With layers of short bread crust, cheesecake, apples, streusel, and caramel drizzle, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall dessert.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fall dessert! These bars are loaded with layers of short bread crust, cream cheese filling, cinnamon apples, streusel, and caramel drizzle. The combination is divine!
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time5 hrs 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Author: Garnish and Glaze

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup butter, softened

For the Middle Layer:

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

For the Apple layer:

  • 3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup caramel topping
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

For the Crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (set to 325 if using a dark pan). Line a 9x13 inch pan with heavy duty aluminum foil (for easy removal).
  • Mix flour and brown sugar together in a medium bowl. Cut butter in with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Spread mixture evenly in the bottom of the pan and pat it down (don't wash the bowl yet! Use it for the streusel!). Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the middle layer.

For the Middle Layer:

  • With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Pour over crust.

For the Apples:

  • Mix apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl. Spread apples evenly over cream cheese layer.

For the Streusel:

  • Combine flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut butter in with a fork or pastry blender until crumbly. Spread evenly over the apples.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes until center is set. Allow bars to cool and then refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  • Remove the cheesecake by lifting the foil out. Cut cheesecake into 24 bars (or more is you want them smaller) and then drizzle with caramel. Garnish with sliced apples (optional).