Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

by Amy on 26 October 2014

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

I was thrilled to be assigned Confessions of a Cooking Diva, a fabulous blog full of comfort food recipes + amazing-looking desserts – my favorites! I decided to go with something autumn-ish, and make her Apple-Pecan Cheesecake, but with a few changes. I skipped the nuts, since Fearless Baby doesn’t love ’em, + added a rich caramel drizzle instead, because apples + caramel = SO good. I made it in a 9×9 dish (instead of springform pan), opting to make cheesecake bars/squares instead of traditional slices. So, how did they turn out? AMAZING! There’s a buttery graham cracker layer, a divine cinnamon cheesecake layer, + a topping of tender cinnamon-sugar apples + sweet caramel. This is seriously one of the most delicious fall desserts I’ve had – y’all must give it a try soon!

Thank you to Julie for introducing me to this incredibly tasty cheesecake + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake BarsAnd if you love cheesecake bars as much as I do, check out these Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars, Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars, or Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars – all are SO fantastic.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

serves 9-12, adapted from Confessions Of A Cooking Diva and Kraft

Ingredients

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
2 small apples (I used gala apples), peeled, cored, + diced into 1/2″ cubes
2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
15 caramels
1 tablespoons water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 9×9 baking dish with tin foil with a slight overhang on two sides (which makes for easier removal of the cheesecake).

Combine the graham cracker crumbs + melted butter in a small bowl, then press evenly onto the bottom of the 9×9 baking pan/dish.

Mix 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a bowl; toss with the diced apples + set aside.

Beat cream cheese with remaining 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over the crust. Top cheesecake evenly with the cinnamon-sugar diced apples.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until the center is just barely set. Cool for 15 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator + chill for at least 4 hours.

Microwave caramels and water in microwaveable bowl on high 45 sec. or until sauce is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over cheesecake. Use foil to lift cheesecake out of the pan and onto a cutting board, cut into either 9, 12, or even 16 bars (depending on how hungry you’re feeling), + serve!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 April October 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

Wow… I am in love. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts, and this apple version is perfect for Fall. It looks great!

2 JJ - 84thand3rd October 27, 2014 at 7:28 am

Oh my goodness these sound simply heavenly! Brilliant pic for SRC!

3 danielle October 27, 2014 at 8:52 am

This sounds fantastic – great choice!

4 SallyBR October 27, 2014 at 9:16 am

WOW! This is so amazing, I love all the combinations of flavors, perfect for Fall, a nice take on cheesecake, which can be a bit boring, I think…

awesome job!

5 Rebekah @ Making Miracles October 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

What an awesome combination of textures and flavors – such a perfect fall treat!

6 Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious October 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

I like how versatile this could be, on a dessert buffet perhaps?

7 amy October 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

You had me at “dessert buffet,” Dorothy!

8 Nicole October 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

these sound AND look amazing! great photos.

9 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel October 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

These are so pretty!! And perfect for fall… yum yum!

10 David Crichton October 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

If someone had made this for me as a birthday cake for me today, I’d be so happy. My ultimate cheesecake. Unfortunately, I’m cooking again today and I’ve forgotten to make myself a cake.

11 amy October 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

If only I had known, I would’ve made a second one for you, and had you pop by on a plane to pick it up. =)

12 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories October 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Those are gorgeous, and so are the photos! They sound delicious.

13 angela October 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

I love this recipe. Creamy and still has the Fall spiciness. And, I use gala apples for everything. But in the squares is also such a great (not messy) way to serve cheesecake.

14 Choc Chip Uru October 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

What a lovely recipe, these bars look quite addictive! I bet they would go down awesome at any halloween party 😀

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

15 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm October 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

What a wonderful addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table these would be!!!

16 Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory October 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm

These look incredible! Caramel + apple is always a good combo. Add in the cheesecake factor and it’s insane! Insane in the “Diet? What diet?” kinda way. :) YUM!

17 Lynsey @ Lynsey Lou's October 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I’m a sucker for caramel apples and I love using those flavors in various baked goods. The combination of caramel apples and cheesecake…well, that’s just out of this world!

18 sarah k @ the pajama chef October 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

oh this looks so good! love that the ingredient list is so simple for cheesecake. yum!

19 Anna (Hidden Ponies) October 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

The thicker the crust the better! These look absolutely perfect for fall.

20 Emily @ Life on Food October 27, 2014 at 7:27 pm

These bars are gorgeous and absolutely delicious. My husband would love the apple and cheesecake combination. Happy Reveal Day!!

21 Christie October 27, 2014 at 8:02 pm

These bars look divine. I haven’t made an apple cheesecake. I may have to start with these bars. Nice pick!

22 Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook October 27, 2014 at 8:45 pm

THESE LOOK AMAZING! I am all about caramel apple anything right now. Perfect pick this month. Happy Revel Day!

23 Couscous & Consciousness October 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

Caramel apples on top of cheesecake bars … sounds like a winning formula to me. They look so beautiful too. Great choice.

24 Meriem @ Culinary Couture October 28, 2014 at 1:07 am

I love that the apples are placed on top rather than baked inside the cheesecake, sounds delish!

25 Amy (Savory Moments) October 28, 2014 at 5:17 am

These look so yummy – perfect choice for fall!

26 Kelly October 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

These bars look amazing, Amy! I love caramel apple anything and am a sucker for cheesecake. I love that you topped the apples on top too – so delicious! <3 them!

27 Annie @Maebells October 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

Oh wow! These look so perfectly creamy and delicious!

28 Dedy@Dentist Chef October 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

Damn delicious!!!
just perfect to brunch snacking…..

29 Ann October 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

Wow! Those bars look so yummy.
Too bad I have a toothache right now… seriously :(

30 Lesley Eats October 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I need these.

31 Stephanie October 30, 2014 at 7:58 pm

These bars look so good and so easy. Might have to make this around Thanksgiving time.

32 Karen (Back Road Journal) November 2, 2014 at 7:35 am

The apple cheesecake bars would be a great dessert item on a Thanksgiving buffet that I’m invited to this month.

33 Beth November 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

Apples are wonderful with caramel – what an inspired fall dessert!

34 Adri November 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

These sound wonderful. I always enjoy your Secret Recipe Club. There are certainly a lot of talented people out there!

35 Lucy November 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Made this in a 10″ cheesecake form and it was delicious! Great Thanksgivings dessert!

36 amy November 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Hooray! I am so thrilled you liked it, and yes, it’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert. =) Cheers!

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