Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars  

I’ve been making this Paula Deen recipe for a couple of years now and they’ve always been good but they always needed a little more cheesecake filling in my opinion to match the thick crust and ample streusel topping.

So I increased the cheesecake filling and these are even better than I remember.
It may seem like a lot of steps but they actually come together quickly and are well worth your time.
These are always what I take when I’m feeding a crowd.

These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars have a flaky shortbread crust, a simple cheesecake filling, and has cinnamon apples and a brown sugar streusel on top. Drizzle caramel sauce on top when serving. I like Mrs. Richardson’s caramel or any other brand that’s on the thicker side.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

THE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
 
Crust:
  •  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
Apples:
  •  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
Drizzle:
  •  1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked

INSTRUCTION:
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. 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.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  5. For the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.
  6. Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy! Make 16 servings.

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