Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are creamy, sweet and super delicious. These are a guaranteed crowd pleaser!

Whenever I make a new recipe at my house I ask my husband to rate it. Like on a star scale. One star being, awful, four stars being YESSSS.

Here’s the problem, though. We never actually GET to the recipe rating, because we always end up arguing over the rating system. The husband thinks there needs to be more than 4 stars on the scale…at least 5 stars, he says. But I already made the 4 star system and have actually RATED the recipes in cookbooks…SOO, the rating system is here to stay.

I mean, you can’t change a system that’s already in effect…What if the Olympics decided to start giving Platinum medals?  All those former gold medals wouldn’t be so important anymore. We’d have to start using *asterisks* next to the ratings, to show whether they were pre-change or post-change.

Not fun.

And then what if one day you learn that this will be your final meal and you scroll through the cookbook and pick a four star recipe, only to learn that it was marked BEFORE the switch, and now you’ve just wasted your final meal on a “pretty good” lasagna. That sounds like possibly the worst scenario ever.

Alls I am saying, is that whether or not the 4 star system is the best…which hello, it totally is…we can’t change it mid-adulthood. So, short-story -long, I want to share with you my final recipe for Caramel Apple Week.  Which is totally a 4 star-that-should be 5-star-but-is-staying-a-4-star recipe. In other words, it’s final-meal-good.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars.

First make your crust.  And you get to use your pastry cutter, if you have one.  I’m always looking for a reason to use mine.  I know, I’m weird.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsPress your crust in a lined 9×9 and bake it up.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsWhile it’s baking, make your yummy cheesecake layer…and then spread it all up in there…

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsThen dice up some apples and sprinkle them with some fall spiciness…

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsAnd don’t forget about the streusel.  Nobody puts streusel in the corner.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Layer the apples and then the streusel.  Now it’s ready to make the journey into the oven.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

When it’s baked and almost perfect, you need to pour some caramel on top.  You neeeed to.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsAnd then you have to let it sit for a while to cool. It’s excruciating.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsBut OH so worth it.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I wrote this recipe originally back in 2012, and knew the finished product photos needed a little sprucing up…and to remind you guys how AMAZING these bars are! Enjoy!


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes 25 bars



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and small diced
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Steusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9×9 baking pan with foil.
  3. In a medium sized bowl combine crust ingredients, flour, brown sugar and butter. Using a pastry cutter, or fork combine the ingredients until they make a coarse crumb.
  4. Press mixture firmly in the bottom of the pan and bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Meanwhile, in a mixing bow, combine cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Beat until combined and smooth. Set aside.
  6. Dice apples and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Stir until coated evenly. Set aside.
  7. Make streusel by combining all ingredients, light brown sugar, flour, oats and butter and stir with your pastry cutter or fork until evenly mixed. Set aside.
  8. When crust is done baking, spread the cream cheese mixture on top of warm crust, top with diced apples and finally with streusel.
  9. But back in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is set.
  10. When done drizzle caramel sauce all over the top.
  11. Let the pan cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes and then place in refrigerator to chill for approximately 2 hours, or overnight.
  12. Cut into squares when ready to serve.


store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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89 Responses
  1. It looks so yummy! Definitely a 4 stars recipe.
    Though, I hate to say this, but 4 stars aren’t much really. Maybe you could try to migrate them to a 1 to 10 scale?

  2. Sonja

    I almost agreed with your husband about needing more stars, until I read your rationale and realized that you are absolutely right…you can’t change things at this point. Can’t wait to make these squares very soon. My husband’s palate is very limited so I don’t even let him rate my food anymore.

  3. I make James rate my stuff too… and he hates it… he says, “Yeah, these are good”, and then I say “But WHY are they good… could they be better? Do you like the filling… the crust… could there be more of this, or more of that?”… I think he just wants to eat in peace =)

    These bars look totally amazing!! I’m sure they are worthy of 4 stars AND a gold metal!

  4. Each caramel apple recipe is more extraordinary than the next! I suggest – all caramel apple, all the time! These bars need to be my breakfast (they’ve got fruit so they’re healthy, right?) Can I come over? 😉

  5. Well, I hate to agree with a boy, I do agree there needs to be an extra star. That is just a huge jump from horrible to perfect in 4 little stars. Like, there’s horrible, bad, good, perfect? Where is the “just okay” rating?

    That said, you totally can’t change the system now. You are LOCKED IN.

    Love these bars. I give them 5 stars.

  6. Our rating system goes something like this:

    “Is it good”
    “Like…good GOOD or just GOOD? Make again good or just maybe you’ll eat it if it’s around good???”

    Perhaps things need to get more specific around here.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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