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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

close up of cheesecake bar with caramel drizzled on plate

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.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Crust:

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

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 24 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Apple Filling:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp sugar

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

For Topping:

  • Caramel sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter, and set aside.

Directions for 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.
  1. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared 9x13 baking pan.
  2. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Directions for 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.

Directions for Apple Filling:

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

Directions for 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.

Directions for Baking:

  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!

Notes

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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 536Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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Lauren

Sunday 27th of October 2019

I don't see the directions for the cheesecake layer ...

Jenni

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

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!

Jenni

Thursday 13th of October 2011

Thanks Shelley! It's called "nap time" LOL

shelley c.

Wednesday 12th of October 2011

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

Dana

Saturday 8th of October 2011

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!

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