Caramel apple cheesecake captures all of the flavors of the classic fall treat. Make this impressive dessert for your next holiday gathering!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
The flavors of tart apples and sweet, sticky caramel are perfectly balanced with the tang from the cream cheese filling. Add this easy cheesecake recipe to your collection of favorite apple recipes for fall!
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Chopped apples and caramel sauce are mixed into the filling, which is then poured into a simple graham cracker crust.
A spiced crumble topping adds extra flavor and texture and gets lightly browned when baked. Then, more caramel is drizzled on before serving to put this dessert over the top!
Be sure to use full fat ingredients instead of light or low fat options. Otherwise, the filling will have a grainy texture instead of being smooth and creamy.
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Apple Cheesecake Recipe Notes
- Plan Ahead: It is definitely ideal to make this apple cheesecake recipe a day before you plan to serve it. It needs plenty of time to chill in the refrigerator. This gives it a firmer consistency and makes slicing easier too.
- Cream Cheese: First, make sure to use a good quality cream cheese and let it warm to room temperature before using. Cream it for AT LEAST 5 minutes, since the longer it’s mixed the better the consistency of the cheesecake will be.
- Mixing The Filling: DO NOT overmix the eggs! Mix just until the yolk disappears into the mixture, then add the next. Also, make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl after the addition of each ingredient. This helps keep the filling nice and smooth.
- Preventing Cracks: Allowing the dessert to cool in the oven with the door closed is the only way I have been able to repeatedly get a smooth texture without any cracks. It’s an optional step, but well worth the results.
Apple Cheesecake Recipe Notes
Making caramel sauce for cheesecake
You can certainly use your favorite bottle or jar of caramel, but homemade caramel sauce is easy to make and tastes so much better!
Just make sure it’s cooled all the way before using it in this recipe. Make a batch beforehand and keep it in the refrigerator so it’s ready to use when you need it.
Storage and Freezing
Keep covered or wrapped loosely with plastic wrap or foil and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Or, freeze it without the toppings and add them just before serving. Chill the cake first to prevent ice crystals from forming once frozen.
Wrap the entire dessert in plastic wrap and foil, or wrap individual slices for easier snacking. Keep in the freezer for up to one month and thaw in the refrigerator.
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Caramel Apple Cheesecake
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 32 ounces cream cheese, 4 8-ounce packs, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup caramel sauce
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter, cold
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9” springform pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Start by pulsing graham crackers in a food processor until you get about 1 ½ cups crumbs. Add in all remaining crust ingredients and pulse until well combined.
- Pour the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared springform pan and using a clean hand or a spatula, press down to form the crust. Be sure to take some up the sides of the pan as well.
- Bake on 350 for about 10 minutes.
- Start by adding your room temperature cream cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer equipped with a paddle attachment.
- Cream until light and fluffy and you do not see any lumps.
- Add sugar and flour and mix for about 1 minute.
- Add the caramel sauce and mix until just combined.
- While the mixture is on low speed, add vanilla extract and the heavy whipping cream and mix for 1-2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add each egg one at a time. Allow each egg to combine fully before adding the next.
- Gently fold in the chopped apples.
- Pour the filling into the prepared crust and prepare the crumble by adding all ingredients into a medium bowl and mix until you get a nice crumble and sprinkle evenly all over the top of the cheesecake. (NOTE: you can also double the recipe if you want to add even more crumble to the top)
- Bake at 350 for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 200 degrees F. and bake for an additional 55 minutes-1 hour or until the center slightly jiggles.
- Once the cheesecake is done baking, crack the oven door and allow the cheesecake to sit for about 15 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Refrigerate overnight until completely set.
- Once the cheesecake is set, top with caramel sauce, serve, and enjoy!
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2020
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