Print
Apple cheesecake bars stacked on top of each other showing layers of shortbread crust, cheesecake, apples and streusel

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Apple cheesecake bars are layers of shortbread crust, cheesecake filling, sliced apples and cinnamon streusel topping. This dessert recipe is perfect for fall!

Course Dessert
Keyword Apple Cheesecake Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • cup  (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  (50 g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  (113 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter,  room temperature

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 1 1/2  cups (12 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3  cup  (67 g) sugar
  • large egg
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract

Apples Layer:

  • small apples peeled, cored and chopped¹
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg optional

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2  cup  (100 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup  (62 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  (25 g) rolled oats
  • 1/4  cup  (56 g or 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and brown sugar. Add the butter and use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden in color.
  3. Make the cheesecake mixture: In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar using an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy and smooth, about 1 minute. Then add egg and vanilla. Beat to combine. Pour over warm crust.
  4. Prepare apple layer: In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Distribute evenly over cheesecake mixture.
  5. Make the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats and butter. Either stir ingredients together using a wooden spoon or, better yet, use your clean hands to combine the butter into the mixture.
  6. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the apple layer. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until streusel is light brown and filling is set. Let bars cool in the pan to room temperature, then transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 3 hours. Serve cold and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  1. I recommend using Gala, Braeburn, Honey Crisp or Golden Delicious apples for the best texture and flavor.