Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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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.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars on a Plate

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

What is it about the cooler fall temperatures that makes baking so appealing? Maybe it’s the apple harvest or the changing leaves outside or maybe it’s planning for the upcoming holidays. It might be that the kids are in school all day and it’s fun to gather everyone together for a delicious meal in the evening and talk about the events of the day. Of course, a delicious home-cooked meal is even better when there is a homemade dessert at the end of it.

These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are full of fall flavor. Apples and caramel always taste great together. Served up on a cookie crust with a cheesecake layer makes them both taste even better. You can use any baking apple for this recipe. I listed Granny Smith apples in the recipe because of their firm texture and tart flavor.

Caramel Creation

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!). I made a double batch so I ended up with a bunch of leftover caramel and it is just BEGGING to be put on some vanilla ice cream!

The caramel can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container, just heat it up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds before you use it because it does stiffen in the fridge. Also, don’t slice the apples until right before you put them on because if they sit out too long while you are making the other layers, they will get brown. Store the bars covered and in the fridge. Enjoy!

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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How to Make Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bars

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

Crust

  • 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.

Cheesecake Filling

  • Mix cream cheese and ½ cup sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Pour over crust.

Apple Topping

  • 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.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drizzle over bars immediately before serving.

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.