Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping

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Servings: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Streusel topping (recipe follows)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3   granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
2   large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2   (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup caramel topping

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





Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.  Press evenly into a 13-by-9-by-2 inch baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.  Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping.

Streusel Topping

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.

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Publication: Paula's Home Cooking/Sep/Oct 2006 issue

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If anyone wants to try something real good you have got to make this desert from Paula Deen. It is the apple cheese cake squares. They are wonderful. I have made them and I just can't tell you how great they taste. Thank you Paula.

By Deborah Scata on November 29, 2013


My 16 year old daughter with limited cooking experience made this and it was wonderful. The ladies at my work loved it. Thank you.

By Kori on October 15, 2013


This is absolutely delicious! I baked this over the weekend and it didn't last the day. We served it warm with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream and it received rave reviews!

By Marcia Wolff on October 07, 2013


Today I attended a wedding dinner where my friend had made these Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars - it took one bite and I was in LOVE !! These are to die for and I bugged her all night to disclose the recipe ... all she had to say was "It's a Paula Deen recipe ... super easy and delicious !! Thank you Paula Deen for making life wonderful with delicious goodies !!

By Allie on November 18, 2012


Paul Deen is absolutely my favorite cook and person in the world. She is REAL, inside and out. God bless her this Holiday Season and always. DK

By W.Diane Kronz on November 06, 2012


I am going to use your recipe..but replacing the apples with zucchini..I organize a Zucchini Fest each year..always looking for new ways to use that great veggie. I will let you know how it goes..Sharlene

By SHARLENE on August 23, 2012


I made this for a graduation party. It came out exactly like the picture. It was a hit. Everybody wanted this recipe from me. Apple crisp meets cheese cake, yummy! I've been asked to make it again!

By Jacque on July 30, 2012


Was really excited to bake this recipe even had all the indregients except the oats,borrowed some from my Mom who lives next door. well I cooked the cheese cake tonight, wish I had left the oats off to me they did not complete the dish in my opinion they actually took away from to me would have been better without them. Also I think the cream cheese mixture could have used maybe another 1/4 cup sugar. I defently will bake again & make these changes. I do love Ms.Pauls show & her food. Mary G.

By Mary Gray on February 08, 2012


What do you recommend for caramel topping.\

By Anonymous on December 13, 2011


These are the best ever! I have made them several times and always get asked to make more! It makes a huge batch. Everyone raves about them. I agree with someone else that said to refrigerate them before you cut them. Makes it much much easier. I make them at night - pour the caramel over the top whenthe bars are warm and let them set overnight. Then the next morning - they come out of the pan with ease - I cut them into small bite size pieces and I drizzle a bit more caramel on the top. PERFECTION!

By Anonymous on November 22, 2011


dear paula i love to cook as much as u do maybe even more lol everyone loves my food .i get great enjoyment out of the smiles and moans from people eating my cooking. i love your site i can find anything i want and it is sooooo good thank u for sharing maybe one day we can meet . my dream was always to open a small restaurant . who knows maybe someday. thank u again terri rice

By terri rice on November 02, 2011


Absolutely delicious! Recipe was changes necessary. Only comment to make is that I chilled them before lifting out of the pan to cute them, which made it super easy to get them out and not break. Made them to give as a gift and honestly, they were lucky that I rescued them to put on a plate and get them out of the house! Very good, and just what I was looking for to have a nice fall treat.

By Ann Hunter on October 25, 2011


Question-once finished do you refridgerate or leave out?

By Kelly on October 22, 2011


These are great. Needed to cook longer than stated. I also did not use oats and would cut streusel topping in half next time. Amazing flavor!!!

By Suzie on August 13, 2011


By Bonnie on July 21, 2011


Paula, I watched your video of your Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping, but when I went to print it out there were more ingredients added, so now which do I follow? I'm confused?? Please advise! Thanking you in this matter. Sincerely, Judith

By Judith A. Carlson on June 21, 2011


I didn't forget about you! Owen and Maeve say "hello".....good to see you on Easter, take care...........xoxo Marti

By Marti on April 27, 2011


These look good!!!!!

By Gin on February 08, 2011


These bars are so good and so easy to make!! Everyone loved them not a single leftover!!

By Anonymous on February 05, 2011


By Cristin on January 11, 2011

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