Back when I posted my All About Apples round-up, I included some apple recipes that I couldn’t wait to make during apple picking season. This recipe for caramel apple cheesecake bars was one of them and I finally got around to making them this past weekend. I know I made these bars for the first time a couple of years ago, but never blogged about them. I had completely forgotten about them until I saw them over at Delicious Meliscious. I am so glad that she blogged about them because they are delicious and I won’t forget about them again!
There are four layers to these bars. A buttery, sweet crust is topped with a layer of creamy cheesecake, then spiced chopped apples, and finished off with a streusel crumb topping. They are a bit more time-consuming than most bar recipes, but the taste is well worth the effort!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Streusel topping, recipe follows
- 1/2 cup caramel topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.
For the Streusel Topping:
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
P.S. If these bars look good to you, you will also love this Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie!Pin It