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
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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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."

KarenB PA User ID: 8934649 254221
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"Made this recipes substituting for the apples, 4C of chopped zucchini, core removed and peeled, then chopped. I tossed the chopped zucchini with a little sugar, and let it drain in a colander for about 30 minutes, just to pulled out some of the moisture. No one knew it wasn't apples, and loved it! Great way to use up some of summer's bounty. Will make this again with apples when all my zucchini are gone."

nicki1966 User ID: 8116565 254019
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"Fantastic..this receipe is super easy and the whole family loves them. Great for the fall!!! Your home will smell like an apple farm.... Perfect"

tifmccartney User ID: 8924129 253999
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"I made this over the weekend and it didn't turn out as well as I was expecting, and it took alot longer for me to make than I thought it would. The crust took longer to cook than instructed, and all the layers seemed to blend together. I may try this one more time before I give up!"

cruisingail User ID: 1553892 253922
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"These bars are a combo of cheesecake and apple cobbler. Very impressive for company!"

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