Recipe: Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

These were the fourth recipe of dessert bars I made last night. I saw the Biscoff cookies in the cookie aisle and I knew I wanted to use them in a crust. I’d already gotten the caramel chips and I was playing around with ideas for almost a couple of weeks. Finally, I decided to Frankenstein a couple of recipes and came up with this.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground Biscoff cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter
  • 16 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup & 1/4 cup sugar (used separately, so keep divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium apples (I strongly suggest a tart baking apple such as Granny Smith or Honey Crisp), finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Pie Spice
  • 11 oz. caramel bits

Materials:

  • Pan to melt butter
  • Hand mixer (or stand mixer)
  • Spatula
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9″ x 13″ baking pan or 2 8″ x 8″ baking pans
  • Baking spray (or butter which I highly recommend) to grease the pan–make sure you get the sides well greased, too
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Knife & cutting board (to dice apples)
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and mix with ground cookies. Spread evenly across bottom of greased pan/s. Using the mixer, cream together the cream cheese and the 1/2 cup of sugar. After about three minutes of mixing, you can then add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until silky smooth. Pour mixture over the ground cookies. Finely dice the apples and mix with 1/4 cup sugar, apple pie spice and caramel bits. Spread apple mix over cheesecake filling. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until filling has set. Let sit for at least one hour after baking to firmly set.

Before baking:

Photo of caramel apple cheesecake bars before baking

 

From side before baking:

Photo of caramel apple cheesecake bars taken from side before bakingFrom side after baking:

Photo of caramel apple bars taken from side after baking showing how puffy the cheesecake filling isAfter baking:

Photo of caramel apple cheesecake bars after baking, showing how brown the apple topping becomes

 

 

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