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

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

A scrumptious apple dessert with a plethora of delicious components!

Ingredients

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

Streusel:

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Adapted from Paula Deen

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

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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