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

stack of bars with crust, apple cheesecake and crumble topping on parchment

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.

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?

stack of bars with crust, apple cheesecake and crumble topping on parchment

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.)

stack of bars with crust, apple cheesecake and crumble topping on parchment

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

stack of bars with crust, apple cheesecake and crumble topping on parchment

Apple Cheesecake Bars

5 from 1 vote
These Apple Cheesecake Bars are the perfect Fall dessert!
Yield 24 bars


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


  • Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make the topping by mixing all topping ingredients in a medium bowl with a hand mixer.
  • 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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Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

stack of bars with crust, apple cheesecake and crumble topping on parchment

Other Apple Goodness:

Crockpot Applesauce

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

Last Updated on May 13, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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!

  2. 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! πŸ˜‰ And seriously? Apple pie AND cheesecake in one bar?? Two of my favorite dessert! You are AMAZING and I love you!!

      1. You’ll be there in no time, Dorothy!! Especially if you have such sweet motivation waiting for you at home. πŸ˜‰

  3. 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!!!

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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