Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

This is a truly wonderful fall-type dessert. Have this with coffee or better yet, some hard cider. While we don’t have anything you could really call fall here in Las Cruces, I can almost hear the crunch of the leaves underfoot and the smell of the wood smoke as the stove is cranked up for the first time when I take a bite.

Simple to make, they are easy to transport too, so they make a nice treat to take when visiting.

There are several recipes for this and they are all pretty much the same. I got this one from  Cookies and Cups.

 

INGREDIENTS:

The Crust

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c butter, softened

The Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 8oz pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced or sliced
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

The Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c or more, caramel sauce (bottled Smuckers)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Line a 9 x 9 inch pan with foil.
  3. Mix the crust ingredients with a fork or cutter until blended and then press into the baking pan.
  4. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, vanilla, egg, and the sugar. Beat until smooth.
  6. Prepare the apples, and sprinkle with a tbsp of sugar and the pumpkin spice.
  7. Make the streusel topping by combining all the ingredients and cutting with fork or cutter until crumbly.
  8. When crust is done, cool it, placing in fridge for a few minutes.
  9. Then spread the cream cheese mixture on top followed by the apples.
  10. Then spread the streusel topping.
  11. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is just lightly browned.
  12. Remove and cool. Drizzle with as much or little caramel sauce as you desire. Place in fridge to chill for 2 hours.

Serves: 12

I see no reason why you couldn’t substitute other fruit. Especially pears. But I can see blueberries or raspberries as well. Perhaps you might want to alter the sauce to butterscotch or chocolate for some fruits. It’s versatile!

 

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2 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  1. I love this recipe! My favorite -cheesecake! In a portable dessert! This is really great for large crowds when you don’t want a huge cheesecake sitting out and it’s so full of Fall flavor!

    • Exactly. I kind of went on an apple binge this fall. This is easy to make and travels so nicely. And of course you can double it easily. Glad you like it.! !END

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