Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Have I shared my families big news with you? My dad’s wolf-pack recently grew two sizes. Well, two very tiny tiny sizes.

A few weeks ago my father found two lost baby Chihuahua mutts wondering the streets where he works. My father works in a very dangerous area where dog fighting is rather common, so he couldn’t imagine leaving these little girls to fend for themselves. He gathered the combined weight of 5 pounds of all bone and set them on his lap for the duration of his day and brought them home to meet his two boys, giving them a forever home where they wont have to ever fend for food again.

Actually, I give it 2 months before the girls are on the comfortably plump size. 😉 My dad has a way of spoiling his pets.

Needless to say, this girls were taken to the vet, medicated and walked about the local pet store to be primped with pink skirts and collars, sweaters, pillows blankets and even pink socks for their tiny paws for when the weather turns bitter.

Seriously, I didn’t have this much pink growing up.  However, maybe I was the devious one who made sure the pink tennis skirt was hidden in the cart.

Handsome and I have full intentions of going back for the unicorn costumes before it’s too late.

Photographic the girls has proven to be very difficult! So you will have to excuse the lack of puppy cuteness and just star at these apple bars instead 😉

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars


    For the dough:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • For the cream cheese layer:
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teas vanilla extract
  • 2 large golden delicious apples
  • 1/2 teas cinnamon
  • 2 teas sugar
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


For the dough:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender, or a fork, until the mixture is crumbly. (You’re going for a sand type texture with coarse crumbles remaining). Press the dough evenly into a 13 × 9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

While the crust is baking, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition, stopping if needed, to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.

Don’t over-beat the cheesecake batter, just mix until everything is blended well. Pour the cream cheese batter over the crust.

Peel, core, and chop the apples into pieces. Toss the apples with the cinnamon and sugar.

Spread the apple chunks over the cream cheese mixture.

For the topping:

In a small bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar. Cube the butter and using a pastry blender, or fork, create a crumbly mixture (once again, not smooth – crumbly) and sprinkle heavily over the cream cheese layer. You may not have to use the entire mixture – or you may – you’r call.

Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. Reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F for the last 5 minutes, or until cream cheese layer is set. Cool completely and serve with caramel topping if desired.

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  1. says

    Aww, that sounds like something my dad would do too. I used to come home to dogs in our garage – he’d be out knocking on doors trying to find the owner. Dads are awesome.

    These bars look seriously delicious! I don’t even like apple but with caramel and cheesecake? I think I could handle some apple.

  2. says

    Serve with caramel if desired???? It’s required! Look at those bars. They’re gorgeous. And perfect. And wonderful. I’m making them today; I swear I am.

    How sweet is your dad to pick up those little ladies and adopt them instead of taking them to a shelter. That is one big hearted man! I can’t wait until you’re able to take pictures of them in their little outfits!

  3. says

    Your Dad is a good man rescuing and taking care of those pups. I have a rescue dog myself, and I just can’t understand what drives people to do the things they do to these poor animals.

    I am in love with this recipe. I’ve been promoting any and all apple recipes I come across because, in my opinion, we foodies have for the most part bypassed apples and gone to pumpkin. So sad! More apple love is needed, and this recipe is a great contribution. Om nom nom! 😉

  4. says

    I have a special chihuahua at home and am glad your dad found it in his heart to save those two abandon/lost pups from the street.
    The flavor layering in these bars are awesome. Nothing here I do not like-delicious post.

  5. says

    Thats ok these apple bars sound so ONO! WOW! I can just imagine the puppy cuteness…I used to detest the little outfits on dogs and now that I have a bishon (mix) he is so prissy that he just SCREAMS to be dressed! Gotta have the accessories!

    I’m so grateful that they found a good home. I would like to officially abopt your caramel apple cheesecake bars. They look like they need my home!

  6. says

    Mmm these look presidential and I only use that word for the special stuff! Great story about the pets and I love dogs, I have a labrador but I like looking at your bars more :)
    Glad to have found your blog, and I’ll follow you on Twitter…
    Take care…

  7. says

    I cannot wait to see the puppies in their pink outfits. They sound SO cute! For now, though, those cheesecake bars have my full attention. They look delicious, Kita!

  8. says

    a cheese cake and apple in a bar! perfect!
    Tq for sharing the recipe kita… and tq for sharing the story with us…
    your father is a lovely and warm-heart person… glad to know that there’s still a person like like ur father in this world :)
    My little sister chihuahua is missing a month ago and just a week ago she being find by the neighbor … she is so skinny and looks so sad when the first time being found, but now she stay by my sister lap and don’t want to go anywhere :)
    Lovely dessert kita! u got my buzzed!;)

  9. says

    I keep scrolling by these bars in my reader. I have to stop and stare every time. Caramel, apple, and cream cheese? Perfect.
    Your Dad sounds like a wonderful human being :) His puppy rescue is just adorable.You will have to share photos!

  10. says

    Your dad is a great man saving those puppies, I can imagine the smile on his boys when they saw the puppies.
    The cookie bars look stunningly delicious. care to share :) nice photos.

  11. says

    you better share pictures of the dogs!!!!

    My boss makes these all the time. she loves cheesecake and I love these since it’s not too much cheesecake since the apples and caramel help cut that richness.


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