Saturday, May 16, 2015

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Recipe


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars start with a shortbread nut crust, then creamy cheesecake 
is swirled with seasoned apples and drizzled with a delicious caramel sauce!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars made with a walnut shortbread crust

If you like cheesecake and apple pie then you're going to love these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars!  This recipe is a combination of the love my son has for cheesecake and the love my husband has for apple pie.  I decided to put the two together and make one scrumptious dessert.  For the crust I made a shortbread and added in some walnuts to add a little more depth to it.  Then you have your traditional cheesecake layer which is topped with apples and a little bit of reserved crust.  I made my favorite easy caramel sauce and drizzled it on top to make the perfect dessert!


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Ingredients are as follows:

crust:
1/3 C butter, softened
1/3 C brown sugar
1 C flour
1/3 C ground walnuts

filling: 
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 C sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling

caramel:
1/2 C brown sugar

1/4 C butter

1 Tbsp. pancake syrup

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 tsp. baking soda


Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with aluminum foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray.  

Cream the butter and brown sugar together.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

Mix in the flour and walnuts.

caramel apple cheesecake bars 

Reserve 1/2 C and press the remaining into the bottom of the prepared pan.

caramel apple cheesecake bars
 
Bake for 5-8 minutes; until slightly brown.  Set aside to cool.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

 Cream the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together.

caramel apple cheesecake bars
 
Mix in the eggs, one at a time.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

Pour into the parbaked crust. 

caramel apple cheesecake bars

Spoon the apple pie filling on top.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

Sprinkle the reserved 1/2 C crust on top.

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Bake for 55 - 60 minutes; the center should slightly wiggle.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

Allow to cool completely.  While it's cooling mix the brown sugar, butter, syrup, salt and vanilla together; boil for three minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda.  Place back on the stove for another minute to thicken up.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.


Remove the dessert from the pan and drizzle the caramel sauce on top.

caramel apple cheesecake bars

 Slice, serve and enjoy!

caramel apple cheesecake bars

2 comments:

  1. Mmm those sound fabulous! So rich and thick :)

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  2. Awesome..these look so delicious.

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