Monday, December 26, 2011

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

The other day I was searching for a dessert to make for our Christmas dinner at my parents house. I wanted something I could put together easily and make ahead of time. I was searching and now I am searching no more because I’ve found all that I was looking for in this delicious treat.
Let me describe each layer of this amazing dessert for you: it all starts with a chewy oatmeal cookie-like crust on the bottom, then a smooth and delicious cream cheese filling with chunks of yummy cinnamon & nutmeg apples scattered all over, then a crumbly and crunchy topping with pecans, and finally a delicious warm and salty caramel sauce drizzled all over!
Sounds pretty good, huh?
It might seem like a lot of steps, but it's actually really easy and tastes amazing!

Check out Sweet As Sugar Cookies blog for a whole list of yummy treats!!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars 
Recipe adapted from Food Network

Crust & Streusel:
1 package Oatmeal Cookie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1/2 cup butter, cold (1 stick)
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Cheesecake Filling:
2 packages cream cheese (8 oz each), softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar
Caramel Sauce:
15-20 caramel candies, unwrapped
2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp salt

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil.
  • Place cookie mix in large bowl. With a fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly and coarse. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture Press remaining crumbs in bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over crust.  
  • In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle evenly with remaining cookie crumb topping. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Cool about 30 minutes. Refrigerate to chill, about 2 hours. 
  • Add unwrapped caramel candies with milk and salt in a microwaveable bowl. Cook on high, 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir occasionally until caramel is melted and smooth
  • Cut into bars and serve each with drizzled caramel sauce.  


  1. Wow, all of your recipes looks amazingly delicious! I wish I had one of these cheesecake bars now! :)
    Thanks for visiting me over at my cozy kitchen! I'll be back here to see what other yummies you have baking.

  2. Talk about decadent! The flavor combination here must be out of this world delicious. I'm so bookmarking this to try soon. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy New Year!

  3. Thank you for the kind words Leslie! I enjoyed your kitchen and all of your recipes as well! Happy New Year!!

  4. Tia - Please let me know what you think...I promise you will not be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!

  5. I'm going to make this for a New Year's party! Looks delish!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. My gosh, those look incredible. All that caramel, yum! I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your bars up.

  7. I found this picture on Pinterest and that is how I ended up at your blog. I may regret it!!! The dessert looks delish! Will figure out how many WW points it is and I'll report back! I bet it isn't as much as you'd think if you didn't eat the entire recipe.

  8. Please do...I am curious to know how many I am allowed to eat! :)

  9. Mmmmm. I'm wondering if I omit the salt IN the caramel and sprinkle some kosher salt on top, if that would be enough???? Hmmm

    1. I'm sure that would be just as delish!! Enjoy!


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