Caramel Apple Cheesecake

This post was originally published in 2012— we have since updated the recipe and photos. Consider this your reminder to make this caramel apple cheesecake because it’s SO good.

Here’s the back story about this cheesecake. Elsie has been raving about this caramel apple cheesecake that her sister-in-law, Katrina made a couple years ago. I’ve heard about the dessert multiple times. So, when I asked Elsie what she thought I should make for Friendsgiving dessert, she, on cue, brought up this cheesecake again.

I emailed Katrina asking for what I was sure was an old family recipe, and she sent me a link to a Food Network recipe from Paula Deen.

I adapted it to fit a standard size spring form pan, plus a few other small tweaks. Lots of guests enjoyed it but it’s always so hard to eat dessert after a big meal. It’s hard to leave room. So I sent a few folks home with extra slices. A few days later, a certain (nameless, to protect identities) guest mentioned that her husband may have eaten all three slices I sent home that very night.

So, my point is, this was a hit. If you like cheesecake, you should definitely give this caramel apple cheesecake a try.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter
2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 sour apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
caramel sauce (for the top)

For the crust, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Press into the bottom of butter spring form pan. Bake at 350°F for 5-6 minutes until browned.

For the cheesecake, combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and stir until well combined. I did this in my mixer. Easy as pie (hey!). Pour into your prepared pan. Combine peeled, chopped apples with a few sprinkles of sugar, the cinnamon and the nutmeg, and then layer those over the cheesecake.

For the topping, combine 1/2 cup flour,1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter. Mix together by hand until crumbly and layer on top. Bake the cheesecake for another 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving (you can make this the day before Turkey Day!). Drizzle on a little caramel sauce just before serving. xo. Emma

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author Emma Chapman

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • caramel sauce for the top

Instructions

  1. For the crust, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Press into the bottom of butter spring form pan. Bake at 350°F for 5-6 minutes until browned.

  2. For the cheesecake, combine the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and stir until well combined. I did this in my mixer. Pour into your prepared pan. Combine peeled, chopped apples with a few sprinkles of sugar, the cinnamon and the nutmeg, and then layer those over the cheesecake.

  3. For the topping, combine 1/2 cup flour,1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup butter. Mix together by hand until crumbly and layer on top. Bake the cheesecake for another 30-35 minutes. 

  4. Allow to cool before serving. Drizzle on some caramel sauce just before slicing and serving.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Can I ask a question/make a suggestion? Why isn’t the caramel sauce included int he ingredients list? It’s pretty crucial for a Caramel Apple anything. I saw it while reading the instructions, but if someone saw the recipe and wanted to make it and just took down the ingredients quick before heading to the store, it would pretty frustrating to get home and realize that a crucial ingredient was missing.

    • Thank you so much for noticing this! It has been added to the ingredient list. 🙂

  • I’ve been reading your blog for years, how did I miss this post?! Thanks for reposting!
    I think this may be the Paula Deen recipe you mention: https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/caramel-apple-cheesecake/
    But your home made crust and apple pie filling sound waaaaaaaay way better.

  • Do I cook the cheesecake for typical 50-60 min and cool in the oven?..Remove from the oven?…assemble everything (cake/struedel) at the same time and bake together for 30 min (from P.Deen’s recipe)? Thanks for your help!

  • Asara- Probably. I have never tried it that way, but I usually have good luck substituting the two. Good luck!

  • I made this for Shetland Thanksgiving (for my American husband) and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing such simple instructions. Louise x

  • I made this for Thanksgiving, and it is my new favorite dessert. It is so good! I love the pictures you took of it! I’m amazed you were able to cut through the delicious, crumbly layer on top so nicely. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • this looks amazing! apple crumble and cheesecake are my 2 favorite desserts… this is dangerous.

  • Yummy yummy! Looks so good.

    X

    http://kendra-genevieve-rose.blogspot.com

  • cheesecake was my very first baking love and i have yet to revist it in probably a year. today is the day!! let the thanksgiving hangover live on!

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  • this looks amazing! i’m responsible for our christmas dessert,
    this sounds just perfect for it!
    xo, cheyenne

  • love this recipe, I just got to figure out how to change everything to our metric system, no idea how much a cup is. But I have to try this out!!

  • That looks delicious! Had to pin it right away so I won’t forget to make this one day.

  • Oh how I wish I had seen this yesterday!! It would totally be on my table today. This is just going to have to be an after Turkey Day treat 🙂

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  • Ooh! This looks sooo delicious!
    Go try it this weekend!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  • Uh.. wow. I am a sucker for cheesecake.. May I come over and eat this? (:

    xo, Clare
    http://thewanderingelefant.blogspot.com/

  • Oh wow, that looks so wonderful!
    I think this is a must try recipe.. yum.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Weirdly, I bake all the time and even though I know it isn’t true my brain sees cheesecake and thinks ‘fussy’. But cheesecake is easy! Why am I so reluctant?

  • My brother requests this cheesecake every Christmas. I was just challenged to make it vegan; so if you hear that Paula dropped dead, I apologize.

  • Any Paula Deen recipe is a winner to me! I love cheesecake! and caramel.. and even apple on top of those two? Holy yum! This sounds better than the traditional pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Anything cheesecake related looks good to me!

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  • Oh man. Mouth watering. Do I like cheesecake? Is that even a question? Just printed this for sure!!! 🙂
    Rory
    http://www.wearaboutsblog.com/

  • Wow, I am now soooo hungry. I would like to taste it. Nice evening.

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  • oh no, a combination of the two things I love most, Cheesecake and apple pie. Going to try this out very soon, for sure! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.

    http://bravebrunette.blogspot.com

  • Oh my, this looks delicious! Makes me wish cream cheese wasn’t so expensive here in Denmark.

  • Sooooo ello!

    I just found your site while looking for photography styling e-courses. And OH MY WORD…I have been perusing everything from your wedding video to blogging tips to gorgeous crafts for like a solid hour.

    Hello new favorite blog…I think I love you 🙂

  • I found Paula Deen’s recipe for these cheesecake bars a few days ago when searching for a dessert to make for Thanksgiving. I was waiting for them to finish baking and decided to check your blog and saw this post. Great minds… 🙂

  • Holy heart attack that looks amazing! I wanna try some! If I wasn’t going to be so busy making cupkuchen tomorrow morning I might’ve given in and tried this!

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  • Pinned as always. Hope I’ll have some time to make this cake, I love cheesecake and it looks amazing!

  • Going to try to convince the boyfriend to make this for one of our Thanksgiving desserts! 🙂
    ❤stephanie

  • You’ve got to be kidding me. Crossing my fingers this ends up on the dinner table tomorrow! I have no oven!

  • Mm! Always gorgeous and I bet delicious! Gotta love anything with cinnamon and nutmeg!

  • You’re really making me mad that I’m allergic to apples! ha! Looks amazing, just like everything you create!

    xx Ashleigh

    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

  • Caramel apple cheesecake?! Great idea + looks so so yummy!!
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  • Haha eating all three slices is something I would’ve done! Looks delish, I’m pinning it!

    Kate acreativecookie.blogspot.com

  • Emma, I’m so happy that you and Elsie joined forces on this blog. Reading your posts make me laugh out loud and I feel like you talk like you write..which makes me more excited about reading. I’m going to try this cheesecake for Christmas this year. My family LOVES some cheesecake. Thanks to both you and Elsie. You two make me smile!

    • So I enjoyed making the recipe but were there supposed to be two separate baking times? It only says “cook another 30-35 minutes?” It ended up melting the crumbly layer because there wasn’t two separate cooking times and I followed it just how it read.

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