gluten-free caramel apple cheesecake bars

These gluten-free caramel apple cheesecake bars have a simple shortbread base paired with a smooth cheesecake layer, fresh spiced apples, and a crumbly topping. Top with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce for extra sweetness. This recipe is perfect for any fall occasion and would be delicious on your Thanksgiving dessert table!

Let's make gluten-free caramel apple cheesecake bars! Gather all of your ingredients.

Whisk the gluten-free flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl.

Add the softened butter.

Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly.

You should be able to pinch the dough together between two fingers.

Pour the shortbread mixture into a prepared 9×13-inch baking pan.

Use your hands or the back of a measuring cup to press the dough into a single, even layer.

Bake in the oven for until the shortbread is cooked through and the edges are golden brown.

Add the softened cream cheese and brown sugar to a mixing bowl.

Mix for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and combined.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition just until combined.

Add the vanilla and cinnamon to the cheesecake mixture.

Mix until combined.

Pour the cheesecake mixture over the baked shortbread crust.

Use an offset spatula to smooth the cheesecake filling in an even layer.

Prepare the apples by peeling, coring and cubing them into  1/2-inch pieces.

Then, combine with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss until combined.

Sprinkle the apple mixture evenly over the cheesecake layer.

Prepare the gluten-free streusel by whisking together the gluten-free flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Then, top with melted butter.

Use a spatula to mix until combine and large clumps form.

Sprinkle the streusel topping over the apple, filling in the gaps.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cheesecake is cooked through.

Let cool completely and refrigerate before slicing.

Serve with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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