Monday, October 13, 2014

Apple Pecan Cheesecake Bars with Caramel

I love cheesecake and caramel apple pie so why not put them together in one dish? Drizzle on some caramel or leave it off.  We decided it is good either way!

Apple Pecan Cheesecake Bars with Caramel                                Printable Recipe

2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
2 – 8 ounce packages light cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and shredded
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon sugar

Crumb Topping:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup quick oats
5 Tablespoons cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup chopped pecans

caramel ice cream topping (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour and brown sugar, cut in butter.  You can use a pastry blender or a food processor.  Butter pieces should be pea sized when you are done.  
Press into a greased 9 x 13” baking dish.   

Bake for 15-16 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown.  Remove from oven ready for next step.
In medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until fairly smooth. 
Spread evenly over crust.
Toss apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle over cream cheese mixture.  (My apples were wet so I squeezed the liquid off so they weren’t soppy.)

For the streusel: Mix together flour, brown sugar, and oats.  Cut in butter using a pastry blender or food processor. If you use a food processor don’t blend too much or you lose the texture of the old fashioned oats.  Stir in pecans.  (I forgot to add my pecans until after I baked!!)
Sprinkles evenly over apples.

Bake for 25-28 minutes or until top is golden brown.
(I toasted my pecans that I forgot to add then gently pressed them into the top while it was still warm.)

Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting and serving.  You can drizzle the caramel on now or if you want to be fancy drizzle each piece and WOW! your guests!

Keep leftovers in fridge.


  1. Jenny,

    This sounds really delicious. I love that you mixed apples for this fall with one of my favorites cheesecake. YUM!
    Diane Roark

  2. Wow, this a perfect seasonal dessert and sounds amazing.

  3. That looks so good!! I love everything about it! Pinned, going to stumble too! Oh I wish someone would make me these right now!

  4. Such a great combination, especially for fall! Loving these bars!

    1. I love the twist on our fav pie to make this dish. I may make it for Thanksgiving instead.

  5. Apples, cheesecake and caramel? OMG, I so seriously need to indulge in these beauties!

  6. These look absolutely heavenly! Yummmmmmmm!!!

  7. Wow these look absolutely DELICIOUS!

  8. You really have a wonderful recipe here. Gosh I want to eat one right now.

    1. Thank you Patty, means a lot coming from you!

  9. Make these again and invite all your blog readers over! :)

  10. Yup, with the majority here and these definitely look amazing. Pinned to try and tweeted/Facebook Shared, too!! :)

  11. YUM! They look absolutely delicious!
    Stopping by from the #sitsgirls Fall post
    ~Becky with Choose Happy

  12. Wow, these apple pecan cheesecake bars look so decadent! I'd love to grab one or two right now :)

  13. I really like the flavors and love the look of layer bars. You can see all the unique flavors before you even bite. Peter from Feed Your Soul Too.

  14. Oh gracious!!! All of your recipes make my mouth water!!

  15. I genuinely get excited about food...and I've just inhaled an iced there may be a little hyperactivity in this, but AAAH! Yum! Thanks for linking up at #FoodieFridays, I'll be tweeting about this one:)

  16. Taste bud heaven combination - cheesecake, apple, pecan and caramel all wrapped up in on delish cookie! Who could resist?

  17. How could this combination be bad? I mean cheesecake paired with most anything, but especially apple and pecan and caramel, sounds divine!

    This was one of my favorite recipes from last week's #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I'll be sharing it on my website on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. EST and will link to it this weekend, as well. Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to see what you have for us this coming week!

  18. These were absolutely scrumptious!!! :D Thanks so much!

  19. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! Your post has been pinned to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board :)

  20. What a perfectly awesome combination! In love with these and of course thanks for coming by and linking with us at #FoodieFridays! You have been pinned :)

  21. These look so wonderful. I wish I had a bite of one right now!