Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

This Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake is pure heaven, I kid you not. It has layers of apple spice blondie and no-bake caramel cheesecake. Then it’s topped with cinnamon apples and caramel sauce!

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Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

This is one of my new favorite desserts ever and the perfect way to start off Apple Week!

This week my bloggy BFF, Julianne from Beyond Frosting, and I will be bringing you all the apple recipes you’ll need for fall! Get ready, because we’ve got some awesome recipes planned.

And before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who read, commented, emailed, etc in response to my post on Friday. Thank you so much for the support. I’m trying to respond to everyone, but haven’t been able to get to everyone yet, so know that I appreciate it SO much!

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So this weekend was quite nice. Funny enough, I ended up picking apples at an apple orchard, which I’d never done before. Quite the perfect lead-in to apple week, don’t you think? We aren’t too far south of the mountains – about an hour – so the drive wasn’t too bad. I didn’t have to drive, so that made it even better. 🙂

And since I’ve already done all the baking for this week, I get to just eat all the apples. Apples have been my snack of choice recently and I got a variety of apple types, so it’ll be fun to try them all. My bag actually broke trying to fit in just one more apple type we found on the way out. Oops!

The orchards were beautiful too. Nestled right in the mountains. It’s amazing the number of apples there were. It made me want to round up a bunch of horses and bring them in the orchard to eat all the discarded ones off the ground. Weird, right? For some reason the animal I think of feeding apples to is horses. I think we fed some horses apples when I was a kid. I guess it stuck. 🙂

I can’t even enough to explain to you just how good this cheesecake is. I want to eat it every day. The blondie alone is the jam. It’s got plenty of tasty spices and apples baked right in. It’s chewy, not too heavy and absolutely delicious. The only thing that could make it better is topping it with no bake caramel cheesecake.

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake on a white cake stand

Even I was surprised at just how good this caramel cheesecake is. So smooth and creamy. And sometimes caramel as a flavor can be hard to get to really come through in something like a cheesecake, but this caramel flavor comes through perfectly! I used the easy caramel sauce that I posted a couple weeks ago and it was amazing. The chewiness of the blondie with the smoothness of this cheesecake is a killer combo.

I topped with cinnamon apples and even more caramel, because why wouldn’t you? It’s irresistible.

I took it over to my brother’s house the other night when we were having dinner over there. Initially everyone but the hubs turned it down. In fairness, they hadn’t seen it yet. Then I brought a slice down to the basement for the hubs and my brother immediately changed his mind. By the time he came upstairs, my sister in law (still in the kitchen) had gone from wanting just one bite to try it, to eating an entire piece and telling everyone they had to try it. “Restaurant quality,” she said. There was lots of moaning going on – the sign of a job well done.

So yea, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake. It’ll rock your socks off.

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Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake on white plate
Recipe

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12-14 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake is pure caramel apple heaven, I kid you not. It has layers of apple spice blondie and no-bake caramel cheesecake, and it’s topped with cinnamon apples and caramel sauce!


Ingredients

APPLE SPICE BLONDIE 

  • 3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups (216g) brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup (79g) chopped apple (about 1/2 an apple)

CARAMEL CHEESECAKE 

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (72g) brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce*
  • 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 5 tbsp (44g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

CINNAMON APPLES 

  • 1 1/2 apples, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp (56g) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

CINNAMON WHIPPED CREAM

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (29g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

1. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with parchment paper and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, then transfer to a mixing bowl.
3. Add brown sugar and whisk to combine.
4. Add the vanilla, egg and egg white and whisk until incorporated
5. In another bowl, combine dry ingredients.
6. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until combined.
7. Fold in finely chopped apples.
8. Pour batter into springform pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
9. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to finish cooling.
10. Make the caramel sauce and allow to cool completely.
11. Once the blondie and caramel are cool, make the cheesecake. Beat cream cheese and sugars until smooth.
12. Add the caramel sauce and apple pie spice and mix until combined. Set mixture aside.
13. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
14. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture in two parts.
15. Place blondie back into the springform pan.
16. Spread cheesecake evenly on top of blondie, then put in refrigerator until firm about 3-4 hours.
17. Combine apples, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and toss to coat.
18. Add butter and cook apples on medium-high for about 15-20 minutes, or until at preferred softness.
19. Allow apples to cool for 10-15 minutes, then put on top of cheesecake.
20. To make cinnamon whipped cream, freeze a metal bowl and whisk attachment for 10-15 minutes.
21. Remove bowl from freezer, add heavy whipping cream, and whip on high speed until it begins to thicken.
22. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and whip until it you get stiff peaks.
23. Pipe whipped cream around edges of cheesecake.
24. Drizzle more caramel sauce over finished cheesecake, if desired.
*Recipe for caramel sauce makes about 1 1/2 cups worth of caramel. I made a whole recipe and used about half of it in the cheesecake and then drizzled more over the top of the cheesecake. You’ll end up with leftover caramel.

