These Apple Cheesecake Bars have a three layered mixture that features a crumb crust, a creamy cheesecake layer that is topped with cinnamon apples and a luscious streusel topping. The flavor is amazing and, like most bar recipes, these are super easy to make. If you like cheesecake recipes with a twist, you will want to try these bars.
These yummy bars have a taste that is very similar to apple pie but without the need for making a pie crust. Both the crust and the topping are made with flour, brown sugar and butter and could not be easier to make. (don’t forget to measure the flour correctly for best results!)
I used Macintosh apples, but any crisp apple will do. Granny Smith apples are also a good choice. Eggs, flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and cream cheese will make the layers of these amazing Apple Cheesecake Bars.
Let’s make the crumb base for these delicious Apple Cheesecake Bars.
Start by making your crumb crust. A food processor makes light of this task. All you have to do is add the cubed butter, flour and brown sugar and pulse it until it forms a crumb like texture. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a fork or a pastry cutter to do it but it takes a lot longer to do.
Once your crumb base mixture is the right consistency, just press it into a baking pan that is lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes until it is light golden brown.
While the crust is cooling, mix the cheesecake layer. It is a mix of cream cheese, sugar, eggs and pure vanilla extract.
Spread the cheesecake layer on top of the cooked crumb crust base and smooth it out well.
The topping is made in the food processor in the same way as the base, except that you’ll need flour brown sugar butter and old fashioned oats.
Two more layers – 1 for the apple cinnamon-sugar layer and another one for the streusel topping. Then into the oven the bars go for another 30 minutes.
These apple cheesecake bars come out of the oven with a delicious and crunchy crumble topping. You could cut it right now and serve it warm but it would have the consistency of an apple crumble. What we are going for is a dessert that will take on a bar shape, so into the fridge they go until the cheesecake layer has set well.
Time to taste test these Apple Cheesecake Bars. Pretty good, even if I do say so myself!
Now I COULD just eat them like they are. They are good just as a bar. But to make them a bit more special, try drizzling over some caramel sauce (store bought is fine) and add a dollop of whip cream. Now THIS is a dessert to get excited about!
There is something just darn good about a crunchy, creamy, buttery dessert with cinnamon apples and a caramel topping just oozing over the top of it, isn’t there? In a word? Just plain DELICIOUS!
Looking for other caramel apple desserts? Try this apple cake with a caramel glaze.
And for more great tasting bar recipes, try one of these:
|Chocolate Cheesecake Bars||No Bake Chocolate Toffee Bars||Blondie Snickerdoodle Bars|
- For the crust:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 cup unsalted butter,cut in small chunks
- For the Filling
- 2 -8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- For the apple layer:
- 3 Macintosh apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- Streusel Topping:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup Old Fashioned oats
- ½ cup butter, cut in chunks
- To serve:
- caramel topping
- whipped cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 º F. Place parchment paper in a 9 x 13" pan.
- Combine the flour, brown sugar and butter in a food processor until crumbly. Press the mixture
- evenly into a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream cheese and ½ cup of granulated sugar until well blended. Best in the eggs and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the crust
- In a medium sized bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tbsp sugar and cinnamon. Pour the apple mixture over the cream cheese layer evenly
- Combine the streusel toppings (in a food processor with butter chunks to make into a crumble. Using your hands, sprinkle this mixture over the apple layer.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and then cut into squares.
- To serve drizzle over the caramel topping and add a dollop of whip cream. Enjoy!
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