Apple Cheesecake Bars

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Indulge in a dreamy cheesecake delight, where a creamy layer meets spiced apple slices on a buttery crust, perfectly embodying the fall spirit. Get ready to savor the season with this easy-to-make treat!

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 16


For the Streusel Topping:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ stick butter cubed, cold
  • For the Cheesecake Filling:
  • 1 & ½ packages full-fat cream cheese softened (12 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 & ½ tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Apple Layer:

  • 2 cups peeled cored, and diced apples (about 2 medium-sized apples)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter softened


  • Make the Streusel:
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on two sides for easy removal.
  • In a bowl, mix the cold, cubed butter, brown sugar, salt, flour, oats, and cinnamon. Once combined with small clumps, set aside in the fridge for later.
  • Make the Crust:
  • Cream together flour, both sugars, vanilla extract, salt, and softened butter until a soft cookie dough forms.
  • Spread the cookie dough on an 8×8-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Press to form an even layer and bake for 13 minutes.
  • Make the Cheesecake Filling:
  • In a separate bowl, beat softened cream cheese, heavy cream, granulated sugar, flour, and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix in the egg.
  • Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the warm sugar cookie crust.
  • Make the Apple Mixture:
  • Toss diced apples with ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  • Sprinkle the prepared streusel topping over the apples, covering them evenly.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges are golden brown, and the center is set.
  • Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow them to set.
  • Once chilled, use parchment paper overhangs to lift the bars out of the pan. Place them on a cutting board and slice into squares.
  • Enjoy as is or with a caramel drizzle on top. Savor the deliciousness of fall!

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