Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Apple Cheesecake Bars are so good this time of year! Like an apple pie…but with cheesecake!

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Since when are squats the new black? I mean, jeez. It used to be you could go to the gym, run a little, maybe do some bicep curls, and be done. Now?

Now you gotta do squats. Lots of them. With kettle balls. Have you ever seen a kettle ball? They’re labeled in kg so when the ball looks small, it really isn’t. I just thought I’d warn you so you don’t to go up to the rack thinking “oh this thing is light, I’ll pick up the bigger one” and then your arms pulls out of its socket. {Not that that happened to me or anything…}

And it doesn’t end there, oh no.

Did you know you’re supposed to hold the kettle ball out in front of you perpendicular to the ground while you do squats? Or, swing it between your legs? It’s like Go Go Gadget arms!

And in classes, it’s even worse. Squats, lunges, one legged squats, weights over head on one legged squats. These ladies must either have iron glutes, or they have permament grab bars in their bathrooms. Just sayin’!

So, in honor of my tons and tons of squats, and because I can’t sit down on my own, I made you Apple Cheesecake Bars.

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I know, like with squats, there are 5,432 versions of these bars floating out there on the internet. But these are different, I promise.

Because of the crust. It’s always the crust!

The crust on these bars is a combo of Nilla Wafers and Graham Crackers. It gives the bars so much depth! Then it’s topped with an amazing cheesecake mixture (do you use sour cream in your cheesecakes? I almost always do, I think it gives such a creamy, delicious texture!) and apples with cinnamon and sugar.

And there’s crumble.

Lots of crumble.

Oh, crumble. It’s worth 3,245 squats with kettle balls, don’t you think?

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You know what would be a great way to serve these bars? Topped with caramel sauce. Salted caramel would be even better. But, uh, I forgot in the photos.

They were good even without the caramel.

Apple + Cheesecake + Crust = my favorite Fall dessert! (Well, in addition to these. And these. And this.)

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Do some squats, then make these to reward yourself. If you use a kettle ball, you can have 5. Right?

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Apple Cheesecake Bars

These Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect Fall dessert! {Recipe adapted from Food Network.}


    For the Crust
  • 12 Graham Cracker Sheets
  • 50 Nilla Wafer Cookies
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 tablespoons butter, melted
  • For the Cheesecake
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened


  1. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the Crust: Pulse graham crackers and Nilla Wafer cookies in a food processor until they are fine crumbs. Place in a bowl and stir in cinnamon and melted butter. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes, while preparing filling.
  3. Beat cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla with a hand held or stand mixer. Place apples in a small bowl and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Make the topping by mixing all topping ingredients in a medium bowl with a hand mixer.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with apples. Sprinkle evenly with topping. Bake for 40-45 minutes (mine took 43). Cool to room temperature and then chill for at least 3 hours before cutting.
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Other Apple Goodness:

Crockpot Applesauce

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Apple Butter Pie Bars

apple butter pie bars

Sweets from friends:
Caramel Apple Poke Cake by What’s Cooking Love
Biscoff Caramel Apple Cider by Something Swanky
Applesauce Cupcakes by Bakeaholic Mama


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  1. A Nilla Wafer Cookie and Graham crust…omg right there. SOLD! And the layers. Filling, crumbly topping – delish!!!

  2. Haha, I did squats yesterday with a Kettleball! And I pretty much can’t move today. These bars look amazing girl :)
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  3. Holy moly! These look amazing and are two of my favorite tastes in a single dessert!
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  4. Great minds think alike…while I was reading I was wondering if you added caramel sauce. That and a little vanilla ice cream…WOW!

  5. Oh my goodness these look like they are worth TONS of squats…I might need to do some after just looking at these bars!
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  6. That crust is incredible!! I love it and these look insanely awesome!! I need to start my apple and pumpkin baking. I have to catch up to you!
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  7. If this is like an apple pie and a cheesecake, I’m sold! This is amazing! But I think I might need to do some squats after I eat these!
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  8. First, I’m just totally impressed that you’re squatting with a kettleball. I got on my elliptical machine yesterday for the first time in, um, a year?? and now I can’t walk up my stairs.

    I’d rather just eat these bars, because OMG. Heaven!
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  9. And now I will dream of apple cheesecake deliciousness al night long… these sound fabulous!!!
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  10. I laughed so hard at the thought of your arms pulling out of their sockets. I’m one step ahead of you, Dorothy. I know what kettle balls are so I wouldn’t even attempt to pick them up in the first place! Dang, I hate lunges. You definitely deserved these glorious cheesecake bars after your workout. This is going to the top of my fall baking list! Seriously, the combo of Nilla and graham crackers in the crust? Brilliant!
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  11. This would be worth nine thousand kettle bell squats- especially since the swing-between-your-legs kettle bell thing scares me that I really WILL rip my arm out of its socket! (And you’re right- that crust looks incredible)
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  12. These look so, so good! Hooray for the start of apple season!
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  13. This combines my husband’s two favorite things. He would die if i made them for him. But that would be bad. Treats after a hard gym session is the right training program for me.
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  14. See . . . This is why I don’t go to the gym . . . I’d immediately be called out for the weakling I am :). These look so good Dorothy . . .i probably should go to the gym :)
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  15. I’m sorry, I always laugh a little when I see someone with a kettle bell. I don’t know why it’s funny to me? It’s probably just nervous laughter as I’m trying to devert attention to the fact the I am just standing around NOT working out! Truth is I’d rather just eat bars like these. I love all those big apple chunks!
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  16. Oh, Dorothy! These look amazing! Pinning! :)
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  17. I think I will just skip the squats and go right for the pan of cheesecake bars! I’m loving all those apple chunks!!!!
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  18. Your crust is hands down the best part. Who would’ve thought to combine those two? I can’t wait to try that – its like the epitome of fall in crust. Amazing. And its a given that I adore the filling:)
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  19. um these sound amazing!!!
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  20. Your experience with squats and kettle balls is like when Jillian Michaels told me I had to start doing walking push ups in the 30 Day Shred. Yep, walking push ups. I’m sorry, but that is just plain wrong :) Luckily we have these bars to drown our sorrows in because they look gorgeous and glorious!

