Caramel Apple Cheesecake

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

I get a little crazy sometimes. Don’t we all?

Case in point: my grocery store sells packaged caramel apples from late September through Halloween. They’re delicious. They’re covered in peanuts and I buy two packages a week. It’s so major in my household that my kids get way too excited on my behalf when they see them.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

But as soon as the end of October hits, my supply abruptly dries up. The first year that happened, I actually called the company. It was a pretty embarrassing conversation. They told me that they don’t make the caramel apples after Halloween, and I actually begged them to make an exception for me. I offered to pay them more. They very politely refused. And I hung up, realizing I just had one of those crazy lady moments.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

When something like that happens, the only feasible solution is to make a cheesecake. Cheesecake is always insane, so you can just be in that crazy place with your dessert. It’s ideal.

This one is a new favorite. It’s easy and the caramel apple topping is to die for. Plus, the cheesecake base itself is skinny. I usually make a skinny base because, let’s face it: even a skinny cheesecake is a decadent splurge.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

The caramel topping goes on in the last part of the cheesecake baking, and it’s made primarily out of apple pie filling. There’s also a brown sugar drizzle on top that creates a lovely caramelized finish.

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

You might want to be careful, though. During one of those crazy moments we all have, you might eat way too much of this cheesecake. So I shared quickly with all my friends. I just wish I could send some to the caramel apple people. I’d feel better about myself if they could just see that I’m not always a maniac.


Caramel Apple Cheesecake


1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 packages (24 oz.) low-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
21-oz. can apple pie filling
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a spring form pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the melted butter with the brown sugar and graham cracker crumbs until the crumbs are moistened. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, beat the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the yogurt and vanilla and beat again. Finally, add the eggs and beat until just incorporated.
  4. Pour the filling into the graham cracker crust and bake for 50 minutes. Do not open the oven door while baking.
  5. Make the topping. Melt the dark brown sugar with the tablespoon of butter until the mixture is smooth and liquidy.
  6. Pull the cheesecake rack out from the oven. Spread the apple pie filling evenly over the cheesecake, starting in the middle and working outward.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top of the apple pie filling and then, working carefully to not burn yourself, drizzle the brown sugar mixture over the cinnamon.
  8. Return the cheesecake to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  9. When the cheesecake is done, turn the oven off and crack the door for about 15 minutes before removing the cheesecake to cool. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely.
  10. Chill overnight before serving.




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I love buying caramel apples, too! It’s something that I look forward to every fall. But this cheesecake looks even better! The topping looks incredible, especially with that brown sugar topping. Such a perfect dessert for the fall!
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    1. Mir

      I’m so sad that caramel apple buying season is over, Gayle! I have to go all the way to the beach to find one at a fudge shop. But this cheesecake definitely helps!

  2. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    This cheesecake looks amazing! That topping looks so good. And I love that it’s skinny, cheesecake is such a decadent treat anyways!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, but the skinny doesn’t even taste like it! So it’s a worthwhile adjustment. Thanks, Stacey!

  3. Manali @ CookWithManali

    Looks great Mir! I have never tried low fat cream cheese, can you believe that? I go all out while making my desserts..haha..but I think it’s a good idea to use low cal ingredients for something like a cheesecake..they are way too rich in calories anyway!
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    1. Mir

      I usually indulge too, but cheesecake is loaded. And I’m a big fan of low-fat (but NOT fat free) cream cheese. It’s very close to the real thing. Thanks, Manali!

  4. Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love

    winter is coming… haha

    This looks absolutely divine! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      You are so right, Nicole. I’m not a winter fan either! Thanks so much!

  5. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat

    This cheesecake looks amazing. I love the whole combination of cheesecake and apples and caramel, of course 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Shannon! I can’t resist anything with caramel. It’s better to just put it on everything and stop fighting!

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Can I just say, I love you. Apples. Caramel. We share the same brain my friend!!
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    1. Mir

      The love is so mutual, Aimee! I love kindred spirits, and you are definitely one of them!

  7. Heather @ Shards of Lavender

    We can still be friends if I tell you I don’t like caramel apples, right? I have the hardest time eating them, but I love sliced apples and caramel! This cheesecake is something that I could go crazy for though. Looks perfect, Mir!
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    1. Mir

      Okay, fine. Sigh. 🙂
      You’re silly. Of course we’re still friends! Hey, more caramel apples for me!

  8. Mira

    I’ve been craving cheesecake, but did not think of the caramel apple combo! This looks amazing and I would like a slice right now 🙂 And I’m sure I won’t stop with just one slice ! Looks perfect! Pinned!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks for the pin, Mira! I had to freeze the rest to stop myself from eating way too much of it. I love my freezer!

  9. Mary Frances

    Wait, food withdrawals are crazy? Doesn’t everyone have those??
    This is definitely on equal ground with those caramel apples. Just look at all that caramel … I die 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I hope you’re right, Mary Frances! I felt really dumb harassing the caramel apple people. But they should sell them for longer!

  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    You just used my two favorite words together – caramel apple. I’m in! This cheesecake looks sooo good!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Trish! I love those two words, too!

  11. Isadora @ she likes food

    That is hilarious, Mir! I’m so sorry they didn’t take you up on your offer! This caramel apple cheesecake sounds so much better than a caramel apple though! And it looks so good too!
    Isadora @ she likes food recently posted…Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese & Thyme DipMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I love them way too much, Isadora. It’s not even normal. Especially for me, since there’s no chocolate involved. This cheesecake is a nice consolation prize!

  12. Tash

    Actually Mir, I think you are crazy all the time! 😉 It takes someone only short of a genius to create all of the amazing-ness that you do. This caramel apple cheesecake just tops everything. Amazing!
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    1. Mir

      Aw, thanks, Tash. I can deal with being that kind of crazy!

  13. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife

    Now this looks like a dream!! 😉 Give me a slice or two of this, along with my coffee, and I’m ready to tackle the world! Orrrr, at least my day! 😉
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    1. Mir

      Your day is a good place to start, Jocelyn! Worry about the world later.

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