Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars have layers of cheesecake, apple pie filling, and caramel and a brown sugar, nut and oat streusel topping. One of the best apple recipes for the fall apple picking season!

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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 The 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 Cheesecake Bars were the answer.

I love making cheesecake in a bar form.  There’s something about a hand-held cheesecake 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?

several caramel apple cheesecake bars sitting on sheets of white parchment paper

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. I used store-bought pie filling, which is not usually my favorite but I was looking for a shortcut for this part. If you’d like to take the time to use homemade pie filling, it will just taste all the more delicious!

The top of the cheesecake has caramel topping swirled into it. Just simply caramel ice cream topping will do.

Then comes what I think is the best part.  A streusel topping with brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts. Baked into the top. 🙂

Streusel topping is one of my most favorite things.  And it makes everything better.

pretty white dessert plate holding homemade apple cheesecake bars

Tips for making caramel apple cheesecake bars:

  1. Line the 8×8 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 a taste of apple.
  3. This baking pan was very full.  Put a pan underneath your 8×8 pan just in case the cheesecake overflows.  Mine did not actually overflow, but it is better to be safe than sorry!
  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.

homemade caramel apple bars with a crumbly oat streusel topping

Definitely make a batch of caramel apple cheesecake bars this fall.  You won’t be disappointed!

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

3.67 from 6 votes
Caramel apple cheesecake with a cinnamon graham cracker crust.
Servings 24 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers about 1 sleeve
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened

Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups apple pie filling with the apples chopped into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping

Streusel:

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8x8 baking pan with tin foil. In a small bowl, combine the crushed graham crackers and butter. Press them into the bottom of the baking pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute or until creamy and smooth. Add eggs, sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Beat just until smooth and creamy. Spread ½ the batter over the cooled graham cracker crust. Drop the apple pie filling by teaspoons over the cheesecake layer. Spread the remaining batter over the apples. Drizzle the caramel topping over the cheesecake. Then take a knife and swirl it gently into the batter.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the streusel. Spread the streusel evenly over top the cheesecake.
  • Bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes or until the cheesecake has set and the edges are lightly browned.
  • Cool completely, then store the cheesecake in the fridge.

Nutrition

Serving: 94g | Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g
Author Lizzy T
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 284

 

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Nichola
8 years ago

Mine overflowed but nonetheless it was great. Will do again

JoAnn
4 months ago

Haven’t tried it yet but it looks wonderful and I’m confident it will be delicious. The only change I made was to put it in an 8×11 dish since I tend to be a bit generous with my measurements. Thanks for a great recipe!