Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Apple cheesecake bars are very popular for quite a few years now and they definitely worth it. As fall is here and apples are in season I just had to try this recipe by myself.

 

Just imagine, buttery crust topped with creamy cheese and tender apples and streusel topping made with rolled oats and almonds. And that is not all...everything is drizzled with caramel sauce... this is by far one of the best fall desserts. I really love the use of apples in a cheesecake and the caramel sauce is like the cherry on the top.


I made few changes to the original recipe, added ground almonds in both the crust and streusel topping, reduced the sugar where possible, added some lemon zest for a bit of citrus flavor... and you have to believe me for this... these caramel apple cheesecake bars are absolutely AMAZING, literally melts in your mouth. All the cake was gone faster than I expected, even my little picky daughters devoured it. 

 

Hope you will give it a try this fall, it is not complicated at all, you don't need more than 20 minutes to prepare it. Don't be scared for the long list of ingredients and steps, it goes really quick, just follow the steps and you will definitely be DELIGHTED as we were. If you want a smaller cake just reduce everything to half and use a 8X8 inches baking dish... though I would recommend making the large one as everybody will want a second bar:)


Related Posts:
Apple Crumble
Apple Upside Down Cake
Apple Dumplings

 

Recipe adapted after Food Network

 

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Ingredients
  • Makes about 15 servings
  • Crust
  • 1 cup (2 sticks-220g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) cinnamon
  • Cream Cheese Mixture
  • 16 oz (500g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp (5g) lemon zest
  • Apples
  • 3 cups apples (about 3-4 apples) - peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) nutmeg
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1/2 cup (50g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (63g) flour
  • 1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick-110g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) ground cinnamon
  • Caramel Sauce
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120g) heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp (30g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5g) salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease with butter a 9 X 13 inches baking dish.Line with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the crust. In a large bowl combine flour, ground almonds, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add the butter and using a pastry blender or simply a fork cut in the butter until crumbles are formed.
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  3. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Set aside and let cool slightly.
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  4. While the crust is baking prepare the apples. Peel and core the apples, and cut into small pieces. In a medium bowl combine apples with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
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  5. Prepare the cheese mixture by mixing the cream cheese with sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.
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  6. Add the cheese mixture over the warm crust and spread evenly. Add the chopped apples on top of the cream cheese layer.
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  7. Prepare the streusel topping: In a large bowl combine rolled oats, flour, ground almonds, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the butter and using a fork cut the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apples.
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  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until set.
  9. While the cake is baking prepare the caramel sauce.  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.
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  10. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cream. It will bubble a little bit.Apple Cheesecake Bars step29Apple Cheesecake Bars step30
  11. Cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until smooth.
  12. Remove from heat and add butter and salt. Stir well until smooth. Pour into a small jar and set aside to cool until the cake is ready.
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  13. When the cake is ready, allow to cool at room temperature, cut into bars and serve drizzled with the caramel sauce.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:532, Fat:35.5g, Saturated Fat:20.5g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0g, Carbohydrates:50.4g, Sugar:32.9g, Fiber:2.2g, Protein:6.0g, Cholesterol:92mg, Calories from Fat 319, Sodium 430mg, Potassium 158mg, Vitamin A 22%, Vitamin C 3%, Calcium 6%, Iron 9%, Nutrition Grade D-, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On September 24, 2014 at 06:51 am, Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen said...
Yum! I have made similar bars before and they are so decadent - and pretty too!
On September 24, 2014 at 08:33 am, Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...
Oh, I'm imagining it and I can't wait to make these! You go with the step-by-step instructions! Now all I want for breakfast are caramel apple cheesecake bars!! Pinned!
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Lindsey I am glad you like my photos.. and thank you for pinning it:)

On September 24, 2014 at 05:39 pm, Thalia @ butter and brioche said...
These cheesecake bars look so incredibly delicious. Loving the caramel and apple flavour.. so perfect for the fall! Pinned!
On September 24, 2014 at 05:56 pm, ami@naivecookcooks said...
These look so so good!!
On September 24, 2014 at 08:50 pm, Maureen said...
Wow! I've made apple bars before but these look over the top good.
On September 25, 2014 at 01:43 am, Jess @ Sweet Menu said...
Seriously amazing bars! Wow! Gorgeous crumb and just look at that caramel!
On September 25, 2014 at 06:27 am, Rosa said...
Terrific! Those bars look amazing. Cheers, Rosa
On September 25, 2014 at 09:11 pm, Liz said...
Oh, these look heavenly! Combining two of my favorite dessert ingredients: apples and caramel...swooning!!!
On September 27, 2014 at 01:41 am, Dedy@Dentist Chef said...
Damn delicious and comforting desseet!!! i love the cheese cake bars with apple and the caramel...
On October 01, 2014 at 09:46 am, Cindy said...
These look amazing, but on your list of ingredients it does not say how many eggs. I'm guessing 2. Thanks
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Thank you Cindy for letting me know that the eggs are missing form my list. Yes, you guessed well,  I used 2 eggs. If you try the recipe let me know how it turns to you.

On October 01, 2014 at 07:19 pm, Cindy said...
I made these for a family dinner and everyone raved about them. Thanks again for this delicious recipe.
On October 03, 2014 at 12:12 am, Nami | Just One Cookbook said...
Oh oh... I might be the only one who hasn't tried this famous apple cheesecake bars!!! Sounds delicious. I love all components in these bars too. Not to mention, the caramel... hmmm!!
On January 30, 2015 at 07:32 pm, Kathleen | HapaNom said...
Super cute video! This looks so delicious, I always go weak in the knees for cheesecake, but caramel apple too!? I'm in dessert heaven! I think I could eat an entire tray of these!
On May 10, 2015 at 02:22 pm, Thomai said...
It has disappeared in one day! It was a very good mix of cheese,apple and caramel! Congratulations for your recipes, i have already proposed your recipes to my friends!
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So glad you like this recipe. We really love this combination as well.. especially my husband who love apple desserts. Thank you for recommending my blog to your friends:)

On May 11, 2015 at 08:00 pm, David said...
Hi Ella, We were having friends over for dinner last week and I wanted to make something other than a chocolate dessert. I was browsing the net and came across your site, this is one of the first recipes i saw. So I decided to make it and I must say it was absolutely delicious served with a nice dollop of thickened cream. It was a winner with our guests.
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Yeah.. I can imagine:) We really love this dessert, you can hardly stop to one bar:)

On December 01, 2015 at 09:16 pm, Caro said...
Hello! I really liked you recipe and I tried but when I was baking the crust, it kinda melted and did not cooked. I don´t know why. I did all the step but for some reason the crust did not cook. What should I do? Or what I am doing wrong?
On July 12, 2016 at 08:45 am, Divya Ella said...
Hello!! I have to say these bars look soooo good that i have to make them tomorrow. I just want to know how do i store them and for upto how many days!

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