Notes

  1. I definitely recommend this easy caramel sauce. It firms up in the fridge, which helps your cheesecake filling firm up. If you use a store bought caramel sauce, it’ll likely be soft and pourable when cold, meaning your filling won’t firm up as well.
  2. Instead of homemade whipped cream in the filling, you could use 4 oz of Cool Whip.

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202 Comments
  1. Lauren

    I made this for Thanksgiving last year and I have been thinking about it ALL YEAR LONG. It is sooooo delicious. And I am so looking forward to making this next week! My only question is if there are any tips out there to making it look so pretty? I remember last year pouring my caramel on too early and melting some of the frosting so it looked kind of wonky. Didn’t affect the flavor at all though ????

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’m not sure I have any great tips. As you have pointed out, just let things cool a bit before adding them with the whipped cream should help. 🙂

  2. Olivia Brown

    Looks so yummy and mouth watery! I have made many types of dessert but this one is the first time will be making. Will be making it for my lovely kids.

  3. Meli

    Hi dear Lindsay.thanks so much for best learning and best recipies.
    I made this recipie.It is so delicate.but I have a question.my apple cake is alittle hard and sweet.plz guid me.
    Thanks

    1. Lindsay

      The blondie on the bottom is not meant to be a cake, but more of a brownie texture. So it’d be firmer and more chewy.

  4. janine

    Yum. Caramel apple cheesecake… thank you… using this for not-pie Thanksgiving dessert (except ditching the cool whip and using whip cream.  Cool whip is against my religion. Jesus would use heavy cream….)
    LOVE ❤️ your posts!

  5. Sabra

    Hi, I am making this on Friday for our card group on Saturday.(it looks to die for) It will need to be transported and I understand from reading posts that it is best if the apples are warmed and added just before serving. My questions are – when placing the blondie/cheesecake in refrigerator overnight, should I cover it?. Also can I make the whipped cream the day before as well, store in refrigerator overnight for assembly the next day or should I make that just prior to serving? Thank you for this recipe I am excited to make it for our friends!

    1. Lindsay

      It’s probably best to cover it so it doesn’t dry out. One night in the fridge shouldn’t hurt it much though. The whipped cream should be fine refrigerated overnight. I hope you enjoy it!

      1. Sabra

        OMG. This was delicious and a HUGE hit with our card group. Even the tough ones that “don’t really like” dessert-loved it! Thank you so much for providing the recipe. The recipe was clear and easy to come together. I prepared it all in advance, warmed the apples slightly just before serving and placed them on top. I also made the whipped cream just before serving as well. But so simple!. It will be one I will make again and again!

  6. Jaime

    Hi! I have a quick question… when placing the parchment paper, is it supposed to come up the sides of the pan or do you cut the parchment paper to the size of the springform?

  7. Daae

    Made it yesterday (haven’t had any yet as it is for tomorrow) and followed all the steps.
    Baked the blondie and let it cool completely (without pan) then put it back in it’s pan to add the cheesecake on top. However, from the moment it has been sitting in the fridge with the cheesecake on top (and later the apples and whipped cream) it has been oozing a siruppy substance from the bottom (through where the sides and bottom of the pan meet it just comes pouring out).
    Where is al this liquid coming from?!

    1. Lindsay

      Hmm, that its strange. It sounds like it’s from the cheesecake layer, but the only things that thin it at all are the caramel and the whipped cream. Did you use Cool Whip, or homemade whipped cream?

