Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Recipe & Smart Balance Contest

When I think of fall, I automatically think of caramel apples.  I remember my mom melting a huge pot of caramel and dipping in countless apples for all of us to devour! Now that I have children of my own, it is a tradition I plan to carry on in my own family.  I decided to try a twist on the caramel apple that would be easier for my toddler to eat, and boy did he eat!

Serves: 20

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

10 minPrep Time

1 hr, 10 Cook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Apples:
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup Smart Balance Buttery Spread Original Flavor, softened (could be substituted with butter or margarine)
  • Caramel Topping:
  • 1 cup Kraft caramels, melted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Mix in butter with a fork until mixture forms crumbs. Press crumb mixture into a 9x13 pan, lined with foil and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Pour cream cheese mixture over warm crust.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together chopped apples, 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spread mixture over your cream cheese layer.
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, oats and Smart Balance Buttery Spread. Mix until crumbs form and sprinkle over apples. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until filling is set. Melt caramels and heavy cream in a microwavable bowl in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until smooth. Drizzle melted caramel over your cheesecake and let cool.



1557 cal


107 g


125 g


18 g
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28 Responses to “Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars Recipe & Smart Balance Contest”

  1. These were delicious!! A big hit for my Thanksgiving dessert. My DH is a caramel junkie so I used most of a bag of caramels and increased the cream to 1/3c. to make a solid caramel top (why drizzle when you can drown!), although it was more calories it was worth every bite!
  2. Kali Scurdy
    i made these for a new year's eve party. there were nothing but rave reviews. there were 2 people who don't like cheesecake - AT ALL - but they went back for seconds (& thirds) of these sinfully delectable morsels of apple crack goodness. thank you.

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