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Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

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wanders6 254692
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

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

JGa2595176 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 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 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 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 253922
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

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

angelasandoval 253904
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"This was delicious! And the aroma while it was baking was heavenly! I was worried it might be overly sweet, but it was perfect! Will definitely make this one again and again!"

GoGinger22 253862
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"This is the same recipe as Paula deens very good.made many times."

jenifer888 249541
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"Winner of our family caramel contest. No leftovers. Thanks"

MY REVIEW 245297
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"Wonderful flavor, easy to make, everyone loved it! Grandson gave it five stars!"

BetseyWR 243689
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Took this to a potluck dinner. Got many rave reviews and requests for this recipe. The time needs to be adjusted at the start of the recipe as there are 2 separate baking times totaling 40 - 48 minutes. Not a recipe to make if you are in a hurry but the result is so worth the effort."

MerrieSue 239864
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"This was such a hit at Thanksgiving, I've been asked to make it again for Christmas. It is really easy to love making this dessert, especially when asked to bring it again."

Kaitlym 236081
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"First let me say i was having one of those days and put these in the oven for a few minutes before i realized the cheesecake filling was still in the bowl. After scraping as much of the topping as i could and putting the cheesecake on the apples i took it to a family party without trying it. I let everyone know i didnt know what it was going to taste like, it was a huge hit. Some took 2 pieces. No issue with the crust which i baked for 15 mins,( could be because the apples were on top of it. Great recipe, next time i hope to make it the way it is written."

Cherie Hill 235502
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015 Edited Oct. 24, 2015

"I debated whether to make these bars or not because I really don't care for crispy apples in baked goods when there isn't enough baking time to get them done. I decided to go ahead and bake these bars and I'm so glad I did. They are delicious! I did grate the apples, (Granny Smith) instead of thinly chopping and this worked out perfect and the apples were NOT crispy. Just right! Yum! I followed some of the other reviews and baked the crust for 10 minutes instead of the 15-18 minutes. I did not measure the caramel topping. I just drizzled almost half of a 12.25oz. jar of Smuckers Caramel Ice Cream topping. I served these bars at coffee hour after church and i received many compliments. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe!"

SundanceGirl 235475
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2015

"Made for a card party and YUM. None left over. Had Honey crisp apples on hand and used gluten free flour for crust. Very good recipe"

bfmulligan 235439
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"I made these for our office halloween potluck and they were a hit! They tasted like apple pie, but even better. I saved some for my picky kids and they even loved them. Great Fall dessert when you're sick of the usual ones."

karenlperry 234974
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"I made these last fall for a couple events and they were a hit with everyone. Several people asked for the recipe. It took me about 45 min to prepare but well worth it. I'm going to make them again this weekend."

ms.thang 233240
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"This is an EXCELLENT recipe! Many compliments. I added a little more apple because I had it (used Granny Smith). Watch the time closely when baking the crust and only get very lightly browned, mine did not bake the full time or it would have been overdone. Apple lovers should try this one!"

SuSey22 232734
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"made these for dessert ,Oh my , more than one bar is missing from the platter! Great fall flavors, easy to make!"

crazy4sushi 232347
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2015

"I used 4 big apples. 1 of the bricks of cream cheese was reduced fat. Used a home made goats milk cateja"

rmbarr059 223401
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Took some time, but were delicious!"

JoycemRhodes 220325
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"Absolute 5 stars. Made this for my Sunday School class.

everybody loved it. Several asked for recipe. Had 77 in class that Sunday. Everybody that got a piece ask for me to bring a double batch next Sunday."

mimi4250 215477
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"Made these a couple of years ago. I followed the recipe exactly and these bars are AMAZING!!!! My son looked at me and said " These bars are the best thing you have ever made mom " !!!! LOL.. wasn't exactly sure how to take that but they sure are good !"

MY REVIEW 126590
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"My mother in law's favorite dessert! It's a great autumn taste!"

Ourcatmeu 152121
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"I made this delicious receipe and my family l l loved it. Will try to make again for Thanksgiving."

BWatford 181859
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"Can this cheesecake be made in advance and frozen prior to Thanksgiving.?"

gucci65 126588
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

"Again I will say that these are a huge hit. A tad bit time consuming but so worth it !"

angelic0w 138106
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"These were fun to make and a big hit at the church luncheon. I will definitely make again..."