  8. Gena

    I tried this recipe today and I have to say it’s just AMAZING I usually adjust recipe a little bUT with this one I haven’t changed anything (well except that I don’t have apole spices bUT I added the same spice mix) and it turned out amazing thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  9. Abby

    This was INCREDIBLE. I made it for Thanksgiving and it was practically gone in 5 minutes. Plus, even though it has a lot of components, it was pretty simple to make and came out beautifully (although I used homemade whipped cream instead of cool whip and I must say that the cinnamon whipped cream and caramel sauce were both to die for). This is one of my new favorite recipes and I look forward to trying some of your other cheesecakes!

  10. Ally

    Help! I made this last year and it was amazing, but I did plain cheesecake instead of caramel… problem is I don’t remember what recipe i used… any suggestions??

  11. Cathy

    This sounds amazing and I am in the process of making it now. Actually the blondie part is cooling while I ask this question. I have read the comments and I see you say this is fine made early and that you can warm the apples before serving. Does it matter if you warm them in the microwave or is it better warmed on the stove top? And am I trying for just room temperature or for “slightly warm”. Which is better? Also, just to be sure, is there anything special I need to do with the whipping cream? Do I just make it today and keep it in the fridge until serving time tomorrow? Thanks for your attention. Happy Thanksgiving.

  12. Natalia

    this cheesecake looks insane! i just have one question! i’m planning on making it on thanksgiving but where i live there is no cool whip 🙁 could i just make whipped cream and fold it in? thank you!!!!

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, you can. You’ll want to stabilize the whipped cream though, which I use powdered sugar to do. I suggest 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream and 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar.

  13. Stephanie Thurman

    What all can be made ahead of time? I am attempting to have a dinner party on Saturday and trying to see what all I can make in advance as I will not have the 6 ovens that I would need for each dish LOL

    1. Lindsay

      This can definitely be made ahead. I’d just probably add the apples the day of or shortly before serving. The cheesecake should be ok made a day or two ahead.

  14. Aunt SM

    I made this yesterday for an Octoberfest dinner.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Everyone loved it.
    This recipe does take a bit more time than other cheesecakes that I’ve made, but it’s worth it.  I started mine on Friday night, made the blondie and the cheesecake.  Then in the morning, made the apples and topped off the cake.  The next time, I’ll prepare the apples ahead of time but wait until ready to serve to put them on the cake.  I think having them a little warm would be better.  I’ll also use 2 apples instead of 1 1/2.  
    Great recipe.  Thank you.

  15. Eileen

    Cool whip is a terrible chemical experiment gone wrong ! Why would you feed it to people you care about. Be Fearful of COOL WHIP

  16. Virginia

    This was amazing! I loved all the layers – the blonde had a great flavor, the caramel cheesecake was amazing and the apples were a great topping (I used about 4). Thanks for the great recipe!
    I made this with gluten free flour and it turned out great. I did use a spring form pan, and the ratio of blonde to cheesecake was perfect.

  17. Grace

    Sooooo yummy! This was a big hit at a church potluck. Thanks for sharing it with us! I’m already planning to make it again asap. (I confess that I used two whole eggs in the blondie crust instead of one whole and an egg white, with no apparent adverse effects)

  18. Maria

    Thank you for your response. For anyone else wanting to know.. Yes, double the blond but leave the cheesecake as is. It’s really so good. The blond is just the way a blond should be, even being kept in the fridge! Delicious 🙂

    1. Virginia

      Thanks for the update, I was thinking it might be easier to make it in a pan. With doubling the blonde and not the cheesecake, we’re both layers about the same thickness?

  19. Maria

    Hi, do you think I could make this in a 13×9 cake pan? I bet I could. I’m just wondering if I should double the recipe or not looking at how think yours is. Thanks!

  20. Wendy

    Made this for a Christmas Eve gathering at my daughter’s house. It was gone in 15 minutes (while the other desserts were untouched)! I’ve never made a cheesecake before, but your recipes inspired me to try it – made the peanut butter truffle cake, as well – now I’m hooked!! Thank you for your very detailed recipes, which helped a complete amateur make two fabulous desserts!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Terrific! I’m so glad you enjoyed them and found the recipes easy to follow! 🙂 Thanks Wendy!

