Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I’m just going to put this out there. This is my husband’s new favorite dessert. And then there’s Grandma Judy. For those who are new here, Grandma Judy is our landlord who lives in our garage (which has been converted to a flat), who we absolutely adore. Which is a good thing. Because she’s our landlord. And she lives in our garage. She loves to cook as much as I do and so we are constantly bringing dishes back and forth for each other. She is always complimentary of the food I make for her, but there are three dishes that have received the OMG reaction. The one where she marches over with her plate licked clean raving about how amazing it is and demanding to get the recipe. So far this Chicken Enchilada Casserole , this Craisen Spinach Salad and now these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are what have nearly done her in. But like I said, my husband can back up her claim. And so can I. And so can each of my four kids. And their friends that ate some after school too. This is definitely a dessert to remember!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the crust, In a medium bowl, combine flour, and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a knife and stir as you go so that the butter doesn’t all stick together. Press evenly into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
For the cheesecake filling, in a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat softened cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add vanilla and blend until combined. Pour over warm crust.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
For the apple layer, in a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
For the streusel topping, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and butter. Use a fork to blend in butter until evenly distributed, then mix in oats. Sprinkle evenly over apple layer.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is just set and streusel topping is lightly browned (don’t over cook, it’s okay if the center is still a tad bit soft, it should harden up in the fridge). Let cool on counter for 1 hour. Then refrigerate for at least 3 more hours. Drizzle each serving with caramel ice cream topping and serve.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
Crust:
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8oz) packages Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Apple Layer:
3-4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 cup whole grain Oats
1/2 cup Butter, softened
Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the crust, In a medium bowl, combine flour, and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a knife and stir as you go so that the butter doesn’t all stick together. Press evenly into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned. For the cheesecake filling, in a large bowl use an electric mixer to beat softened cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add vanilla and blend until combined. Pour over warm crust. For the apple layer, in a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. For the streusel topping, in a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, and butter. Use a fork to blend in butter until evenly distributed, then mix in oats. Sprinkle evenly over apple layer. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is just set and streusel topping is lightly browned (don’t over cook, it’s okay if the center is still a tad bit soft, it should harden up in the fridge). Let cool on counter for 1 hour. Then refrigerate for at least 3 more hours. Drizzle each serving with caramel ice cream topping and serve.

Source | Averie Cooks

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50 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  1. Janessa says:

    Oh my heavens! I’m definitely with Grandma Judy on this one! And I haven’t even tasted it yet. My eyes are enjoying the feast though and I can’t wait to let my mouth join the party too!

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  2. Erin P says:

    I love the name of your blog! And these look delicious and I’m so happy to see they are free of any packaged mixes. Bravo! I will be trying these in the future!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Thanks so much, Erin, for stopping by and for the thoughtful comment! Since moving here to New Zealand so many of the packaged mixes aren’t available so I’ve had to learn to make most everything from scratch. It takes a little longer, but is so worth it knowing we’re all eating healthier, not to mention that everything tastes so much better this way!

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    • Whisked Away says:

      Thanks K! I know what you mean, it’s not your typical combination, but they work together in the best way possible! Loving your link up party, btw, such a great way to meet so many wonderful bloggers!

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  3. Dana Fashina says:

    That’s awesome that you have such a great relationship with your landlord and trading food only makes it better!
    These look really, really good, I need no further convincing 🙂

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  4. elamb says:

    I think it’s so cute that you two share food and exchange recipes, that is very sweet! And I’ve had an OMG reaction to this cheesecake bar as well, it looks fantastic! lLove your photos. Happy FF#65 🙂

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