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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

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These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars pull together my favorite dessert components in a most scrumptious way! Caramel, apples, cheesecake AND streusel will delight your palate with every bite! This was a fabulous Cheesecake Dessert!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

I was delighted to be invited to participate in the first Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain.  And I was also excited to learn our October theme would be apples and caramel. I had already baked Pastry Wrapped Caramel Apples and my brain was buzzing with ideas of what to make next.  I finally decided on Paula Deen’s Cheesecake Bars.  I’d satisfy my apple, cheesecake, caramel and streusel cravings in one yummy bar dessert.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars


A Couple Tweaks to Paula’s Cheesecake Bars Recipe

I modified Paula’s recipe by making only a half pan of these caramel apple cheesecake bars (this is so I can REMAIN a skinny chick!), leaving out the oatmeal in the topping (picky hubby again), and microwaving my own caramel sauce instead of using a jarred version.  The super-easy microwave caramel sauce recipe takes less time and effort to make than driving to the grocery store.  My first batch scorched at the minimum cooking time of 5 minutes, so be sure to monitor carefully between minute 4 and 5.  Here is a link to my Microwave Caramel Recipe.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars - a delightfully delicious combination of caramel, apples, cheesecake and streusel!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

A scrumptious apple dessert with a plethora of delicious components!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Yield 16 bars



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick butter), at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus 1 heaping tablespoon, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 small to medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup Quick Oats (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick), butter, at room temperature

To finish:

  • 1/2 cup caramel topping (jarred or see link below for microwave caramel sauce)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8-inch pan with non-stick foil or foil sprayed with Pam.
  2. Combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives till mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake 12 minutes or till lightly browned.
  3. With a mixer, beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar till smooth. Add egg and vanilla and blend. Pour over crust and smooth top.
  4. Combine apples with the remaining sugar and cinnamon. Toss to coat and sprinkle over cream cheese mixture.
  5. Prepare streusel by combining all ingredients. Crumble evenly over apples. Bake for 30 minutes or till filling is set. Drizzle with caramel sauce.


Adapted from Paula Deen

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g


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71 comments on “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars”

  1. These look great. I love the combination of apples and caramel – they go so well together and putting them with cheesecake sounds incredible!!

  2. I was planning on baking with apples this weekend. I’ll have to make this recipe!

  3. Mmmm, I love cheesecake. I am participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge too. I am loving checking up everyone’s goodies.

  4. Isto deve ser tão bom, vou guardar a receita…bjs

  5. Isto deve ser tão bom, vou guardar a receita…bjs

  6. DROOLING all over the screen!

  7. Yummy! I am a fellow Improv Challenge participant and your newest follower.

  8. These look amazing! Glad to be doing the challenge with you – looking forward to next month already!-

  9. Oh, I love cheesecake and those look wonderful!

  10. Can you send me a huge piece? It would make my day! It’s chaotic here in Rome, today it rained cats and dogs and I got saoking wet!

  11. What great bars! So many yummy things in one delicious little bar!

  12. Want to bring me a slice?! Yum-o. I’m ready to give this one a try. Enjoy the challenge recipes today… I know I am 🙂

  13. These look scrumtious! Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m #53.

  14. This has it all doesn’t it? You’ve taken my favorite ingredients and artfully combined them.

  15. Oh wow Liz! These sound so decadent. I love cheesecake but with apples and caramel…it sounds incredible. You can never go wrong with Paula Deen recipes!

  16. Great recipe!! Sweet, with caramel and apple, shortbread, streusel…. it has to be yummy!

  17. Look delicious dear Lizzy! caramel and apples is delicious!! gloria

  18. These look delicious. And microwaving caramel? That I’ll have to check out!

  19. This all looks so good.

    Except the caramel, I’m actually not that fond of the stuff. :

  20. this is such a tempting and simple dessert, anything with apples will for sure make me drool Lizzy, what more with the sauce on top.

  21. What a wonderful seasonal treat!

  22. Absolutely everything that’s perfect about fall! Looks gorgeous and rich. Yum.

  23. These cheesecake bars look delicious! I love cheesecake and caramel sauce combo!

  24. I love cheesecake and these little squares do look amazing. The apples and caramel are a great pair. Well done Lizzy!

  25. I LOVE your recipe! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE!! I can’t wait to see what you do next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese. —Sheryl—

  26. Such beautiful pictures! I love cheesecake and your apple caramel cheesecake bar version looks even better! Your picture looks so inviting…I think that cheesecake bar is waiting for me 🙂

  27. I’m not usually a cheesecake fan, but you may have convinced me otherwise.

  28. This is one glutton that can’t refuse cheesecake and then you tell me I can have it in bars with caramel and apple? My waistline doesn’t like you. 😉

  29. Lizzy! YUMMMMMMM! I am so making this for my mother’s birthday in a few weeks. What a great combo of cheesecake, caramel and streusel. LOVE IT!

