Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars {Tutorial}

20 Nov

Are you ready for this?!

I’m pleased to present my very first tutorial! If I had my way, every recipe and craft I share with you would be a tutorial. But, truth be told, if I did it that way my posts would never get completed! You see, I’m a stay at home mom to a very busy, high energy, rambunctious, destructive, attention demanding two year old. It’s a miracle I manage to cook and bake as often as I do! My daughter either “helps” me make the food, or she single handedly destroys every single room in the house. {ex: taking every single dvd off of the shelf, or taking each and every book off the bookshelf; or unraveling the entire roll of toilet paper, etc.}

You get the picture! These bars have recieved rave reviews from everyone who has tried them (they disappeared FAST!)

These would be great for Thanksgiving! Make these a day or two ahead of time since they, as with all cheesecakes, really need to be refrigerated over night to allow the flavors to fully develop. Then you will have one less thing to fit in your oven on Thanksgiving day, bonus!!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars



2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:

3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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 (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup caramel topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy!

In a small bowl, combine all streusel ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

Recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything, originally from Paula Deen


4 Responses to “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars {Tutorial}”

  1. Anna @ hiddenponies November 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Haha, sounds familiar, baking with kids! Tutorials are not even getting attempted at my place, I’m beyond impressed 🙂

  2. alleyo {AtHomeWithAlley} November 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Haha! Thanks Anna! I love that you get it! 😀


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