Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars start with a shortbread crust, a thick cheesecake layer, and are topped with diced cinnamon apples and a sweet streusel topping. These are a tried and true cheesecake bar dessert recipe.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

 

CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE BARS

I can’t believe it’s the end of September and I haven’t posted any apple desserts yet. That’s insane.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

 

 
For me, September is all about the apple!
 
I’ve been making this Paula Deen recipe for a couple of years now and they’ve always been good but they always needed a little more cheesecake filling in my opinion to match the thick crust and ample streusel topping.
 
So I increased the cheesecake filling and these are even better than I remember.
 
It may seem like a lot of steps but they actually come together quickly and are well worth your time.
 
These are always what I take when I’m feeding a crowd.

WHAT ARE CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE BARS?

These have a flaky shortbread crust, a simple cheesecake filling, and has cinnamon apples and a brown sugar streusel on top. Drizzle caramel sauce on top when serving. I like Mrs. Richardson’s caramel or any other brand that’s on the thicker side.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

WHAT KIND OF APPLES SHOULD I USE?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsI use Granny Smith green apples because they are a little more tart and the recipe is on the sweet side so it balances out. You can really use any apple you have on hand.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Add some cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg to the apples.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

The cheesecake layer goes on top of the shortbread crust.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsAdd the seasoned apples on top!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

The crumble on top is pretty simple with some flour, brown sugar, oats, and butter.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Seems thick but melts down.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

You know it’s done when it’s nice and golden brown.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsYou can add the caramel on top right before serving or before you chill them. This recipe is always requested any time I bring it anywhere.

CAN I FREEZE THESE CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE BARS?

Absolutely. You can freeze these caramel apple cheesecake bars. Just like most cheesecakes, this recipe freezes well. Just make sure to save the caramel topping for when serving.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These creamy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars start with a shortbread crust, a thick cheesecake layer, and are topped with diced cinnamon apples and a sweet streusel topping.

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 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
Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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 9x13 baking pan that is greased or lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil or parchment. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 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.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from Paula Deen.  Increased the cheesecake layer by 1.5. 

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars