Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars: My October Secret Recipe Club Entry

On October 17, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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caramel apple cheesecake bars

These taste like MORE! :)

This month I was assigned to check out all the recipes at Delicious Existence and choose one to make my own, for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.  The majority of Danielle’s recipes are raw, vegan or vegetarian, so there were tons of healthy options to choose from, but wouldn’t you know one of her desserts was just calling my name.  Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars looked and sounded like the perfect dessert for this brisk fall weather we’ve been having, so I began my baking adventure.  I had to laugh, reading through her post, as it turns out this recipe was one she made for her Secret Recipe Club selection.

I don’t have many of the ingredients in my kitchen that Danielle used in her original recipe, but I was able to substitute things from my own kitchen with great results.  This recipe turned out absolutely delicious and we’ll definitely be making it again, though I think we will substitute our favorite cheesecake crust recipe, next time.  I’ll share that soon in an upcoming post, but for now, on to the recipe as I put it together for October’s Secret Recipe Club Challenge.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Rating: 51

24 bars

Delicious dessert to usher in fall!


    Crust Ingredients
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened, but not melted
  • Filling Ingredients
  • 3 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract
  • Apple Topping Ingredients
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, & finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • (Streusel Topping Ingredients)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup King Arthur Flour cinnamon chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Drizzle Ingredients
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup of your favorite caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cover a 9x13" cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. For the crust:
  4. Combine the butter, flour and brown sugar, until mixture is crumbly and evenly distributed. You could use a pastry blender or forks to do this by hand. I used my stand mixer. A few pulses in a food processor would work, as well.
  5. Press into foil lined cake pan and bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  6. For the cheesecake filling:
  7. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat all the filling ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  8. Pour the filling over your warm crust.
  9. For the apple filling:
  10. Stir together chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
  11. Spoon evenly over cheesecake mixture.
  12. For the streusel topping:
  13. I used my stand mixer, again, to mix all the streusel ingredients together, but it could just as easily be mixed with a fork.
  14. Sprinkle streusel topping over apple mixture.
  15. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  16. Remove from oven and drizzle with caramel topping.
  17. Allow to cool and then set in refrigerator. (This is at it's flavor-best when served cold.)
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Check out all the other great entries in the October Secret Recipe Club!


51 Responses to Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars: My October Secret Recipe Club Entry

  1. These look too good! They’re perfect for this time of year too. :)

  2. Stopping over from the SRC page and these bars look so creamy and delicious! Great recipe choice!

  3. Trisha says:

    Caramel apples and cheesecake in one treat, what a great find!

  4. BigFatBaker says:

    How deliciously festive for fall! I can totally see these being served right along side a slice of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  5. ButterYum says:

    I pinned the recipe before I ever read your review – YUM! Love all your great photos. Great SRC pick!

    Hope you’ll stop by and see my SRC post,

  6. Owen's Mom says:

    Oh, that sounds like just what is needed in this brisk Fall weather . I am such a sucker for cheesecake, apples & caramel. Great recipe choice!

  7. Oh my gosh! I would eat the entire pan. They look wonderful! great pic!

  8. this looks so divine! can’t wait to make these..thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh my goodness that looks completely amazing!

  10. Fantastic photography!!! Love the captures and the recipe!

  11. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum!

  12. Your baked goods and photography (as always) look absolutely beautiful!

  13. Miz Helen says:

    Your Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars look delicious and a great combination! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    Southwest Chicken and Potato Soup

  14. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says:

    Oh my goodness, that sounds completely amazing!!! YUM! Just pinned it! :)

  15. This looks delicious! There is nothing like caramel and apple in the fall. I can’t wait to make this for my family! Thanks for sharing #Cbias

  16. diane says:

    Oh, YUM! You should come link this up to my What’s Cooking Wednesday linky this week!


  17. Kathy Murphy says:

    The name alone makes me want one. Those look great.

  18. Wow! What a perfect treat for fall…loving apple desserts right now, and this one is over the top!! Yum!

  19. they look delicious, love caramel apple mixed with cheesecake oh my!

  20. Taylor says:

    I’ve made these before and they are SO good! Your pictures are making me crave them again…

  21. Incredible! The struesel topping really adds a whole new dimension to the dessert…my mouth is watering just thinking about it! By the way….did I mention I am coming to live with you now? You always make such incredible treats, and I could live with you and be your taste tester. I’ll do the dishes….promise!

  22. Kristen says:

    Those sound delicious. I love finding new apple desserts to try!!

  23. Lisa~~ says:

    What a great SRC choice as the bars look delicious and so perfect flavor wise for this time of year. I will be making these.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  24. amy says:

    Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!

  25. d.b says:

    this just blew my mind, i’m getting my bf to come over to have a bake-fest!
    best of both worlds… and by that i mean my two fave deserts!

  26. Looks divine! :-)

    Thanks for being a part of the SRC, Group B, I love being your host (new assignments coming soon)! My recipe was for Frozen Breakfast Burritos. Check it out if you haven’t had the chance already, I know I am a few days behind (sorry!)

  27. Lily says:

    Mm. Looks yummy. Really, if there’s a streusel topping involved, count me in!

  28. Telebrands says:

    These caramel apple cheesecake bars look wonderful. The crumbly top looks like the best part.

  29. Suzanne says:

    mmm.. these look great,super for a crowd too.

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