Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars (Your friends will beg for this recipe!)

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These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are HEAVENLY. They have a sweet crust, a cheesecake filling, a cinnamon apple topping, and salted caramel on top.

Fork cutting into a slice of Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar. Caramel, apples and dish in the background.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are full of fall flavor. Apples and caramel always taste great together, but served up on a warm crust with a creamy cheesecake layer makes them both taste even better. Using a 9×13 baking pan, these dump and go cheesecake bars are the perfect way to host a get together. Bring these bars to a Fall potluck or Thanksgiving feast and everyone will be begging for the recipe!

Serving spatula holding up a slice of Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar.

Salted Caramel Sauce

This was my first time making homemade salted caramel and it was SO good and SO easy! It takes the sugar quite a while to melt down, so don’t worry if it seems like it is taking a long time (The wait is TOTALLY worth it — trust me!). It is the perfect topping for these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. I made a double batch so I ended up with a bunch of leftover caramel. I think it would taste amazing on top of some vanilla ice cream!

Spoon holding up a drizzle of the Salted Caramel for Apple Cheesecake Bars.

FAQ

How do I store leftover caramel sauce?

Store the caramel in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Heat it up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds before you use it because it does stiffen in the fridge.

How do I store leftover bars?

The bars can be stored covered in the fridge. The caramel will harden in the fridge, so set them out and let them reach room temperature before serving.

Can I add a streusel topping?

Yes! If you want to take your cheesecake bars to the next level, then add a streusel topping on top of the apples. Using a pastry blender, fork, or your fingers, combine ½ cup all purpose flour, ½ cup butter, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 cup sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the apple layer. Follow instructions below for baking and drizzle caramel sauce on top.

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How to Make Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Fork cutting into a slice of Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar. Caramel, apples and dish in the background.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

5 from 5 votes
These Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are HEAVENLY. They have a sweet crust, a cheesecake filling, a cinnamon apple topping, and salted caramel on top.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

Salted Caramel Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350. Mix flour, brown sugar, and butter slices. Mix with a hand mixer or with your hands until combined and crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
    Baking dish with pressed unbaked crust to make Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. Green apples on the side.
  • Mix cream cheese and ½ cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Pour over crust.
    Dish spread with cheesecake layer for Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. Spatula and green apples on the side.
  • In a large bowl, combine apples, cinnamon and 2 TBSP of sugar. Stir until the apples are coated. Spoon apple topping on top of the cheesecake layer.
    Dish sprinkled with diced apple topping for Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. Green apples on the side.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
    Baked Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars in a dish. Green apples and cinnamon sticks on the side.

Salted Caramel Topping

  • Heat sugar in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly with wooden spoon and make sure to scrape the sides and bottom. Sugar will form clumps and eventually melt into a thick brown liquid. Continue to stir constantly.
    Heavy pan with sugar and a wooden spoon to make the Salted Carmel topping the Apple Cheesecake Bars.
  • Once sugar is melted, add in the butter. The caramel will bubble up when you add in the butter, so be careful when adding it. Stir until butter is completely melted and combined with caramel.
    Cooked sugar with butter in a heavy pan and wooden spoon to make the Salted Caramel for Apple Cheesecake Bars.
  • Slowly add the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up when you add the cream as well. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add in sea salt.
    Spoon holding up a drizzle of the Salted Caramel for Apple Cheesecake Bars.
  • Drizzle over bars immediately before serving.
    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar on a plate with a fork and extra caramel on the side. Dish of Apple Cheesecake Bars and green apples in the background.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 391mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 1034IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    You had me at cheesecake. Cheesecake is my favorite dessert. This looks and sounds delicious, wish I could have some with freshly brewed coffee right now.

  2. Just wondering if you feel that this recipe can be doubled and put in a jelly roll pan? I’d like to be able to use this for our daughters wedding reception and it would need to be doubled.
    Would appreciate your thoughts
    ,
    Kathy

    1. The bars are pretty thick in a 9×13 pan. If I was making a big batch of these bars in jelly roll pans, I would make a recipe and a half per pan. The caramel sauce in this recipe is very good, however, if I was making multiple batches of these bars for a wedding reception, I would simplify and substitute your favorite caramel topping for the homemade caramel sauce. The homemade sauce in this recipe thickens quite a bit and it adds an extra step when you have to reheat it before drizzling over the bars. The bars can be made a day or two ahead and kept in the refrigerator, but the caramel looks and tastes the best if added just before serving. Congratulations and good luck! Your guests will love these bars!

      1. Thank you so much! We are excited, she our last child to marry, we have 9, and the last three of them have married in 1 1/2 years!!! I think I could be a professional wedding planner, but I’m content to just celebrate and call it well done! Thanks again

      2. Echo Thank you on the comment that bars can be made day or two ahead. I made bars today ( Saturday Deb. 1st 2019) I am going the caramel topping in the morning. The church iI go to we have want we call Fellowship lunch the 1st Sunday of every month. But in Aug we have the the 3r Sunday to welcome and welcome back students at Purdue University in West Lafayette. My church is in Lafayette,In. If you go to to website for West Lafayette and Lafayette,IN ( www,homeofpurdue.com) you see that saying is Two Great cities One Great University.