Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Recipe {VIDEO}

The only thing better than salted caramel apples is Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake! This is the perfect fall treat and a great way to use up any type of apples.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

I keep thinking I will run out of ideas for baking with apples, but the opposite is happening. The more I bake with apples, the more ideas start swimming around in my head. I hadn’t made a cheesecake in a while (this Cherry Almond Cheesecake was the last), so I figured it was time I introduce two of my favorites to one another. And salted caramel had to join the party, too. Of course.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

My new favorite thing to do with cheesecakes is to add a layer of gooeyness (in this case, apples and salted caramel sauce) between the crust and the cheesecake and to do the same thing on the top. This little trick sends cheesecake into a new realm of delicious.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

A couple quick notes about Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake:

  • If you can’t find salted caramel sauce, regular caramel ice cream topping is a great replacement (with a touch of extra sea salt).

  • Use a variety of apples (tart and sweet and everything in between) for a more complex flavor!

  • In my oven, this cheesecake took exactly 30 minutes to bake. You’ll be able to tell when yours is done when you gently shake the pan and the cheesecake jiggles uniformly. If the center jiggles at a different rate than the outer edge, put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.

  • I love the added cinnamon in the crust when using the cinnamon-flavor graham crackers, but you can also use regular graham crackers and add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture.

  • Make Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake as close to serving as possible and be sure to refrigerate until right before you slice and serve.

Please tell me you’ve already started prepping for this delicious cheesecake. You will love this one! Another apple recipe coming at you later this week (someone please send help)!

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Now, have you peeked at my new and improved Apple Crisp recipe? What about these Salted Caramel Apple Cupcakes? Go check them out! I hope you are having a great week, friends. Thanks for being here.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Yield: 8-12

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake

prep time: 15 minscook time: 48 minstotal time: 63 mins

Salted caramel oozes from the inside AND outside of this apple-packed cheesecake. Great for those times when you need to impress!

ingredients:

CRUST
  • 16 cinnamon graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter, melted
APPLE FILLING/TOPPING
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 apples (use a variety), cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup salted caramel sauce
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
CHEESECAKE
  • Two 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

instructions:

MAKE THE CRUST
  1. Either in a food processor or ziploc bag, pulse or crush the graham crackers until fine crumbs are formed. Add graham cracker crumbs to a large mixing bowl. Add the 1 cup of sugar and 12 tablespoons of melted butter. Stir until crumbs are moist.
  2. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan and up the sides two-thirds of the way to the top. Place pan in the fridge.
MAKE THE APPLES
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the 6 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring constantly. Add the apples and cook for 10 minutes, or until apples begin to get soft. Remove pan from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
PREPARE THE CHEESECAKE
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the pan from the fridge and pour half of the apples evenly over the crust. Drizzle half of the caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with sea salt. Place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, Add the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar to a large mixing bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer). Using whisk attachments, beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until free of lumps. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Pour the cheese mixture over the top of the baked apple crust and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is thoroughly cooked (the entire cheesecake will jiggle uniformly when done). Let cool for 10 minutes.
ASSEMBLE THE CHEESECAKE
  1. Pour the remaining apples evenly over the top of the cheesecake and top with remaining caramel sauce and sea salt. Refrigerate until ready to serve!
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