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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.

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mkroontje User ID: 6791410 271834
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2017

"I made these for my coworkers and now they are requested by them all the time! So good!"

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."

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!"

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 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 User ID: 6068403 253862
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

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

jenifer888 User ID: 6367188 249541
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

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

[email protected] User ID: 5818654 245297
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

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

BetseyWR User ID: 6621854 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 User ID: 8560779 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 User ID: 7721156 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 User ID: 1488797 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 User ID: 7228365 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 User ID: 8315516 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 User ID: 6837949 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 User ID: 7052020 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 User ID: 1214956 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 User ID: 5824124 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 User ID: 4046105 223401
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Took some time, but were delicious!"

JoycemRhodes User ID: 6846874 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 User ID: 2076446 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 !"

[email protected] User ID: 3820395 126590
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

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

Ourcatmeu User ID: 7869662 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 User ID: 5795650 181859
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2014

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

gucci65 User ID: 7131119 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 User ID: 7083663 138106
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

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

Wrangler505 User ID: 1439094 181858
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

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

luigimon User ID: 1692040 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 User ID: 7742611 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 User ID: 6343224 116681
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

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

Michelle5472 User ID: 6503098 123208
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2014

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

jodyblue User ID: 7649265 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 User ID: 2041371 121588
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

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

Nunuk User ID: 7153413 213197
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2014

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

dolanlmt User ID: 5749004 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 User ID: 6584951 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 User ID: 6948922 185867
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

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

Tweeteshere User ID: 7978287 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 User ID: 7780625 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 User ID: 3826036 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 User ID: 7896110 121356
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"Look forward to making them"

Trap1360 User ID: 7460104 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....."

Seminoles User ID: 1412865 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 User ID: 2662239 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 User ID: 1384259 197975
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2014

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

kmarqui User ID: 3651843 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 User ID: 2379383 181855
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

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

mcsparky48 User ID: 4148222 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 User ID: 7451943 194642
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

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

bivi User ID: 5466102 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 User ID: 923462 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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