Thursday, August 25, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Even though it is still eighty degrees most days, I am dreaming about Autumn and in anticipation of it's arrival I decided it was time to break out the apple recipes! Like these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. Yum!
I don't usually take photos of the cooking process because it is a pain and the lighting in my kitchen stinks but this time I have included pictures of each layer so you can get an idea of what it should look like when you are baking it for yourself.
Because you should definitely bake this for yourself.
You will regret it forever if you don't. :)

Press the crust into a foil-lined 9x13 inch pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Spread the cheesecake mixture over the warm crust.

Sprinkle the chopped apples evenly over the cheesecake.

Mix together the streusel topping.

Sprinkle evenly over the apples.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is set and the topping is lightly browned.

Cool for at least four hours before serving. Serve chilled and drizzled with caramel ice cream topping, if desired.
So there is the basic idea. Now for the actual recipe:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
(adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
who adapted it from Paula Deen)
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8oz) packages Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup Sugar 
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Apple Layer:
3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Ground Saigon Cinnamon (regular ground cinnamon can be substituted)
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

Caramel Ice Cream Topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

CRUST: In a medium bowl, combine flour, and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a knife and stir as you go so that the butter doesn't all stick together. Press evenly into a 9x13 inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

CHEESECAKE FILLING: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, stirring after each addition. Add vanilla and blend until combined. Pour over warm crust.

APPLE LAYER: In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

STREUSEL TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter. Stir until butter is evenly distributed. Sprinkle evenly over apple layer.
Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set and streusel topping is lightly browned. Let cool on counter for 1 hour. Move to refrigerator and cool for at least 3 more hours. Drizzle with caramel ice cream topping and serve chilled.

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Red Couch Recipes said...

I am so ready to make some apple dishes. Just love apples in the fall. This loks sooo yummy. Joni

Tasha said...

Oh yumminess!!! These look so stinkin good. I cannot wait to try them myself. Thank you for sharing this recipe with all of us! Happy weekend to you.

Laura said...

Ok now I'm super hungry! These look amazing!

Nicole {Home for Hire} said...

Oooh, this looks super yummy!

Kayla and Andrew said...

These look absolutely DELICIOUS!

Sky @ Capital B said...

Oh my this looks divine! Thanks for sharing all the great details! :) Your blog is adorable- my first visit and your newest follower :)

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

This looks so good. I am very ready for some fall recipes and some cooler temperatures! I linked to you from Friday Favorites. Thanks for such a great recipe. Can't wait to try it!

GretchenP said...

holy wow! always looking for something to do with all the apples my son likes to pick (but barely eats!!) can't wait to try this! thanks for sharing! :)

Hollie - said...

Those look absolutely amazing!

glamourpuss said...

Oh. My. Goodness.
These are getting made very, very soon!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Regena said...

I was just thinking about a way to make a caramel apple cheesecake and up pops your post!! I'll give it a try!!

Joyful Baker said...

Wow! These look delicious! It's going on my must make list!

Robin said...

Looks delicious! I'm definitely going to try this!

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

wow! This looks fantastic!! I will definitely be trying this out!!

Ashley said...

love!!! thanks for sharing at Tell me Tuesday! :) you rock!!!

SweetJeanette said...

oh my goodness gracious! You definitely have to say your prayers before eating this one! (pray that you won't make a pig of yourself) Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this and definitely going to try this!!! I believe this could help promote world peace!!!

Marjory said...

I'm always looking for new desserts. This one looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing it.

Abby said...

These look amazing! I can't wait for fall, so I can make recipes like this.

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

This looks amazing! A cross between apple crisp and cheesecake! Divine!! I'm so glad I came across your blog via Sweet Peas & Bumblebees linky party. :)

Jerri said...

This looks so scrumptious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week. Come by and grab my featured button if you'd like on.

La Petite Vie said...

Yum! This sounds and looks amazing!

Mindie Hilton said...

These look amazing. Love these flavors perfect for fall too. Would love for you to share at Bacon Time.
We have an any linky goes party that runs Friday through Monday.

DesignDNAblog said...

Hey there, we featured these yummy looking caramel apple cheesecake bars today. Feel free to grab a button for your page :) Hope to see you next week!

Corie @ Design DNA

Miss Chronically Creative said...

This looks absoluutely divine! Apple and cheesecake- two of my favourite things. I'm excited to try this one out. Thank you so much for sharing!

Elsa said...

Hello! I made your recipe and posted it on my blog.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I am seriously drooling right now! Cheesecake and apple pie in one...YUMMO! said...

Found you through CSI! These look wonderfully delicious! They would be a BIG hit at my house!

Diana said...

I've made these twice already. They are perfection. I use one bowl and do everything by hand, saving a lot of time and dishes. Tomorrow for a summer party, I'm substituting the apples for peaches and raspberries, and adding a touch more vanilla to the actual cheesecake. I hope it turns out as fantastic as the original.