Crazy for Crust

98
Sep 04

Apple Cheesecake Bars

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

Apple Cheesecake Bars | crazyforcrust.com | #apple #cheesecake

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.

Apple Cheesecake Bars | crazyforcrust.com | #apple #cheesecake

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?

Apple Cheesecake Bars | crazyforcrust.com | #apple #cheesecake

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.)

Apple Cheesecake Bars | crazyforcrust.com | #apple #cheesecake

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

Apple Cheesecake Bars

Yield: 24 bars

These Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect Fall dessert!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.

Other Apple Goodness:

Crockpot Applesauce

Applesauce-Poptarts (3 of 7)w

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

98 Responses to “Apple Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  2. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on September 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm (#)

    Haha, I did squats yesterday with a Kettleball! And I pretty much can’t move today. These bars look amazing girl :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Me neither!! Thanks Aimee!

      Reply

  3. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm (#)

    Holy moly! These look amazing and are two of my favorite tastes in a single dessert!

    Reply

  4. Mom posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm (#)

    Great minds think alike…while I was reading I was wondering if you added caramel sauce. That and a little vanilla ice cream…WOW!
    xoxo

    Reply

  5. Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats posted on September 4, 2013 at 6:59 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness these look like they are worth TONS of squats…I might need to do some after just looking at these bars!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Totally! LOL thanks Julie!

      Reply

  6. Tieghan posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I made THREE pumpkin recipes today. It’s all I can think about!

      Reply

  7. Kathy posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Yup, that’s the reason I succumb to the kettle ball…

      Reply

  8. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 4th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Ah the elliptical. She’s a fickle one. It’ll be easier the next time around!

      Reply

  9. Amanda posted on September 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm (#)

    And now I will dream of apple cheesecake deliciousness al night long… these sound fabulous!!!

    Reply

  10. Nancy @ gottagetbaked posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am

      Ha ha!! Thanks Nancy!!

      Reply

  11. Ruthy @ Omeletta posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm (#)

    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)

    Reply

  12. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:02 am (#)

    These look so, so good! Hooray for the start of apple season!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 6:50 am

      I know. I now want apple and pumpkin everything!

      Reply

  13. Emily @ Life on Food posted on September 5, 2013 at 3:23 am (#)

    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.

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Gotta bulk up after a workout, replace those calories lost! ;) Thanks Emily!

      Reply

  14. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on September 5, 2013 at 3:54 am (#)

    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 :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 6:49 am

      I wish we could work out together, that’d be so much more fun!

      Reply

  15. tanya posted on September 5, 2013 at 3:57 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Oh, me too Tanya! A kettle ball just seems so…serious, lol!

      Reply

  16. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:53 am (#)

    Oh, Dorothy! These look amazing! Pinning! :)

    Reply

  17. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:42 am (#)

    I think I will just skip the squats and go right for the pan of cheesecake bars! I’m loving all those apple chunks!!!!

    Reply

  18. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:53 am (#)

    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:)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Thank you Mary Frances!! It’s my favorite crust so far, I think!

      Reply

  19. katie posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:09 am (#)

    um these sound amazing!!!

    Reply

  20. Amy | Club Narwhal posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      LOL – walking??? No thanks!! :)

      Reply

  21. Emily ~SoDomesticated~ posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:52 am (#)

    Delicious looking bars!

    Reply

  22. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:52 am (#)

    These cheesecake bars are worth a thousand and one squats!

    Reply

  23. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:56 am (#)

    Oh my goodness look at those fab layers! These look great!

    Reply

  24. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:59 am (#)

    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, :)

    Reply

  25. Joanna posted on September 5, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    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…

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Ha, ditto on that. Totally safer!

      Reply

  26. Holly posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:22 am (#)

    Dorothy, your amazing treats always have me drooling! These cheesecake bars look unreal! :)

    Reply

  27. Sara posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

  28. aimee @ like mother like daughter posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:38 am (#)

    oh my goodness, dorothy. yum. these look like the absolute perfect dessert for fall. and we all know cheesecake is great with everything. yum!

    Reply

  29. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 5th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      TOTALLY! Like, a big huge sign over the rack. :)

      Reply

  30. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on September 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm (#)

    Seriously I’m not doing squats but I would so go for these bars! :)

    Reply

  31. Dina posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm (#)

    sounds yummy!

    Reply

  32. Jackie posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm (#)

    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

    Reply

  33. Tahnycooks posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm (#)

    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!!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 7th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      Please do. That would be awesome!

      Reply

  34. Julie @ This Gal Cooks posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm (#)

    Mmmm. crumble. Crumble is definitely worth lots of squats! I love these little cheesecake bars, Dorothy!

    Reply

  35. Genell {Nel's Nook} posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 7th, 2013 at 11:58 am

      100????? OMG will you be my trainer?

      Reply

  36. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:48 am (#)

    Uh geeze. These look incredilble! And the kettle ball scares me. My arms are so wimpy!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 7th, 2013 at 11:57 am

      It scares me too, a lot! Thanks Mandy!

      Reply

  37. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:55 am (#)

    Wow, these look amazing. I remember when planking used to be the rage, now it’s squats.

    Reply

  38. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker posted on September 7, 2013 at 9:13 am (#)

    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!!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 7th, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Ouch!! Those classes are killer. You totally deserved a bar!

      Reply

  39. Amy posted on September 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#)

    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!!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 9th, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I’m getting there, lol!!

      Reply

      • Amy replied on September 10th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        You’ll be there in no time, Dorothy!! Especially if you have such sweet motivation waiting for you at home. ;)

  40. Alyssa posted on September 9, 2013 at 8:29 am (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 9th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks Alyssa!

      Reply

  41. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on September 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm (#)

    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! :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 10th, 2013 at 6:48 am

      Ugh, I hate changing the routine! But it’s so worth it. Of course, I tried on Saturday and hurt myself. Sigh. ;)

      Reply

  42. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on September 10, 2013 at 6:14 am (#)

    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 :)

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 10th, 2013 at 6:38 am

      It makes an amazing combo Lyuba!!

      Reply

  43. Pingback: Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake - Crazy for Crust

  44. Pingback: Fall Bucket List for Food Bloggers {Crust and Crumbs} - Crazy for Crust

  45. Tanya posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:57 am (#)

    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!!!

    Reply

  46. Pingback: Banana Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreo Crust - Crazy for Crust

  47. Lisa posted on September 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 16th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      I think you could use any apple, except red. Fuji or Macintosh or a yellow apple would be good too. I just really love Granny Smiths in pies and such! Enjoy!

      Reply

  48. Pingback: 60+ Amazing Apple Recipes! - Mom On Timeout

  49. Pingback: 75+ Apple Recipes - Shugary Sweets

  50. Terry Slattery posted on September 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm (#)

    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!

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 1st, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Four of the little squares. OOOH, how many translate to the crumbs? I so much prefer using crumbs!

      Reply

  51. Pingback: Cinnamon Spice Cheesecake Bars {with oatmeal cookie crust} - Crazy for Crust

  52. Pingback: 60 Apple Recipes | A Pinch of Glitter

  53. Marty posted on July 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm (#)

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

    Reply

  54. Pingback: Key Lime Cheesecake - Crazy for Crust

  55. Pingback: 40+ Must Make Apple Recipes | The Recipe Critic

  56. Pingback: Apple Tart Recipe

  57. Pingback: Apple Cheesecake Bars | Sweet NoVa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *