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.
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!
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 Salted 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.
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!
How to Make Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- 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 9x13 pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Mix cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
- Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Pour over crust.
- 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.
More Apple Recipes
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- Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider – This Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice Cider Copycat is my Fall drink of choice! This delicious warm apple cider drink is THE actual recipe used at Starbucks.
- Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip – These Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip are the perfect warm dessert for a crisp Autumn evening. It made our house smell like apple pie.
- Apple Dumplings – These Apple Dumplings are like individual apple pies and they are very easy to make. Best when hot out of the oven with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream!
- Traditional Apple Crisp – This is a no-frills, easy, traditional apple crisp recipe that can’t be beat. Just like the apple crisp the lunch lady used to make back in the good ol’ days (but better)!