Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake recipe is perfect for Fall baking or even Thanksgiving dessert! Made with cinnamon cheesecake and homemade caramel apple topping, it’s a heavenly recipe full of Autumn flavors.

Want to make this dessert extra special? Instead of store bought caramel, make this easy homemade caramel sauce and use it for the apple topping!

Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Recipe

So I’ve always been a fan of food. Probably too much of a fan sometimes. Sweet, savory, you name it. There are very few foods that I’m not into. In fact, I have always assumed that one of the things I’d have to be careful of during pregnancy was overeating and weight gain. Especially considering I’m surrounded by delicious sweets all the time.

But it’s like God read my mind and sent a solution. During my first trimester, pretty much anything I ate upset my stomach, so eating was unpleasant and basically only done because it had to be. I’ve been looking forward to the second trimester to hopefully be able to enjoy food a little more.

Well, now eating doesn’t necessarily upset my stomach all the time, but I am hungry all the time. Like, I’m on an every two hour eating schedule. If I don’t eat, bad things happen. Like heartburn. So I eat. And eat. And eat. I never thought it’d be possible to get me to a point where I didn’t want to eat anymore, but it has happened. Having to force myself to eat all the time – even right before bed, otherwise I wake up hungry in the middle of the night – has officially cured me of a love for food. And my goodness I hope it passes soon. I LOVE food! 🙂

Homemade Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Easy Homemade Cheesecake

How To Make Homemade Caramel Apple Cheesecake

But even though eating hasn’t been my favorite past time lately, I can still appreciate some good dessert. And this cheesecake totally fits the bill. Unlike a more traditional round cheesecake, this one is made in a 9×13 pan, making it great for sharing and super easy to put together. No need for a water bath either – score!

The first thing to make is the crust. I’ve always been a big crust fan. A good crust can make or break a cheesecake. In this crust, there’s a little hint of cinnamon. I have really come to love crusts with that pop of cinnamon. It just takes it up a notch.

Next is the filling, which is classically thick and creamy and again includes cinnamon. Are you noticing a trend here? I LOVE cinnamon! It could nearly be another food group for me.

On top is where it’s at though. The cinnamon apples mixed with the caramel sauce make the perfect topping and in this case, it’s what this cheesecake is all about. All the apples, all the cinnamon and all the caramel. Is there really anything more perfect about fall than these three things? I think not.

The hubs was a HUGE fan of this cheesecake! The texture and flavors were on point. And because it’s so easy to make, you could totally have it ready to enjoy in no time. What do you say we get started? 🙂

Easy Apple Cheesecake Recipe
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A close-up shot of a piece of caramel apple cheesecake with an apple slice and more cheesecake in the background
Recipe

Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Cheesecake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Learn how to make an ultra decadent baked cheesecake without the hassle of a springform pan or a water bath! These Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars have a crunchy graham cracker crust, a smooth and creamy cinnamon cheesecake filling, an irresistible caramel apple topping and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.


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Ingredients

For the Graham Cracker Crust

  • 2 1/4 cups (302g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (112g) salted butter, melted

For the Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 ounces (678g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 3 tbsp (24g) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (173g) sour cream, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

For the Caramel Apple Topping

  • 2 large apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (56g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • sprinkle of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) caramel sauce

For the Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1/4 cup (29g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

Make the Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease a 9×13 pan.
  2. Combine the crust ingredients in a small bowl. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool.

Make the Filling

  1. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (148°C).
  2. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar and flour on low speed until well completely combined and smooth. Be sure to use low speed to reduce the amount of air added to the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix on low speed until well combined.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, mixing slowly to combine. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan with the crust and spread evenly.
  6. Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes.
  7. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for 20 minutes.
  8. Crack the door of the oven, with the cheesecake inside, for 15 minutes. This slow cooling process helps prevent the cheesecake from cracking.
  9. Put the cheesecake in the fridge to cool completely, 3-4 hours.

Make the Topping

  1. Add the chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice to a pan. Stir together until apples are well coated.
  2. Cook apples on medium heat until at desired tenderness, about 10 minutes.
  3. Allow the apples to cool for a minute, then spread evenly over the cooled cheesecake.
  4. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of the cheesecake.

Make the Whipped Cream

  1. If you’d like to serve the cheesecake with the whipped cream, add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  2. Serve with the cheesecake slices.

Notes

Makes 12-15 bars

Keywords: cheesecake apple, easy cheesecake, caramel cheesecake

Enjoy!

Easy Caramel Apple Cheesecake - easy to make and perfect for fall and the holidays!
 

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18 Comments
  1. Meg

    Hi, I want to make this for a dinner party. How many days in advance can I make this? Can I freeze it? (Without topping of course) I need it for Tuesday and due to a busy work schedule it would be great if if could make
    it this weekend. 

    1. Lindsay

      It should be fine for 3-4 days when well covered. I haven’t ever tried freezing it, but I imagine it would be fine.

  2. Rachel

    Do you have to leave the peel on the apples? I’m making this for Thanksgiving with lots of picky eaters. Also, what type of apples did you use?

    1. Lindsay

      You can peel the apples if you would like. I typically use red delicious, but whatever your favorite apple is should be fine.

  3. Jaye

    Hi Lindsay! Can the apple topping be made ahead of time and reheated when its dessert time? Or can I do the topping and refrigerate?  I’d like to serve this dessert at our office Halloween gathering but don’t want to screw it up. 
    Thank you.

    1. Lindsay

      Either way would be fine. If you’d like the topping to be warm, you can certainly make it ahead and then warm it up before adding later.

  4. Georgette

    Hi Lindsay. Made this today and it was absolutely delicious! I did have to add 10 minutes to the bake time as at the end of 30 minutes, the center was still looking wet but that could my oven. All in all, it was a crowd pleaser.

  5. Hana

    UGH, this looks sooo good! Definitely on my list of things to make soon!

    What kind of apples did you use for this? Thanks in advance! 🙂

  6. Erin R.

    God BLESS you for leaving the skins on the apples. Peeling is for squares.

    Also, I’m sorry about the eating at the moment, it sounds rough. I love reading all your little pregnancy tidbits.

  7. Kelly Mitchell

    Hi Lindsay, I’m from South Africa and we don’t get Graham Crackers here… what could we use as an alternative? Ps: I made your Moist Vanilla Cupcakes yesterday for my son’s 3rd birthday at school today. Perfection! Thank you 🙂 I will be making another 48 for his party pull apart cupcake cake on Sunday.

    1. Lindsay

      I asked my mother-in-law, who is from South Africa, and she suggested digestive biscuits – or even better might be Tennis Biscuits. I hope that helps!

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