Apple Cream Cheese Bars are dessert bars full of sweetened apples and a cream cheese layer, topped and baked with oatmeal crumble. It is a cross between a cheesecake and apple crisp that will sure to be a crowd favorite. Try my Apple Crisp for another apple dessert favorite!

Apple Cream Cheese Bars Recipe on White Plate with Bite Missing Showing Gooey Inside

Apple Cream Cheese Bars

These Apple Cream Cheese Bars are delicious with or without the caramel drizzle. If you want more of the caramel apple pie flavor, add some caramel to the top. Or, just enjoy them as-is for a sweet apple dessert or treat.

Overhead View of Apple Cream Cheese Bars in White Casserole Pan with Blue Napkin Underneath

What Kind of Apple is Best for These Bars?

I used Granny Smith apples for the recipe because they remain firm when baking. They won’t turn to mush and they tend to retain their shape when baked.

A few other options you could try would be Honeycrisp apples, Braeburn, or Pink Lady apples.

Adding Apples to Apple Cream Cheese Bars in White Casserole Pan

How to Freeze

To freeze these bars, allow them to cool completely after baking. Then store them in an airtight freezer-safe container. If stored properly, these will last up to three months. Be sure to label and date your container. Allow the bars to thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

Fork Taking a Bite out of Apple Cream Cheese Bars on White Plate

How to Store

Once you taste the sweet and creamy layers of these bars, they will not last long! However, if you make them ahead of time, they will last in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days.

One Apple Cream Cheese Bar on White Plate Very Close Showing the Apples and Cream Cheese Layers

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4.85 from 13 votes

Apple Cream Cheese Bars

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Apple Cream Cheese Bars are dessert bars full of sweetened apples and a cream cheese layer, topped and baked with oatmeal crumble and drizzled with caramel sauce.



  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (400 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (80 g) quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • cups (3 sticks / 340 g) unsalted butter, melted

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Apple Mixture

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Caramel topping, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Pour melted butter over the mixture and mix together until crumbly.
  • Measure out 2 cups of the mixture, and set aside to reserve for topping.
  • Pour the remaining mixture into the prepared baking dish. Press firmly to the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • In a large bowl, add cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  • With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated into the mixture. Set aside.

Apple Mixture

  • In a large bowl, combine apples, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.


  • Arrange the apple mixture evenly on top of the cooked crust.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the top of the apples.
  • Crumble the reserved oat mixture over the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let come to room temperature before placing in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Drizzle with caramel topping when you are ready to serve (optional).

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Reader Comments

  1. I love to bake, just made fresh apple bread. with caramel glaze. very good
    can’t wait to try some of your recipes

  2. These ALL sound so good . I need to get baking , but give most everything away !!!! I don’t need all those calories !!! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes !!!

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