Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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

 

I’ve been making this Paula Deen recipe for a couple of years now. They’ve always been good but they always needed a little more cheesecake filling in my opinion.

My thinking is that more filling would 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.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall dessert. However, it's good any time of year! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Servings: 6
Calories: 360 kcal
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Apples:
  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 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 1 stick butter, softened
Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling
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 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. 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, remaining 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.
  6. Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set.
  7. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

Enjoy these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars!

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