Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
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!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 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.
Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 19.8g | Saturated Fat: 12.3g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 21.4g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.3mg