Wrangler505 181858
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"Loved these so did everyone I shared them with."

luigimon 152120
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"These did take a little extra time to make, but so worth it. My friends just adored these! My crust was perfect, but I know my oven. Always set the timer 2 minutes less than the minimum bake time. I did drizzle the caramel, but I didn't measure it. I don't think I used enough......more next time!!"

joycesanders 116683
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"I agree with Jodyblue - crust was way too hard! If I make it again, I will change the crust and add chopped nuts to the streusel."

RiaT 116681
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"loved it, didn't have caramel topping, but they were still delicious"

Michelle5472 123208
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

"These were GREAT!!! I highly recommend making these WONDERFUL!!!"

jodyblue 121615
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"They were very good, but way too long for the base to be in the oven. Found the base very hard. The base is in oven total of 40-48 min. If I made them again I would only bake base 5 min. then it is oven again 25 min. Totally enough. 4 star"

thomsmom 121588
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"Very good recipe I bet it would be fantastic with pears and or peaches or with cranberries, YUM"

Nunuk 213197
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

"This is So Delicious. One of my families New Favorites! I will be making this again real soon."

dolanlmt 121586
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Made 1/2 recipe for a test to see if it would be good for study club. We thought it was great1 Will make it today for study group."

subyz123 138105
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"These were a lot of trouble, quite expensive, and not as good as I had expected. I did use Neufchâtel instead of cream cheese which should not have affected the flavor, only the consistency perhaps. My gala apples did not get soft, were crunchier than I expected or preferred, and I now read not a good choice for cooking so that was perhaps a bad choice on my part. I doubt that I make them again but the next time I would definitely pay attention to the baking quality of the apple variety! I have a number of less labor intensive recipes that produce better results to warrant making these again."

LGHK 185867
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

"Wonderful Loved them Making them for the next party here"

Tweeteshere 197171
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These are so good. A huge favorite! I loved it so much, I shared with my daughters. One of them will try it with pears!"

cath49 197984
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These bars are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing. Definitely will make again!"

kamkerrym54 198922
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"SUPA...If you haven't made them then DONOT post! This site is for REVIEWS not comments! I have made these and they are out of this world!! This is a recipe that I will make over and over again!"

Tkantor 121356
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Look forward to making them"

Trap1360 138104
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These were fabulous!! I've made them several times, and always get asked for the recipe. They are a perfect Fall dessert. Supa - do you realize you just took down the entire rating average with your 1 star, just to make a commentary....."

Supa 152119
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Thanks to those that gave a REAL review. It irks me when people review something they haven't made yet or slam it with negatives because of their personal choices. I look forward to trying this recipe and rate as a 1 star since I have not made it yet! TOH, you need an option for "have not made yet or want to make this" vs forcing us to give a star rating in order to post a review."

Seminoles 198921
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These are fabulous. I made them last Autumn for a family get-together and it's been the #1 requested dessert ever since. It does take a little time but it makes a lot and is absolutely worth it!"

kallsmom 198920
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"These were a big hit with my family! Kids loved them and asked when I would make them again!! I didn't change anything!"

helenmn 197975
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

"These were delicious, I omitted the caramel sauce on the top. Will definitely be making them again"

kmarqui 197974
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"God Bless who ever came up with Apple Caramel Cheesecake bars!!! These are so yummy and will satisfy any sweet tooth. These are now my go to bars to bring to pot lucks. Many thanks!"

khegeman 181855
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Delicious. I made it for 2 potlucks and everyone loved it. Very simple."

mcsparky48 126587
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2013

"These bars were delicious!! Several steps, but well worth it. I realized the night before i was having lunch guests that i had not thought about a dessert. I just rec'd the Oct/Nov issue of Simple and Delicious and selected these bars because i had all the ingredients in my pantry. I and my guests were glad i did. This recipe is a keeper!"

gigibear 194642
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"Amazingly delicious!! A big hit with the family, they ask for them all the time now."

bivi 197170
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"These bars were a hit at a picnic, and I plan to take them to another one soon. They freeze well!"

mmachado 126573
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"These bars were a lot of work but certainly worth all the time and effort. I would wait for a special occasion to make them again."

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