  30. That improv cooking challenge sounds pretty amazing! I love improv in the kitchen.

    The thought of caramel and apple in a bar makes my mouth water, but add the word “cheesecake” and I am smitten!

  31. Heavenly!!! My goodness, who doesn’t love caramels and apples?!
    Your pix of these delightful cheesecake bars are so appetizing!
    Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe… I’d love some with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee! xo

  32. Your cheesecake bars look amazing and I need to give them a try.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  33. Ooh – these look so decadent! Yum.

  34. This is awesome, first time I am seeing apple included in cheesecake and formed into bars!

  35. Really like your new site! Haven’t been doing a lot of commenting recently because of cataract surgery.

    You knit too? Where do you find the time? There must be two of you!

    Love this recipe. Another perfect & unique fall recipe…thanks!

  36. Oh, these cheesecake bars are HEAVENLY!! And now you totally have me drooling all over all the other delicious caramel recipes you shared!!

  37. I love this new idea for a bloghop! And that picture with the drizzle down the side of the pitcher? YUM!

  38. These look insanely decadent–love that second photo with the bars oozing caramel.

  39. Mmmmmmmmmmmm yummmmmm… I think I have already said this, but I so wish you were my neighbor! These bars look so sinful and I LOVE the idea of making the caramel sauce in the microwave. A must try!!!
    BTW, I love the new layout of the site! Really cute! <3

  40. Delicious! My second improv challenge that I’ve seen – they’re amazing! (and this one is delicious!)

  41. Droooolingggggg….
    I need to move closer to you…
    Want all these deliciousness…

  42. What elegant dishware! The plates completely enhance the already aesthetically alluring treat you’ve made! Beautiful!

  43. Mm, I don’t think these could look any more delicious!

  44. Liz, myself amd Miss caramel share a very good relationship. I would marry her if I could and live in a caramel house with a caramel car and eat caramel every day. You get the idea caramel is my fav dessert?
    I love the new blog look, I so want to change up my place but looking for the right move..
    Take care1

  45. Caramel, apples and cheesecake! pure indulgence!

  46. I’m actually shocked to see so many apple & caramel recipes are out there. Your cheesecake bars with caramel apple in it sound so yummy! Your photo of caramel drizzling over the bar is amazing! Have a wonderful weekend!

  47. I think I am a bit too early today looking for a new recipe from you, ok will come back later.

  48. Oooh , the minute I see cheesecake I am hooked , it looks so delish . I had made a caramel apple cake a week back but haven’t posted yet , can’t believe ther are so many recipes and everything looks great , have a great weekend Lizzy :).

  49. Another keeper Liz you are on a roll!

  50. Wow you have caramel coming out of everywhere lol. I’ll have to try this microwave one. And apple cheese cake bars sounds amazing.

  51. I’m dreaming in apples and caramel right now – I’ll take a whole tray!

  52. Congratulations Liz On Top 9!

  53. These look awesome! I especially love the streusel topping!! So happy to see them in the top 9 today 🙂

  54. Look pretty tasty to me.

  55. I’m a fellow Improv Cooking Challenge participant stopping by to say hi … and I made the exact same thing for this challenge! I agree these bars are absolutely YUMMY! I also modified Paula’s recipe by only making half a pan, and I reduced the butter … they were still great! Your bars look delicious!

  56. Love it…..thank you so much for sharing…great job!

  57. The caramel really sends this over the edge. I’m in awe of your baking abilities!

  58. I swear, I’ve bookmarked almost every single apple recipe you’ve posted Lizzy! These will be no exception, love the combo of flavors 🙂 Thanks for the shout-out – I have a big batch of that caramel in my fridge that I’ve been using to dunk my apples into!

  59. Holy crap! Seriously… your desserts always make me so hungry!

  60. YUMMY! I’m a sucker for caramel and apples, so this is great looking recipe to me!

  61. Lizzy, what a gorgeous way to combine these fabulous Autumn flavours!

  62. Amazing!! I can’t wait to try them! I definitely need to start making all of my desserts in smaller batches!

  63. Look great. The combination of apples and caramel is great. Adding these all ingredients together and putting them with cheesecake sounds incredible.

  64. Wow that cheesecake looks amazing, Lizzy! Great caramel and apple recipe pick. I was tempted to make this recipe but I ran short on time and it seemed like alot of work lol. I bet it tasted so good!!

  65. All of the apple dishes look incredible! Your pictures are alway so beautiful and make me so hungry! Can’t pin from my android tablet sadly but will when I get home!

  66. What a seductive looking bar!

  67. Wow, wow, wow! These are to die for.


  68. these were amazing werent they?? i had my husband’s team over for dinner and the entire dish was completely gone!

  69. Liz, thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.

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