These Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are HEAVENLY. They have a thick, sweet crust, a creamy cheesecake filling, a cinnamon apple topping and a drizzle of salted caramel over the top. What more could you ask for?
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!
- 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.
- 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.