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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are creamy, sweet and super delicious. These are a guaranteed crowd pleaser! A simple, buttery crust with an easy apple cheesecake filling topped with an oat streusel and caramel. One of my favorite fall desserts!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Are My Favorite Fall Dessert!

When Fall time comes, so does my favorite baking season! Fall treats are arguably the best of all…the buttery, cozy, cinnamon…the apple and pumpkin desserts…the chill in the air and a cozy scarf. I am HERE for it!

And of course to kick off fall baking, let’s talk about one of my favorite fall desserts, Apple Cheesecake Bars…with a little caramel on top for good measure.

Not only are these cheesecake bars delicious, they are easy to make. If you’ve ever been nervous about baking a cheesecake, this recipe is a great place to start!

cheesecake bar with a bite taken out of it on a wire rack

Apple Cheesecake Bars Ingredients:

These bars have 3 laters…you have the crust, the filling and the streusel topping. Here’s what you’ll need:

For the Crust:

  • All purpose flour
  • Light brown sugar
  • Butter

For the Filling:

  • Cream cheese
  • Vanilla extract
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • Light brown sugar
  • All purpose flour
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Butter
  • Caramel sauce

Crumbly crust dough in a bowl with a pastry blender

Instructions:

  1. To make your crust combine the flour, brown sugar and butter with a pastry cutter, or fork until they make a coarse crumb and press the mixture into a 9×9 pan. Bake until lightly browned.
  2. Then make your filling by mixing the cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/4 cup granulated sugar together.
  3. Dice the apples and sprinkle with remaining sugar and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Stir until coated evenly. Set aside.
  4. For the streusel, combine the light brown sugar, flour, oats and butter until it becomes coarse crumbs.
  5. When the crust is done baking, spread the cream cheese mixture on top of warm crust, top with diced apples and finally with streusel.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes and drizzle caramel sauce all over the top.
  7. 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.
  8. Cut into squares when ready to serve.
three apple cheesecake bars with caramel dripping, stacked

How To Store Cheesecake Bars:

These need to be refrigerated in an airtight container and will be good for up to 3 days.

You can also refrigerate these bars stored airtight for up to 30 days!

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three apple cheesecake bars with caramel dripping, stacked

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 25 bars 1x
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall dessert recipe. Easy to make, and definitely a crowd pleaser!


Ingredients

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Crust

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

Filling

  • 1 (8- ounce) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 small Granny Smith apple, peeled and small diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Streusel Topping

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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Crust: In a medium sized bowl combine crust ingredients, flour, brown sugar and butter with a pastry cutter, or fork until they make a coarse crumb.
  3. Press the mixture firmly in the bottom of the pan and bake for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Filling: in a mixing bow, combine cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Beat until combined and smooth. Set aside.
  5. Dice apples and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Stir until coated evenly. Set aside.
  6. Streusel: Combining the light brown sugar, flour, oats and butter and stir with your pastry cutter or fork until evenly mixed. Set aside.
  7. Assemble: When crust is done baking, spread the cream cheese mixture on top of warm crust, top with diced apples and finally with streusel.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until center is set.
  9. When done drizzle caramel sauce all over the top.
  10. 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.
  11. Cut into squares when ready to serve.

Notes

store in an airtight container for up to 3 days

Keywords: cookies and cups, cheesecake, apple recipe, fall baking, cheesecake bars

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94 comments on “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars”

  1. I’m going to be making these this week once I have all the ingredients on hand.
    In your description you say to pour the caramel sauce over the streusal after baking and before chilling but in one of the comments you say drizzle over only when serving so I’m a bit confused. If I hadn’t read the comment I would have poured the caramel over the streusal after baking and before chilling. Please clarify.

    1. Caramel won’t make the streusel soggy, but since in that question the reader was making her own caramel I assumed it might be a thinner caramel. In all honesty you can do it either way, but I use a thicker store bought caramel and do it as written. If you want an obvious caramel drip drizzle it on right before serving. Or heck do both! lol!

  2. Kristen B. Smith

    Shelly, I am not very good about leaving comments on here but I have enjoyed your site and your recipes for many years! I have made these apple cheesecake bars several times and they are one of my daughter’s favorites! She is home from college (most likely for the rest of the semester) and asked if we could make these together last night. They were perfect as usual and cheered her up so much! We sprinkled just a touch of sea salt on top of the caramel and it was divine! I just wanted to let you know. These are strange times we are living in right now but comfort food helps – even our college kids! Blessings to you and your family!

    1. Thank you so much for leaving a comment! SO glad you enjoyed them and spent time with your daughter. Love the idea of the sea salt on top!

  3. This is a perennial favorite with my co-workers, especially the ones with Autumn birthdays! It is always gone before lunch.

  4. I’m planning to make these this weekend. Would you recommend drizzling the caramel sauce after chilling and just when slicing and serving? Or is it more important for the streusel to absorb it? I’m making my own caramel sauce and was thinking it might make the streusel soggy if I drizzle it after baking and before chilling. Thank you!

    1. I would definitely wait until you’re ready to serve! It will absolutely absorb into the streusel if you do it ahead!

  5. I used my Braeburn apples and it was a hit! I’m fairly certain ANY kind of apple would taste great in this recipe…Thanks for posting! I’m going to use it again for Thanksgiving with the family!

  6. These were by far the best dessert I have ever made, thank you so much for the recipe! I do have a couple of questions though. I made these yesterday with Granny Smith apples like the recipe calls for, but would it make a huge difference in taste to use two macintosh instead? I have so many of those left and am looking to use them up. Also, my streusel came out very moist and looked darker than yours did in the picture. Tasted absolutely AMAZING, but just looked different even though I used the same ingredients. So I guess my question is, is it supposed to be super moist or more dry of a topping?

    1. You could absolutely use Macintosh…I just like the tartness of the Granny Smith. But Macintosh will be totally fine!! It isn’t supposed to be dry, but not totally moist either. you could certainly play around with the ratios to suit your like 🙂

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