Homemade caramel apple cheesecake bars are a perfect fall dessert.
Are you an apple fan? Like cheesecake? I got a winner of a recipe for you – it’s a little more complicated than apple crisp, but if you prep all your ingredients before you start making it, it does come together pretty fast.
This is a Paula Deen recipe and I usually make it just as she has it, but this last time, I had a bunch of graham cracker crumbs in the freezer (they keep really well – if you’re going to crush just a few, why not a whole box and save them for later?), so this time I did a graham cracker crust. I’ve included both instructions, so you choose!
For me, cheesecake is best cold, so this is something that you can easily make the night before a fancy breakfast or maybe a baby shower brunch. Or even for a dessert.
More delicious apple desserts:
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Graham Cracker Crust:
- 2 cups crushed graham crackers
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
Plus: caramel topping
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
- Make your crust. If doing the graham cracker crust, mix all crust ingredients together and press to the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake 10 minutes.
- Make your cheesecake filling. In large bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer), beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
- Make your apple layer. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
- Make your streusel topping. In a small bowl (you can re-use the one you did for the apples), combine all streusel ingredients. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.
- Bake it. Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set.
- Serve it. Drizzle with caramel topping.
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her on Instagram.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in Sept 2014 and has been updated for freshness and comprehensiveness.