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Apple season calls for the perfect fall recipe. These Apple Caramel Walnut Cheesecake Bars are a family favorite.

Apple Caramel Walnut Cheesecake Bars

Apple season calls for the perfect fall recipe. These Apple Caramel Walnut Cheesecake Bars are a family favorite.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 Servings
Author Melissa Russo

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 3 - 8- ounce packages of cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Apples I use a mixed variety to enhance flavor - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of the sugar Walnut Streusel Topping
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • Caramel Topping for drizzling when served.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In medium bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each. Beat in flour on low until mixture forms small crumbs. Add half and half. Press evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with the 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Pour over the shortbread crust.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir chopped apples together with 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Spoon over cheesecake mixture.
  5. To make the walnut streusel topping, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender or fork to mix. It should form small crumbs.
  6. Sprinkle topping over the apples. Bake 40 - 45 minutes until filling is set.
  7. Before serving, drizzle with caramel topping.