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
Cheesecake with the fall flavors of caramel and apple
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.