Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These delicious Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars taste like "more" and are a perfect slice of warm, spicy Fall flavors, blended with creamy cheesecake and crunchy struesel. Yum!

These delicious Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars taste like “more” and are a perfect slice of warm, spicy Fall flavors, blended with creamy cheesecake and crunchy struesel. Yum!

It’s almost time for peak apple season! Are you, like me, anticipating the cooler temperatures of Fall, crisp, crunchy leaves underfoot and deliciously sweet and flavorful in-season apples? Living in Nebraska, the annual Apple Jack Festival at Arbor Lodge is a favorite outing for those of us in the southeast corner of the state. When I think of apples and Fall, I think of baking and cinnamon–even pumpkin. Warm spices are perfect complements to tart-sweet fruit and are at the heart of many of my favorite “Fall” recipes.

My Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars take warm spices, caramel apples and fall to a whole new level of delicious indulgence. Dessert can be comfort food, right? I think so, because these delicious bars just taste like “home” and the house smells AWE-mazing while it’s baking! I shared the recipe once in 2011, but I think it’s definitely time to resurrect it and share the joy! Let’s bake some “Fall”! You know you want it!  :)  Enjoy!

 

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
 
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Ingredients
Crust Ingredients
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened, but not melted
Filling Ingredients
  • 3 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ 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
  • ¼ cup sugar
Streusel Topping Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled (old fashioned) oats
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup King Arthur Flour cinnamon chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Drizzle Ingredients
  • ½ - ¾ cup of your favorite caramel sauce
Instructions
  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.
For the streusel topping:
  1. I used my stand mixer, again, to mix all the streusel ingredients together, but it could just as easily be mixed with a fork.
  2. Sprinkle streusel topping over apple mixture.
  3. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Remove from oven and drizzle with caramel topping.
  5. Allow to cool and then set in refrigerator. (This is at it's flavor-best when served cold.)

 

Comments

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words! Photography is something that continues to “evolve” for me. So glad you stopped by! Your Mocha Snow Caps for SRC this month are fantastic!

  1. 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

  2. says

    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!

  3. 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!

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