! Make sure you drain the apple, though, as it made the center very wet. I had to adjust my time 10 or so minutes, shaking the pan gently to check for doneness! It was extremely delicious! Thank you! 🙂

  17. Hi. Did you let these cool completely at room temperature, put in the refrigerator, or serve them slightly warm? Just asking, because I just made them and I feel like I should not try to do anything just yet because they are so hot. However, maybe I just need to wait until tomorrow or a few hours? I am not sure if they need to be served chilled or not. Thanks.

  18. made! Good except for you you need two cups of flour for the base or its all gross and mushy

  19. Baked this bars this afternoon & it’s die for. Scrumptious , crunchy base & topping.I half the recipe using 8 x 8 inch square pan baked for 25 mins.Drizzle with my homemade salted caramel sauce. Thank you for the recipe.

  20. Carla Foxx says:

    I make these bars all the time and my family and friends enjoy them. Some have even paid me to make thes bad for them also.

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