Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars Recipe
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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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It's a caramel apple, cheesecake and streusel-topped apple pie all rolled into one irresistible dessert. If you can’t resist a “taste test” before a party, just arrange them on a serving platter and no one will know a piece is missing from the pan! —Katherine White, Clemmons, North Carolina
Featured In: 25 Best Fall Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup hot caramel ice cream topping

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 191 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into a well-greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over crust.
  3. In a small bowl, toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar; spoon over cream cheese layer. In another bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and oats; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple layer.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping; cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars in Simple & Delicious October/November 2013, p52

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schamberlain User ID: 8299832 257710
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"Really yummy. I left off the caramel, hubby wont eat it if it's too sweet. Was perfect"

ladydi001 User ID: 8895708 256808
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Everyone loved these bars. I did use 3 large apples. I will definitely make again! Next time I might make the bottom crust a little thinner and maybe try adding a little cinnamon to the crust and streusel as another suggested. Yummy even without the caramel."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 256804
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"Thought this was really, really good. Has a really good crust that could be used for other bars. Made as directed."

MinnieCooks User ID: 8912535 256140
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2016

"This is a really tasty fall treat. Made this recently and everyone loved it. I omitted the caramel since I was taking it to a function and didn't want it to be too messy. Even without the caramel it was delicious. Tasted like a bite size cheesecake!"

maryeburton User ID: 7385640 255537
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2016

"Very good foundation recipe and the perfect size for parties. I made these yesterday. Quite a process. I am a very experienced baker and very organized in the kitchen. My processes go quickly and cleanly. This was a lengthy process for me. Maybe it was just an off day :( ....we all have them. I followed the recipe to a "t" after reading all the reviews. I shared the finished bars with the families of two of my sons. All, along with myself and my husband, felt that there could have been more flavor...more of an apple pie spice type flavor and definitely more apples. Would I make them again.....yes, but I would add cinnamon to both the crust and the streusel and would add an extra apple or two. I'm not sure the caramel made much difference to taste or texture except to add additional calories."

clbrake User ID: 4997165 255446
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016

"This recipe is AMAZING. And really a fun project. Never fail."

lettuceleaf User ID: 6561007 255246
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2016

"These bars are delicious and were a big hit at my house. Definitely will make them again. I peeled and shredded the apple which I think is easier than finely chopping."

newgrandma User ID: 1077052 254748
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

"These are wonderful! Made them for a ladies Bible study group and got rave reviews. My husband was glad there were a few left over."

wanders6 User ID: 4956076 254692
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"Amazing recipe, thank you for sharing. I had no left overs!"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 254623
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"And we have a winner! Great recipe. Takes a few steps to get it all put together and it's not a super quick dish....but it's a fantastic fall flavor dessert. I added a little extra cinnamon to the top layer. Smells terrific baking. Caramel adds an extra punch. Would make again for sure."

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