Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Looking for something sweet and rich to sink your teeth into? Oh boy will these do the trick! These Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars with Streusel Topping are highly recommended from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Carmel Cheesecake Bar

What is required to make them? Most of these items you may already have in your pantry just waiting to be mixed together into this delish dish! *Note that the half-and-half cream did not make in into the picture in time, it was too busy checking it’s milky complexion in the mirror.

apple strudel

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, then start with the base of the cheesecake. Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl with 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

carmel apple

Next, cut in 1 cup butter with two forks until well blended.


When the mixture is crumbly pour it into a 9″x13″ aluminum lined baking pan.


Pat down firmly and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes.


To get the apple topping ready, peel, core and chop 3 Granny Smith apples.

cheesecake apples

They have a tart taste and are just what is needed for such a sweet dessert.

cheesecake apple with sugar and cinnamon

Combine apples with 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Set aside.

cheesecake topping

On to the Streusel topping; combine 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup quick cooking oats, and finally 1/2 cup butter, softened. Set aside.


For the cream cheese layer, beat 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.

cheesecake mixture

Beat in 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Not vanilla extract if you can help it, find Mexican or Puerto rican vanilla, your taste buds will thank you, it is a much richer and fantastic taste. I will never go back to vanilla extract!


Pour cheesecake mixture over the warm crust.

apple topping on cheesecake

Next, spoon the apple topping over the cheesecake.

strudel cheesecake topping

And then add the streusel topping. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes or until cheesecake mixture is set.

carmel topping ingredients

While that is baking, we move onto the deliriously good carmel sauce by Pioneer Woman.

carmel ingredients butter in saucepan

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium-sized sauce pan over medium heat.

carmel sauce

Mix in 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup half-and-half cream.

carmel sauce bubbling up

Bring to a low simmer and whisk gently for 5-7 minutes until thickened slightly. Add 1 tablespoon real vanilla and simmer for 1 more minute.

carmel sauce

Remove from heat and pour into a glass container. You can refridgerate the sauce until ready, just heat it slightly before you pour it over the cheesecake bars. Carmel sauce should always be served warm and gooey.

carmel apple cheesecake bars

Oh yes, that’s the ticket. This is a rich dessert, but sooooo worth it.

For the printable recipe, click here.

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