Plain cheesecake can be a blank canvas. But when you add some great toppings it becomes fantastic. Now today, we’re going to make a fall classic. We are going to add caramel apple and form these into tasty bite-size bars. This streusel topping is a recipe staple. You can sprinkle this on just about anything; pies, oatmeal, bread or even fresh fruit.
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 stick unsalted butter softened
- 3 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/4" pieces
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp white sugar divided
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 2 packages cream cheese 8-oz, softened
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce for topping
Place all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Gently, with your fingers, mix the dough until it's crumbly with medium-size pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
First place an oven rack in the lower-third of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 13" baker with cooking spray. Set aside.
Toss the chopped apples, 2 Tbsp sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium-size bowl. Set aside. Combine the flour and brown sugar a large bowl. Gently, with your fingers, add the butter and mix the dough until crumbly. Evenly press the mixture into the prepared baker and bake 25–30 minutes, or until light golden brown.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Pour the batter over the warm crust. Evenly spoon the apples (without the liquid it produced) over the cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle the streusel topping on top. Bake for 35–40 minutes, or until the filling is set.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Cut into desired-size bars and drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.