You all know how much I love cheesecake. I don’t get this decadent treat very much, and I rarely make cheesecake at home. However, when we are in a city near a Cheesecake Factory? We get cheesecake as often as we can. My go-to cheesecake usually has peanut butter and chocolate in it. But lately, the flavors of fall have been enticing me. I had to try our own version of the Dutch Apple Caramel Streusel Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
These Caramel Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars were the answer.
I love making cheesecake in a bar form. There’s something about a hand-held cheescake that is just fun.
Plus, if you don’t actually put the cheesecake on a plate, I don’t think the calories ever count against you. Anyone with me on this?
You’ll love these little bites of fall flavor.
They have a cinnamon graham cracker crust.
Then, comes the cheesecake layer. And in the middle of that cheesecake layer is apple pie filling.
The top of the cheesecake has caramel topping swirled into it.
Then comes what I think is the best part. A streusel topping with brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts.
Streusel topping is one of my most favorite things. And it makes everything better.
1. Line the 9×9 pan with aluminum foil. This will make the cheesecake easy to remove.
2. I like small pieces of apple in my desserts, so I chopped the apples in the canned pie filling into small bites. This step isn’t necessary if you don’t mind big chunks of apple, but since I was cutting them into small squares, I think it was the right choice. That way every bite gets an apple taste.
3. This baking pan was very full. Put a pan underneath your 9×9 pan just in case the cheesecake overflows. Mine did not actually overflow, but it was close!
4. You want to be sure to let the cheesecake set and chill at least four hours, but preferably overnight. This waiting is hard, I understand. Go take a nap, read a good book, or go run a few miles so you can eat this cheesecake without any guilt! It’s definitely worth the wait! We tried some after four hours, and it was good, but we definitely liked it better the longer it sat in the fridge!
5. Remove the cheesecake from the pan by pulling up on the aluminum foil, then use a sharp knife to cut the cake into squares.
Definitely try out these bars this fall. You won’t be disappointed!
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