Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars!

Sharing my Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars with you today! They are perfect for Fall and Winter baking. So simple to prepare and packed with goodness!

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Cookie bars are so much fun to make. Your options are endless! These bars are packed with sweet tart apples, cream cheese and caramel that make for the perfect sweet treat.

This simple little Fall dessert is gooey and “appley” delicious with warm soft caramel oozing off the sides. Hope you all enjoy!

For other delicious Picky Palate bar recipes try Fruity Pebbles Cookie Bars and Kitchen Sink Cookie Bars.

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I used a refrigerated sugar cookie crust for this recipe, however you are free to use a homemade sugar cookie recipe if you’d like.

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Tips For Softening Cream Cheese

There are many times I find that I don’t have a few hours to set out my cream cheese to soften at room temperature on it’s own. Here are some simple tips to speed up the process when you need softened cream cheese pronto 🙂

Did you know you can soften cream cheese in about 15 seconds? Unwrap your cream cheese and place it onto a microwavable plate. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. If it is not soft, you can microwave it for an additional intervals of 15-20 seconds. Mix it through; it may be a little cooler in the middle but the warmer sides may help it soften evenly and completely in just a minute or so.

You can also chop the cold cream cheese bloc into a few chunks, and then microwave it. This speeds up the process a bit.

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Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars

If you love caramel apples and cheesecake, you're going to swoon over these Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 Cups Golden Graham Cereal ground in food processor
  • 1 Roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough or 2 pkgs Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Dough Mix prepared and divided into 2 equal parts
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 21 oz can apple pie filling
  • 1.5 oz package Nature Valley Oats N' Honey Crunchy Granola Bars 2 count, crushed (I use a rolling pin to crush them right in the bag before opening)
  • 9.5 oz Kraft Caramels
  • 1/2 Cup half and half


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine melted butter and ground cereal into a large bowl; press into an 8x8 inch baking dish lined with foil that's been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven.  Crumble half of the cookie dough over partially baked crust.
  • Place cream cheese, sugar and vanilla into a mixer; beat until smooth.  Pour over crumbled cookie dough layer.  Bake for 25 minutes then remove from over.  Top with 3/4 of the apple pie filling (I chose to just add part, but you can add the whole can if desired).  Next top with remaining cookie dough, breaking off into little pieces evenly over top.  Sprinkle with crushed granola bars and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center.   Let cool completely then cut into squares.  Melt caramels and half and half according to package directions.  Drizzle over each bar.  Refrigerate leftovers.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Keywords: caramel apple cheesecake bars, cookie bars recipe, cream cheese bars

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101 Responses
  1. Dottie

    Just wanted to let you know I made two batches and this recipe rocks!! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Dottie Hussey

    Thanks for the quick reply. I just bought the ingredients. I bought the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Dough.The recipe calls for two of these packages. I bought 2 of the 17.5 oz(1lb 1.5 oz) size. Is that right?

  3. Jarinlie @ non diet mindset

    These food pictures are so clear that it feels like you can eat this cookie treat right off the computer screen! This is a wonderful gourmet cookie without all the fuss. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Shaina

    I’m making the carmel apple cookie and am a bit confused if you cook the cookie dough prior to use or not. Let me know, and thanks so much for your wonderful recipe!

  5. Jenn

    Just had one. Very delicious. You are amazing and uber creative! 🙂

    (They are so delicious I am giving away the rest of the pan before I sit down to gobble them up!)

  6. Krista

    WOW….these look absolutely amazing!!! I found your website off of Bakerella’s blog. I LOVE all your recipes and your website is so cute! I will definitely be checking back to see what I can find! 🙂

  7. coco

    so i tried to make these and i was really sad they didn’t work out. i followed the directions to a tee, yet it was all in vain. as a matter of fact, the pan with the caramel on it is still on the stove just sitting there! even after i let them cool completely they wouldn’t cut–it was just a big gooey mess 🙁

  8. Tanya

    Wow, these look amazing and best of all, they seem so easy to make! Can’t wait to try them.

  9. eaProtection

    Wow, sounds great.. and perfect time for apple season! I bet one could modify it to take fresh apples too.

  10. Stephanie

    Absolutely LOVED this yummy dessert…better than apple pie in my book! Leftover carmel is great for the homemade morning lattes, too! Thanks for posting!

  11. Dani

    I made these last weekend after spotting them in my Google Reader and they were INCREDIBLE! I made a few minor changes so that I didn’t buy things I wouldn’t have a use for after the recipe, but they were so, SO tasty. I took them to a dinner party and my husband and I were thrilled to bring the leftovers home with us. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Jen Kelly

    Oh this was sooo good! My husband loved it and so did I! I’ve made 3 or 4 of your recipes so far, just found the blog a couple months ago. I am a huge fan of your blog, keep sharing it with all my girlfriends!

  13. Polly

    These. Were. Amazing. I made them yesterday for our bible study group. You should’ve seen their eyes bulge when I told them to drizzle the caramel on top. I doubled everything, and put it in a 9×13 pan. Seriously, heaven on a plate. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  14. Christine

    I’m making these NOW. They look amazing and combine all of my favorite things — cream cheese, apples, caramel — Awesome!

  15. Wizzythestick

    OMG! I am already a fan of caramel apple pecan cheese cake! I love your idea for the crust. LOL Refrigerate the leftovers???!!!! In my house? You are kidding right? leftovers? What leftovers?

  16. Jen @ MaplenCornbread

    Oh Jenny these bars couldnt scream Fall anymore! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! They look amazing, i am saving this recipe to try soon! Yours boys are just too cute, they look super excited about school.

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