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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 noticed that someone else substituted Fuji apples in this recipe, I have some beautiful Braeburn apples laying around that I’m gonna try, I’ll report back!! 🙂

  2. Cookies4kids

    Could these bars be frozen?? I do a ton of baking each month for our church bake sale, and I try todo as much ahead as I can. I would love it if all recipes came with a note stating if they could be frozen. This one sounds so delicious and it will be first on my list for this month!!!

    1. I happened to use salted, because that’s pretty much what I always use…but unsalted will be FINE!! You might need to adjust the amount of salt you add, adding 1/4 tsp-1/2 tsp more…but just do it to your own taste!

    1. Sure, it will be fine! I like the tarter, firmer texture of the Granny Smith, but in a pinch The McI will be fine!

  3. These look great, and I’ve been waiting over a week to make them. However, for some reason, when I went to bake them today, the recipe had disappeared. Is there an issue with the site or is it me?

  4. I made these bars in the Fall and they were excellent!!! I made them yesterday and instead of the diced apples in sugar and pumpkin pie spice, I took a can of cherry pie filling cut the cherries in 1/2 and stirred in 1/2tsp. of almond extract. I spread it on top of the cheesecake layer and then finished with the streusel. I did not use the caramel sauce. They were outstanding also! Thanks!

  5. Hi Shelly! I just wanted to post a quick note about these bars. They are delicious! I can’t keep out of the pan of them! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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