Fall will soon be descending on us. With the season change also comes all of those wonderful fall flavors. My mission for this fall was to combine two of my favorite desserts into one Frankensteined plate of deliciousness. I decided that I would take these classic caramel apple cheesecake bars and combine them with an apple crumble texture. The result is a caramel apple crumble cheesecake bar recipe that is out of the world. A symphony, no a masterpiece that sings of heavenly fall flavors!
When summertime comes to an end and the children start school again, it is one of the busiest times of the year for most families. Bedtimes come earlier and shopping for school clothes and school supplies seem like a never-ending task.
The little ones begin craving warm fall desserts and treats. Autumn brings a love for apples, caramel, cream cheese, and graham cracker crumble crust.
The main ingredients needed for these caramel apple cheesecake bars:
- Cheese cheese
- Graham cracker
- Vanilla wafers
- Unsalted butter
- Dulce de Leche (caramel)
- Apple pie filling
- And many other items
Everyone in our house loves the taste of a delicious juicy caramel apple. Especially the little ones.
These caramel apple cheesecake bars are a go-to recipe for fall around our house. They are also great for carry-in dessert for school functions, a fall party, or even to grandmas for Thanksgiving.
The cheesecake bars are a layered dessert. The bottom layer is made up of butter, graham cracker crumbles, vanilla wafers, and brown sugar. The middle layer consists of apple pie filling, cream cheese, and egg. The streusel layer is flour, sugar, and butter. Finally, you drizzle dulce de leche caramel sauce on top. This caramel sauce is superb when used in a desert it is the ultimate burst of divine caramel flavor.
There is something so magical about the taste of caramel and apple. They go together so well. The streusel on top of these amazing cheesecake bars adds a very nice touch as well.
The first time I prepared these caramel apple cheesecake bars, it seemed like an eternity before the bars were cool and ready to sample. My kids like eating this apple treat for breakfast. The cheesecake bars resemble coffee cake which makes them ideal to serve at a Sunday morning brunch.
One of the coolest things about these caramel apple cheesecake bars is that unlike traditional cheesecake recipes, you don’t need a plate or fork. Just grab a square and eat it on go!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Recipe
If you love caramel apple, apple crisp bars, and cheesecake, you are really going to love this recipe!
Crust for apple cheesecake bars
Cheesecake for cheesecake bars
Streusel Topping: for caramel apple cheesecake
- ½ stick unsalted butter 60g
- ½ cup all-purpose flour Plain Flour, 70g
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
Combine all of the streusel toppings in a medium bowl.
Mix with a hand mixer until the mixture is crumbly.
Cover and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of the crust ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients for a nice batter.
Line a 9 x 13 glass pan with wax paper and press the crust mixture evenly across the pan.
Cook crust for 5 minutes, remove from oven and set aside.
Mix all cheesecake filling ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure the mixture is smooth with no clumps.
Evenly layer the cheesecake filling over top of the crust.
Spread the apple pie filling over top the cheesecake filling. Be careful not to mix.
Sprinkle the streusel over top of the apple pie filling.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Allow 5 minutes cooling time.
Heat Dulce de Leche sauce in the microwave until the caramel becomes runny.
Drizzle the Dulce de Leche over top of the entire cheesecake.
Cover the pan and set in the refrigerator overnight.