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Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

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Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall dessert! With layers of creamy cheesecake filling, cinnamon apples, strudel topping, and caramel, they’re rich, indulgent, and delicious.
close up of cheesecake bar with caramel drizzled on plate

I am not going to lie to you here, but I won’t exaggerate, either.

These bars are probably the best thing I have eaten in a long time. They are…So. Amazing. There are five layers of awesomeness going on here – a brown sugar/butter crust, a thick and creamy cheesecake filling, cinnamon apples, a perfect strudel topping, and a drizzle of caramel.

Oh. My.

You need to make these. Like, now. And, if like me, you know you won’t be able to trust yourself at home alone all day with a pan of caramel apple crumble cheesecake bars, there’s good news. The recipe can be made in two 8-inch square pans instead of one 9×13 pan!

Take one to work, send the other to the neighbor’s house, or only make half a batch.

spoonful of apple-topped cheesecake bars dessert

How to make these cheesecake bars

For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter, and set aside.

Make the crust:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar.
  2. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, two forks, or your hands, until the mixture is crumbly.
  3. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Make the cheesecake layer:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth.
  2. One at a time, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour cheesecake batter over the warm crust.

Make the apple filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Pour over the cream cheese mixture and spread evenly.

Make the streusel layer:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter until evenly combined.
  2. Sprinkle this over the apple mixture.

Baking directions:

  1. Bake the bars for 40-45 minutes, or until the filling is set.
  2. Allow to cool and drizzle caramel sauce over the top.
  3. Keep refrigerated, and enjoy!
cheesecake bars topped with cinnamon apples, streusel and caramel sauce

 

The FAQ on Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars

Here are a few commonly asked questions about making this cheesecake bars recipe.

Can cheesecake bars be frozen?

Yes, it is possible to freeze these cheesecake bars. Keep in mind, however, that the water in apples will alter the consistency of the cheesecake, making it a bit watery.

Do you have to refrigerate cheesecake after baking?

Just like a traditional cheesecake, these apple crumble cheesecake bars contain dairy products, so they must be kept refrigerated. However, with the pan covered, they can safely stay at room temperature for 3-4 hours at a party.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

This recipe for Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars makes the perfect fall dessert! With layers of creamy cheesecake filling, cinnamon apples, strudel topping, and caramel, it’s rich, indulgent, and delicious.
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Course: Bar Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel apple, cheesecake bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 536kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 24 oz packages of cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Filling:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup butter softened

For Topping:

  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter, and set aside.

Directions for Crust:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar.
  • Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, two forks, or your hands, until the mixture is crumbly.
  • Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared 9×13 baking pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Directions for Cheesecake Layer:

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth.
  • One at a time, mix in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Pour cheesecake batter over the warm crust.

Directions for Apple Filling:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Pour over the cream cheese mixture.

Directions for Streusel Layer:

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter until evenly combined.
  • Sprinkle this over the apple mixture.

Directions for Baking:

  • Bake the bars for 40-45 minutes, or until the filling is set.
  • Allow to cool and drizzle caramel sauce over the top.
  • Keep refrigerated, and enjoy!

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 536kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 209mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g

5 Comments

  1. Oh. My. Lord. What is this temptation you're putting in front of me now? This looks dangerous! I'm totally going to make it asap!

  2. How in the world do you do it?? I am totally amazed by you. And these look beyond amazing.

  3. I don’t see the directions for the cheesecake layer …

    1. Hi Lauren! They were in there, just not clearly written. I have added some headings in the recipe card and made the directions clearer so its easier to read! Hope that helps!

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