Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Just in time for fall!

cheesecake bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars 

What you’ll need:
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 Tbsp divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Apples:

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  6. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  7. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  8. Pour over warm crust.
  9. In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 Tbsp sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  10. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
  11. In a small bowl, combine all Streusel topping ingredients. Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.
  12. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool.
  13. Serve cold.

Enjoy!

 

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