  21. Jen

    Made this for thanksgiving and though I have only sampled the parts I know it will be a hit!! The caramel def does come through in the cheesecake perfectly! A great combo of flavors! This one’s a real winner, thanks!

  22. Apple

    I made this today and ran into a few problems. While everything tastes great, the execution didn’t work out well.
    The blondie bottom fell out. I baked it for 35 mins, let it cool, but it still wasn’t done properly. Also, my “cheesecake” firmed up, but was not as thick as yours look? Did you double your recipe? Other than those things, it was great, and my husband couldn’t stop picking at it.

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Hmm, it’s hard for me to say what the problem might’ve been. I didn’t double the cheesecake though. I’m glad it still tasted great. 🙂

  23. Jennifer

    How could this be prepared ahead of time? It looks amazing but with everything going on thanksgiving day I would like to make it the day before

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      Yes, it can be made ahead of time. Two options. One would be to just prepare it fully and refrigerate until needed. It’s great that way too. If you’d rather the apples be a little fresh/warm though, you could cook them ahead of time and place them in separate container in the fridge. Then when you are ready to serve the cheesecake, heat them up just a bit so they are closer to room temperature or slightly warm and then put them on the cheesecake. You could make this 1-2 days ahead and it should be fine.

  24. Mandy

    Hi, Lindsay! I LOVE your recipes! Your Funfetti Millionaire Cake was a hit at my best friend’s 2 year old’s birthday party! I want to make THIS for Thanksgiving this year. My dilemma is I will have to travel 4 hours to get to where I will be and once I get there, I don’t want to tie his mom’s kitchen up to bake because she will be cooking (mostly her oven). She does have refrigerator space for me. I have a cooler this will fit in for the trip. My question is, if I make it Tuesday night before the trip Wednesday AM, I am sure it will still be good for Thursday. To be safe, should I make it earlier and freeze it, then take it out Wednesday morning to pack to ship, or skip the freezer step? I have frozen cheesecakes before with good results. Should I do it ahead except for the apples and whipped cream put them on last minute? If I do that, could I make them ahead Tuesday night to transport too then put them on Thursday morning or wait til Thursday morning to make them at her house? We will be driving another hour from her house for Thanksgiving Day. Thank you so much!

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Funfetti Millionaire Cake – that’s definitely one of my faves. I’ve never frozen this cheesecake, but you could try it. If you have a cooler or something to keep it in, that’d work too. You could always leave it in the pan and then de-pan it there so you don’t have to worry about it getting shaken up while driving. I think you have the right idea to make the apples and whipped cream ahead and heat the apples before adding. Be sure to keep the whipped cream cold.

      1. Kerri

        Hi! I plan to make this for Thanksgiving and have an hour drive. Should I put it all together and take in a cooler? Or should I put on the whipped cream, apples, and caramel drizzle right before serving? Also, are the apples supposed to be served warm? I just want to make sure I don’t melt the cheesecake and whipped cream with the warm apples….thanks for sharing your recipe! It looks soooo good!!!

      2. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

        It should be fine in a cooler for an hour. But if you want to be sure it travels well, you could definitely add the toppings when you get there. I’d say serve the apples room temp, or a touch warm. Maybe keep those in another container that you can warm up just before adding them to the cheesecake.

  25. Mariya

    I’m in the process of waiting for the cheesecakes to cool and the house smells amazing! My friend gave me 2 pieces to try and it took me like a minute to eat both they were so good! And I just discovered your website and am so excited to look through all of your recipes. Thanks for all the yumminess! 🙂

    1. lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Thanks for checking out the site – I hope you’ll get a chance to try some other things too.

  26. Laura Sava

    I made this delicious cake yesterday, to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and it was a succes! My husband totally loved it, so many, many thanks, dear Lindsay!
    A big hug from Romania 🙂

    Laura

  27. Greenly

    Hello, I love your website and I wanted to know if you could do a chocolate brownie new york cheesecake with strawberries to top it ( brownie on the bottom new york cheesecake on top and strawberries to top that) I know you have some like it but not exactly what Im looking for.

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