  21. Delicious looking bars!
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  22. These cheesecake bars are worth a thousand and one squats!
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  23. Oh my goodness look at those fab layers! These look great!
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  24. I would do a ton of squats for these bars! I mean, not right now, I don’t want to go into labor yet. Well, I guess I’ll just have to skip them and east a few of these bars anyway, :)
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  25. Oh yes, the pain of the squat. And kettle bell swings still kind of scare me, I think I’m either going to throw my back out or let go of the kettle bell and smash the mirror…making and eating these apple cheesecake bars sounds MUCH safer…
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  26. Dorothy, your amazing treats always have me drooling! These cheesecake bars look unreal! :)
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  27. I think my heart just melted a little bit. There is nothing like anything apple on some kind of cheesecake — two of my favorite things in life!
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  28. oh my goodness, dorothy. yum. these look like the absolute perfect dessert for fall. and we all know cheesecake is great with everything. yum!
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  29. Let me just tell you that I have been doing different forms or squats or the stair master for the past two days, and I can barley walk. I guess it serves me right since I have not worked out very much for oh uh, the past YEAR! I feel like it should come with a warning on those kettle balls- warning, you won’t be able to walk well after using them! Also, Nilla wafers in the crust? Genius!
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  30. Seriously I’m not doing squats but I would so go for these bars! :)
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  31. sounds yummy!
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  32. I can always count on you to make me LOL, which I love! And oh how yummy all your recipes are! I’m amazed at the variety, and new inventions. But oh so glad I don’t live next door! LOL

  33. I think I told you before that I’m also a personal trainer….I would love to be your trainer! I would make you do those squats too but, we would talk about food the whole time!

    I would make you pay me in baked goods too! No cash, just cookies, pie, cake and these cheesecake bars for sure!!!
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  34. Mmmm. crumble. Crumble is definitely worth lots of squats! I love these little cheesecake bars, Dorothy!
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  35. I love kettle bells! Kettle bells are always my first choice when working out (until I’m about 100 swings in and then I curse my choice!) But I would do a lot of swings for these bars – all of my favorite things wrapped up in a pretty bar!
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  36. Uh geeze. These look incredilble! And the kettle ball scares me. My arms are so wimpy!
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  37. Wow, these look amazing. I remember when planking used to be the rage, now it’s squats.

  38. I walked into the wrong “Zumba” class this week and it turned out to be a body combat class (the whole Monday being a holiday messed with my head) but I stayed and boy did I regret it because it was one of those with kettle balls and jacks. Still can’t feel my arms. But If these bars are what I get after one of those horrible classes, I will gladly do those squats!!!
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  39. I’m embarrassed to say it but… I’m in LOVE with my kettlebell! Like, 100% complete unconditional love. I feel so macho swinging it around, even though it’s only a 10 pound one. It helps that it’s a super cute shade of lime green! ;) And seriously? Apple pie AND cheesecake in one bar?? Two of my favorite dessert! You are AMAZING and I love you!!
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  40. I think squats are hard enough alone, I couldn’t imagine doing them with a kettleball too. These cheesecake bars look amazing, especially the crust. I love the suggestion of serving them with salted caramel, yum! Also, thanks for mentioning my Caramel Apple Poke Cake!
    Alyssa recently posted..Apple Cheesecake Dip with Pie Crust DippersMy Profile

  41. Ugh. I’m pretty much in denial that I might ever have to change my basic workout routine….although that time might definitely be here! Good for you….and thanks for these bars! :)
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  42. Oooooooo…..yummy!!
    I love using graham crackers as a crust but I haven’t tried mixing it with nilla wafers. I will try it for sure :)
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  43. I made this for my emergency room staff! They absolutely loved these bars!!! Only problem I need to make probably double or triple batches! The first batch was gone in 5 minutes!! It’s like apple pie meets cheesecake! A match made in heaven!!! Thank you for a great recipe!!!

  44. These look awesome! Would you recommend only using granny smith apples? I just went apple picking and am trying to get rid of what I have!

  45. Terry Slattery says:

    Question: What do you mean by “sheets” –2 squares? 4? I’ll need to translate that to premade graham cracker crumbs. Thanks, it looks delicious!

  46. Have you an idea what I could substitute for the oatmeal? We have allergy issues with oats.


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