Thursday, October 20, 2011

. . . Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars . . .

I am so excited to be invited to participate in the Lady Behind The Curtain Improv Cooking Challenge.  Sheryl is a genius for starting this fun Linky Party.  Each month we will be given 2 ingredients that we must use in our recipe and then everyone that was invited will link up and share the recipes.  This month our 2 ingredients that had to be used are Apples and Caramel.  When I received the email with the invitation and the recipe requirements I knew exactly what I'd be making!

This is the perfect Fall dessert!  I have been making this recipe for a few years now and everyone always really enjoys it.  I don't know why I never make it any other time of the year but it's always on the menu at some point in the fall.
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 Print Recipe HERE
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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

 • Gather ingredients
• Mix crust ingredients together
• Line a 9x13 pan with foil
• Press crust mixture into foil lined pan

 • Combine the sugar and cream cheese together
• Add eggs and vanilla
• Cut and peel Granny Smith Apples
• Cut apples into small chunks

 • Add sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to apples
• Pour cheesecake mixture over the baked crust
• Mix up your streusel topping then top cheesecake filling with apples and streusel topping
• Bake and let cool then top with caramel topping

 How delicious!!


  1. Weren't these incredible! Nice to find your I have to figure out why my linky tool isn't working :)

  2. These look so delicious! First visit to your blog (fellow challenger here!) and I'm looking forward to taking a look around!

  3. Your recipe looks scrumptious! I'm definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it, and for visiting me at J4C Home.
    I'm following you too. :)

  4. These look so delicious and I love the fact that you made them in a big pan. Go big or go home, right?

    Thanks for stopping by this morning.

    Bibi @ Frugal Wannabe Cooks
    (recipe #7)

  5. I just discovered the Lady Behind the Curtain blog last week and loe it! This challenge is sooooo awesome and I saw your cheesecake on FB and had to fun over. I LOVEEEEE cheesecake!! I could eat this for breakfast right now.

  6. Whoa you can tell I am still asleep!!! Sorry meant run over to see your cheesecake!

  7. okay... seeing these twice now this morning -- I must make them! Visiting from the Challenge... thanks for making me hungry this morning :)

  8. Yum! I've been wanting a fall-themed cheesecake recipe and this might just be the ticket!! Thanks for stopping by my site. I'll return the favor and now I'm following you (:

  9. Oh these look sinful and delicious! Love cheesecake! I've added the Caramel Apple Scones #53.

  10. This recipe looks like a winner! yum!

  11. Mmm! I love cheesecake! And shortbread crusts! Yummy!

  12. I LOVE your recipe!!! Thanks for participating in THE IMPROV COOKING CHALLENGE! I can't wait to see what you make next month with Pumpkin and Cream Cheese!

  13. These look amazing! I am so going to gain about 10 pounds from all these caramel apple recipes :) Must try them all.

    I am a GFC follower. Have a great day!

  14. These look so yummy! Thank you for stopping by and visiting mine too! Can't wait until next month!

  15. Ooh, this looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think I am going to go and make these now!

  16. These look so decadent and delish!

  17. This is definitely a recipe I am going to have to try. It looks and sounds amazing.

  18. Delicious looking, I need to give these a try.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Improv Cooking Challenge recipe: Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  19. Drool, drool! Your recipe sounds so awesome. :) TFS.

    Pinning on pinterest. ;)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  20. AMAZING!! Caramel and apples and CHEESECAKE! This has my name written all over it!! What a perfect fall dessert!!

  21. Oh my heck! These look wonderful!!!

  22. Cheesecake's always a winner with me. Looks yummy.

  23. Lindy - I'm a fellow Improv Cooking Challenge participant stopping over to say hi ... and I made the exact same thing for the challenge! I agree that these are absolutely fabulous! Nice to 'meet' you.
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

  24. i sooo want to try that apple carmal cheesecake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    your newest follower,
    carrie @

  25. LOVE cheesecake and love caramel apples. This looks delicious!

  26. Hi there!
    I'd like to invite you to link this recipe up for A Themed Baker's Sunday, Where the theme is Caramel! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary

  27. Congrats! You were featured in this week's Themed Baker's Sunday! Please come by, get a I was featured button and join in on the new T.B.S. where the theme is Chocolate! See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary


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