What’s better than Caramel Apples? Caramel Apple Pie. What’s better than Caramel Apple Pie? CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE BARS, of course! Caramel + Apples + Cheesecake = a whole lotta love on a plate!
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I love making some of my favorite desserts into bar form because it’s just easier; especially when making cheesecake. Plus, these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars are a lot easier to cut and serve! These Cheesecake Bars are the perfect Fall dessert for parties, potlucks, bake sales and even Thanksgiving!
Cook’s Note – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars:
- If you can’t find the Kraft Baking Bits, you can use the wrapped variety. Just be sure to cut them into smaller pieces.
- Cinnamon can be substituted for Apple Pie Seasoning in this recipe.
Cook’s Tools – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars:
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
- 2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese softened
- 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 medium Granny Smith apples
- 3/4 teaspoon apple pie seasoning
- 1 cup Kraft caramel bits
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup caramel topping
- Crust: Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into your prepared pan. Prick the dough with a fork about 30 times. Bake 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Pour over warm crust and smooth into an even layer with a spatula.
- In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, apple pie seasoning, and caramel bits. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.
- Topping: In a medium bowl stir together the brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter until combined. Sprinkle evenly the mixture over the filling and bake 35-45 minutes, or until the filling is set.
- To Finish: Cool to room temperature and then chill for at least 2 hours. Use the foil overhang to lift the bars from the pan and cut. Drizzle with caramel topping (optional) and serve.
Yield: 24 bars
Source: Slightly adapted from Paula Deen for The Food Network