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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are filled with an apple pie cheesecake batter and then sprinkled with tender apples, a sweet streusel topping, and a drizzle of caramel. Simple to prepare and even better to eat, this dessert captures the delicious flavors of fall!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dessert, cheesecake recipe
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened

Apples:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and diced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

Cheesecake filling:

  • 2 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • teaspoons apple pie spice
  • Dash of nutmeg

Streusel topping:

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
  • Caramel sauce for drizzling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil greased with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or hands. Combine until it resembles a course mixture. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned. Set aside.
  • While crust is baking, prepare the apples and cheesecake batter. In a small bowl, combine the apples, cinnamon, white sugar, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until soft and creamy with an electric hand mixer or stand mixer with fitted paddle attachment. Add in egg, sugar, vanilla, and apple pie spice, beating well to thoroughly combine.
  • Pour batter onto prepared crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle seasoned apples over top.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, old-fashioned oats, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over cheesecake batter.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cheesecake filling is set. Remove from oven and let cool for at least one hour.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce and cut into bars.

Notes

Apples can either be mixed into batter or sprinkled on top.
Slightly adapted from Paula Deen

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg