Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars



Today is "National Cheesecake Day" and I am celebrating with these "Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars". 


When I saw that fellow blogger Roxana from Roxana's Home Baking was organizing a Cheesecake Day for bloggers, I knew I had to sign up!  Would you believe that over 65+ bloggers posted recipes for this today?  It seems as though we all really love our cheesecake!  Be sure to check out all of the great blogs at the bottom of this post for their cheesecake recipes!  


Now, let's get to the recipe, shall we?


I am a huge fan of all things cheesecake, though my husband, not so much.  He can take or leave desserts of the cheesecake variety, not preferring cream cheese in or on anything (it tastes too processed, says the guy who loves Cheese Whiz).  He does, however like anything that has to do with apples, especially apple pie/crumbles... throw homemade caramel sauce into the mix and I'll have literally just made his day.  I figured if I was going to get my cheesecake on today, I would have do it in a way that he would eat it too (this recipe makes 16 bars for goodness sake - I had to share with someone).  This recipe seems to have done the trick, and he took care of a couple of them for me right after they came out of the oven... for a cheesecake lover like myself, these were like a little slice of heaven.  


Ingredients

Crust
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened

Filling
- 2 - 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Pie Topping
- 4 granny smith apples
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Crumble Topping
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened

- 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce (either store-bought or homemade)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all of the ingredients for the crust, and flatten into a 9x13 baking pan lined with foil.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. 

Combine ingredients for filling, whipping either with a whisk, hand mixer, or stand mixer.  Ensure all ingredients are well combined.  Pour onto warm crust. 

Core and finely chop apples.  Add lemon juice, sugar, and spices, and spoon evenly over cheesecake mixture. 

Combine ingredients for crumble topping and sprinkle ontop of apples. 

Bake in pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until cheesecake layer has set and crumble topping is golden brown. 

Drizzle with caramel sauce before serving. 

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Baked Cheesecakes:



  • Blackberry Goat Cheese Cheesecake from Baking a Moment


  • Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake from Wishes and Dishes


  • Coconut Cheesecake with Macadamia Crust from All Day I Dream About Food


  • Hawaiian Mini Cheesecakes from Pint Sized Baker


  • Key Lime Pie Cheesecake from Love and Confections


  • Lemon Cheesecake from Shugary Sweets


  • Lightened Up Apricot-Swirl Cheesecake from Take A Bite Out of Boca


  • Mango Cheesecake (vegan) from Jessiker Bakes


  • Mom's Cheesecake from Magnolia Days


  • New York Style Cheesecake from URBAN BAKES


  • Oreo Cheesecake (vegan) from Namely Marly


  • Oreo Ripple Cheesecake from Overtime Cook


  • Pumpkin Cheesecake from Lady Behind The Curtain


  • Rainbow Cheesecake from In Katrina's Kitchen


  • Ricotta Cheesecake from French Press


  • Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Jane's Adventures in Dinner


  • Snickers Cheesecake from Life, Love and Sugar


  • Sugar cookie cheesecake from Munchkin Munchies


  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake from Wine & Glue


  • White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake from That Skinny Chick Can Bake


  • White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake from Will Cook For Smiles
  • No Bake Cheesecakes:



    • Berry Cheesecake from Food Lust People Love


    • Blackberry Cheesecake from You Made That?


    • Butter Pecan Caramel Mini Cheesecakes from Simply Southern Baking


    • Limoncello Cheesecake from Cake Duchess


    • Mini Lime Cheesecakes from Miss in the Kitchen


    • Neopolitan Cheesecake from Grandbaby Cakes


    • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake from White Lights on Wednesday


    • Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Crunchy Creamy Sweet


    • Peanut Butter Cheesecake from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts


    • S'mores Cheesecake from The Gunny Sack
    • Cheesecake Beverages:



      • Caramel Cheesecake Martini from Happy Food, Healthy Life
      • Cheesecake Cookies and Bars:



        • Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars from Cooking with Jax


        • Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars from Crumbs and Chaos


        • Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Inside BruCrew Life


        • Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars from Cooking In Stilettos


        • Pear cheesecake with gingersnap crust from Roxana's Home Baking
        • Cheesecake Desserts and Treats:



          • Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from Jen's Favorite Cookies


          • Chocolate Nutella Cheesecake Cake from gotta get baked


          • Key Lime Trifles from Hoosier Homemade


          • Strawberry Cheesecake Pots from Barbara Bakes


          • Triple Brigadeiro Cheesecake Tart from From Brazil To You
          • Frozen Cheesecakes and Treats:



            • Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


            • Frozen PB&C Cheesecake from Noshing With The Nolands

            • 12 comments:

              1. Yum! Caramel apple makes me think of fall, my favorite time of year!

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              2. Oh my- these look absolutely to die for! Count me in for anything involving caramel ;)

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              3. Jax, your cheesecake bars look incredible! The caramel, the apples, that amazing crumb...do you think it would survive a trip from Alberta to BC? I'm sure a courier company could get this to me in no time flat ;)

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                1. Thanks Nancy! :) Only if you promise to send me a slice of the chocolate Nutella cheesecake you posted the other day! Wow did that ever look delicious!

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              4. I've had apple cheesecake on my mind since I made my pear cheesecake and now, after seeing yours, I'm craving some even more! And the caramel, hmmm
                Thanks for joining us Jacqueline

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                1. Thanks for hosting such an awesome event Roxana! Your ginger/pear cheesecake looks phenomenal!

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              5. Oh my gosh those look incredible! So many layers...I will definitely have to try something like this! :)

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                1. Thanks! I love variety so these worked out well for me - a plethora of flavours in each and every bite! :)

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