I would choose Apple Crisp over Apple Pie any day. Doon’t get me wrong, is Apple Pie amazing? YES. I just like Apple crisp better. I think that the crumbly, crunchy top of a crisp pairs with apples so well, even better than a flakey pie crust. That’s why I always make a crisp that has double the amount of crumb on top 🙂
These Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars start with a buttery, tender shortbread cookie base on the bottom. On top of that is a velvety, sweet, and creamy cheesecake layer that will just melt in your mouth. On top of the cheesecake we have tart granny smith apples that have been tossed in a cinnamon sugar mixture. And lastly to top it all off is a crispy oatmeal crumb. These bars are seriously out of this world delicious and it’s a recipe that once you make it the first time, will become a yearly tradition….or at least it should 🙂
Storing Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars
These bars are best enjoyed fresh. This means that once the bars have come out of the oven and chilled in the fridge for at least two hours, then they are best. But like most people, it’s super convenient to make things ahead of time. You can absolutely make these ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until serving. These can be stored in the fridge sealed or stored in an airtight container for up to a week OR frozen and sealed for up to 3 months.
Layering Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars
- Shortbread Cookie Base – This dough can be prepared in a food processor. The important thing to note is that you want to combine the butter in the dry ingredients just until a dough forms. Over mixing or over pulsing (if using food processor) can result in a more dense, tough base. We want a light and tender cookie base. The flavors of the base are buttery and subtly sweet.
- Cheesecake Filling – The cheesecake filling is debatably the most important layer. The most important thing to note with this layer is that when you are combining the cream cheese and sugar that you do so until there are no lumps. This will result is the smoothest, most velvety cheesecake. The cheesecake itself is sweet, slightly tangy thanks to cream cheese, and fluffy.
- Cinnamon Sugar Apples – If you would like to use a different apple instead of granny smith, go for it! I do however recommend granny smith for the best results. Granny Smith apples are so tart and juicy which makes them the perfect match for sweet desserts.
- Oat Crumb – This layer might just be my favorite. Maybe that’s just because it ties the whole thing together so perfectly. I love a good crispy crumb on top of basically any dessert. The flavors are warm and toasty and go so perfectly with each and every layer underneath it