I think the first time I had an apple pie topped cheesecake was at Cheesecake Factory years ago. It was truly one of the greatest desserts ever, lol. Today we have Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars for you guys. I turned them into bars because I like how this can be made in a baking dish. They can be broken down into more servings and there’s no need to worry about a water bath situation! These bars freeze really well, therefore you can make them up to a month ahead of time, cut them up and store them in the freezer for random snacking!
These apple pie cheesecake bars are very easy to make. They start with a basic butter, sugar and nilla wafer crumb crust which gets mixed together and pressed into the bottom of the baking dish. The filling is from our New York Style cheesecake recipe and really easy to bring together. The cheesecake is super rich and creamy with a slight tangy flavor, therefore balancing all the flavors out.
The apple pie filling is equally simple and the apples, brown sugar, tapioca starch (or cornstarch), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt are all tossed together and gently pressed into the cheesecake filling. Finally the recipe is topped off with a deliciously sweet and crumbly streusel topping filled with sugar, rolled oats, a little flour, and butter. It’s sprinkled over the apple pie filling therefore creating a tasty, sweet and textured crust over the whole dessert. Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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Streusel Topped Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
Nilla wafer crust
- 12 ounces nilla wafers, crushed into a fine powder
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- ½ NY cheesecake filling recipe
apple pie filling
- 2 golden delicious apples peeled, cored and diced
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup superfine sugar
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Pour wafer crumbs and butter into a mixing bowl and mix together until all crumbs are well coated. Press mixture into the bottom of a parchment lined 8”x 8” baking dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Make cheesecake filling and pour over crust, smoothing the surface.
- Place all of the apple pie ingredients into a mixing bowl and toss together until completely mixed. Pour mixture over the cheesecake filling and smooth the surface.
- Place the sugar, oats and flour into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the butter and cut into the mixture using a pastry knife until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the apple pie mixture.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through completely.
- Allow the cheesecake to cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Cut cheesecake into bars and serve.
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I made this last night though I opted to add white chocolate to the cheesecake batter and and then top with fresh raspberries, homemade raspberry coulis, and shaved white chocolate instead. (Friend’s birthday and her favorite) I felt the 12 oz of nilla wafers was way too much for the amount of filling so I only used about half or a little more than half. Still a little too thick on crust but good nonetheless. Next time I would make more than 1/2 the NY cheesecake batter recipe. These bars were awesome but a little thin on the cheesecake. I am not sure why the parchment was necesaary. I won’t be using it next time.
Looking forward to trying with the apple topping. A keeper…as a recipe
So good! But I do think the streusel could take a few nuts (walnuts?)
Teri Lyn Fisher
Ohhhh I love this idea!
These looks so good,always looking for a new recipe to try.
That’s looks so yummy! :)
Congrats on your engagement too! :)
um….yum! anything + streusel is a winner :) cant wait to try!
Robin | CaliGirl Cooking
These look so good! I plan on making them for the holidays!