This Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake is one of the most decadent fall desserts you can ever prepare. A cookie crust followed by a creamy caramel cheesecake layer, topped with spiced apples and crispy crumble on top, all drizzled with more salted caramel sauce. It is absolutely heavenly, an amazing combination of flavors and textures, making it a great choice for the upcoming holidays.

This cheesecake may seem to have a lot of steps and ingredients, but the process is easy and quite quick to prepare. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by this baked cheesecake, the results will surely bring great satisfaction for you, your family and guests. I hope you will try this Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake and enjoy it as we sure did.

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Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake

4.25 from 4 votes
This Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake is one of the most decadent fall desserts you can ever prepare. A cookie crust followed by a creamy caramel cheesecake layer, topped with spiced apples and crispy crumble on top, all drizzled with more salted caramel sauce. It is absolutely heavenly, an amazing symphony of flavors and textures.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins


Salted Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120g) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt


  • 7 oz (200g) digestive biscuits or graham crackers
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter , melted

Caramel Cream Cheese Filling

  • 25 oz (700g) cream cheese , room temperature
  • 3 tbsp (45g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tbsp (15g) flour
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream
  • 1/3 cup (80g) caramel sauce
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature

Apple Filling

  • 3 medium apples (about 250g) - peeled , cored
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) nutmeg

Crisp Topping

  • 1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (63g) flour
  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter , melted
  • 1/3 cup (70g) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp (3g) cinnamon


  • First prepare the salted caramel sauce so it has time to cool down. Place the sugar and water in a medium heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook without stirring until sugar dissolves and gets a caramel color.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.
  • Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, butter and salt. Stir well until smooth. Transfer into a bowl and set aside to cool until the cake is ready.
  • Prepare the crust. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C) and line with parchment paper a 8 inch (20cm) springform pan (with a removable base).  Place the crackers or digestive biscuits into the bowl of a food processor and crush until crumbs form. Add sugar and melted butter and mix until evenly moistened.
  • Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan using the back of a spoon. 
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300F (150C).
  • Prepare the crisp topping. In a medium bowl, combine oats with brown sugar, all-purpose flour and cinnamon. Whisk to combine, then incorporate melted butter until the mixture feels crumbly. Set the mixture aside until all the other ingredients are prepared.
  • Prepare the apples. Place the diced apples into a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to coat. Set aside until cream cheese filling is ready.
  • Prepare caramel cream cheese filling. In a large bowl mix the cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon and mix until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time until each egg is incorporated. Add vanilla extract, lemon zest, caramel sauce and sour cream. Mix until well combined. Try to not overmix the batter to incorporate as little air as possible.
  • Pour the caramel cream cheese mixture over the prepared crust.
  • Gently spread the diced apples on top. Sprinkle the oat topping over the apples.
  • Bake at 300F (150C) for 1 hour. Turn off the heat and leave it another hour in the oven.
  • Remove and run a sharp knife around the inside edge of the pan. Let it cool completely at room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Top with remaining caramel sauce if desired and enjoy!



Serving: 1gCalories: 620kcalCarbohydrates: 58.4gProtein: 8.7gFat: 40.8gSaturated Fat: 23.4gCholesterol: 152mgSugar: 40.5g
Calories: 620kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp cheesecake, caramel apple cake, caramel cake, caramel cheesecake, fall dessert, Thanksgiving dessert

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  1. Christelle Author says:

    I made this yesterday and serced it today. I followed the recipe to the T. Too salty for me and my sister, but my daugther absolutely loves it. I was actually worried it would be too sweet, but was taken aback by its saltiness. I may make again, and maybe not salt the caramel or reduce it.

    1. 5 stars
      It’s too salty because the cheesecake batter salt measurement should be 1/2 tsp, not 1/2 tbsp. This is a mistake in the website recipe. The YouTube version says 1/2 tsp. I tasted the batter, checked on YouTube, and had to make the batter all over again 😅

      But when I changed that measurement and the cake turned out awesome 🔥

      1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

        Thank you for noticing me about the typo on the website.. Just fixed it. Glad you tried this cheesecake, it is one of my favorite fall desserts.

  2. Rachel Author says:

    Absolutely delicious; I had it earlier tonight for a late Thanksgiving. Next time I might bake it the tiniest bit longer to set the middle more, or pre-cook the apples a bit (though my friends liked the little crunch), but even so it was delicious and so, so worth the effort.

  3. Roger Author says:

    Very good recipe and yes it takes a little longer to make but it’s worth every bite. I used granny smith and honey crisp apples, which turned out great. The caramel sauce made a nice presentation.

  4. Anja Author says:

    I’ve just baked your “Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake”! Alone the sound of its name is heavenly! As a German I am always intrigued by recipe’s from around the world and I have to admit: even though it took a while to prepare this cake, I will bake it again! Two thumbs up!! With a big hello from Germany, Anja

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Anja, so glad to hear you tried this cake and enjoyed it. It is by far one of my favorite cheesecakes as well. 

  5. Lisa Author says:

    Can you include the fact that you need to leave in the pan to refrigerate.

  6. Hi, can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream?

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      yes. you can use Greek yogurt, should be fine.

  7. Hi, what kind of apples can I use? And just to be clear, you did not use the water bath method in the recipe, right? Do I bake it in the middle rack of the oven? Thank you!

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes I did not use water bath for this recipe.. you can use either the middle rack or the next lower rack. As for the apples use the ones you like best: Granny Smith, honeycrisp, Fuji, Gala.. all work great in this recipe.

  8. Hi! I’m trying to make a gluten-free version of this recipe.
    For the crisp topping, I was thinking of using almond flour. But how about the caramel cream cheese filling? Should I skip the flour altogether or can I replace it with something else?

    1. Ella Marincus-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      you can substitute the flour with cornflour (cornstarch)

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