Caramel Apple Cheesecake Brownies

Posted on by on September 5th, 2012 | 41 Comments »

Today is my husband’s 30th birthday! Let’s all give a big Happy Birthday to Emanuel! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! With all the attention surrounding the pregnancy and the upcoming birth of our daughter (3 1/2 weeks to go!), he definitely deserves some love and attention. He has been the most supporting and loving partner these past 9 months and I am so proud to celebrate his life today!

I have spoken many times about how wonderful he is when our anniversary came around and how much of a rock he is for me on his last birthday. So, as much as I would like to go on about my love for this man, I will let you in on a different fact about him. My husband is the most indecisive man ever when it comes to certain things.

“‘What do you want for dinner?”,” Which dress do you like better on me?”,” Where should we hang this photo?” Questions like these are always answered by a blank stare and the empty answer of ”I don’t know, I hate when you ask me these these things.” And, even though I know this answer is always coming, I still ask. It was no different when I asked him what kind of dessert he wanted for his big 30th birthday. ”I don’t know.”  The anticipated dreaded answer. I followed up by asking what his most favorite dessert was. To my surprise the blank stare and usual answer was not what came out of his mouth. ”I like brownies or cheesecake. Oh and apple pie.” Wow. Three answers. Maybe at 30 years old he will finally be able to help me decide what to cook for dinner!

What most people would think of as a list to choose from, I took as a challenge. I was going to combine his three favorite desserts into one incredible culinary experience. I set out to make a delicious 3 layer brownie cheesecake pie thingy. A fudgey brownie base a fluffy cheesecake middle and topped with homemade apple pie filling, a crumb topping and then finished off with a caramel drizzle. Leave it to the mind of a 9 month pregnant woman, who left to her own devices, to come up with this creation. You can thank me (and my ridiculous appetite and cravings) later.

Though it took me a good 3 1/2 hours to make (Im 9 months pregnant and about to pop at any minute! I had to take breaks in between steps and sit down with a glass of water-it wont take you that long), this dessert was worth every minute on my swollen feet. Delicious, decadent and a combination of 3 amazing desserts, it was the most perfect way to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to my husband.


Caramel Apple Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Beth Ebin
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 16
A combination of three dessert favorites; apple pie, brownies and cheesecake. This is one decadent dessert sure to satisfy any sweet craving.
  • For Brownies:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • For Cheesecake:
  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Apple Pie Filling:
  • 5 apples, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • For Crumb Topping:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into cubes
  • For Caramel Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  1. To make brownies, reheat oven to 350F and grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a double broiler melt chocolate chips and butter over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl adding cocoa powder and 3 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla and stir until combined then add the flour and mix until well until combined. Spread into baking dish and set aside.
  5. Next make the cheesecake by combining together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat together until creamy.
  6. Pour cheesecake mixture on top of brownie mixture and bake for about 30 minutes, or until cheesecake topping is almost set but still wobbly.
  7. While the cheesecake and brownie layers cook, prepare the apple and crumb topping.
  8. In a mixing bowl combine diced apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Toss to coat and set aside.
  9. In a small mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients for the crumb topping flour and brown sugar.
  10. Cut chilled butter into the dry ingredients until mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.
  11. Next make caramel sauce. In a pot heat sugar over medium heat until sugar turns to liquid and turns a light brown color.
  12. Remove from heat and add butter and cream to sugar and stir until combined and butter is melted. Set aside.
  13. When the cheesecake and brownie layers are almost cooked remove from over and carefully top the cheesecake layer with the apple mixture.
  14. Pour half of the caramel sauce on top of apple mixture (reserving the rest) and top the whole thing with the crumb topping.
  15. Place baking dish back in the oven and cook until crumb topping is cooked and cheesecake is set, about 20-25 minutes.
  16. Let chill completely before slicing.
  17. Top with remaining caramel sauce before serving.



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  1. Posted on: 9-5-2012

    Mmmmmm these look absolutely amazing!! Happy birthday Emanuel!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      I still have a piece in my fridge for you!!

  2. Posted on: 9-5-2012

    Wow,that looks amazing! And happy birthday to your husband!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Yael!

  3. Posted on: 9-6-2012

    Happy birthday to your husband! I’m sure these made for a fabulous birthday treat. 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thank you!! They definitely were a special Birthday treat!

  4. Posted on: 9-6-2012

    What a decadent and delicious celebration for your very lucky husband 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Yes, I think decadent is putting it mildly! These are so rich you can’t eat too much!

  5. Posted on: 9-6-2012

    Oh. my. god. Yes a thousand times yes to this recipe! Three awesome things combined. Ohh good luck with your upcoming due date!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thank you Emma! Who would have thought that putting apple pie on top of cheesecake brownies could be so wonderful?!

  6. Posted on: 9-6-2012

    These are making my mouth water! How fantastic and fall-ish!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Geni! Looking back at the photos my mouth waters too and it takes a ridiculous amount of self control not to go into the fridge and finish these up!

  7. Posted on: 9-6-2012

    Oh wow, you outdid yourself! These are beyond decadent. Happy birthday to your husband! I hope you are feeling ok during these last few weeks. What an exciting time!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Hannah! Im feeling good! As good as can be expected anyway with only a few short weeks to go!! But, these brownies do help with the uncomfortableness 🙂

  8. Imma
    Posted on: 9-6-2012

    Happy 30th B-day to your husband!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Imma 🙂

  9. Posted on: 9-7-2012

    Beth, what a fantastic “triple treat” – I love the idea of combining these three wonderful desserts into one and i adore the “layered look” with the dripping caramel on top! It all looks so decadent and I am sure that yóur husband totally adored his birthday dessert! Great pictures too – easy to imagine that this was one delicious dessert! Happy belated Birthday to your husband – now, put up your feet and relax a bit while you still can!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Andrea! The caramel dripping on top is just an added bonus! And, don’t worry I am resting as much as I possibly can during these last few weeks!

  10. Posted on: 9-7-2012

    Happy 30th to your hubby and what a treat to celebrate with! These brownies are incredible and combine my favorites of caramel apples, cheesecake and brownies 😉 Can it be my birthday too? I’d happily turn 30 again for these… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thank you so much for keeping me inspired with such delicious creations…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thank you so much for featuring these brownies!!! They truly are worth turning 30 over and over again for!

  11. Posted on: 9-7-2012

    This is such a great dessert idea! I must try making this soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks Chelsea! You definitely should try these, but be warned, they are highly addictive.

  12. Posted on: 9-7-2012

    Happy Birthday Emanuel! I saw your celebration on Instagram. Sounds like a nice party you had! I’m drooling for the caramel drizzling down the brownies… slurp. I can easily bite into this big chunk of brownies! 😀

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thank you so much Nami!! The caramel dripping over the top just puts these over the edge. SO good!

  13. Posted on: 9-8-2012

    You’re a genius! These are 3 of my favorite desserts, too! Happy birthday to your hubby~

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      If these are your 3 favorites then you MUST try them out Liz!!

  14. Mom
    Posted on: 9-8-2012

    Amazing as usual!!!!!!
    Happy Bday to the best son-in-law and soon to be Daddy!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thanks 🙂

  15. Posted on: 9-8-2012

    Happy birthday to your sweet husband! And what a wonderful way to celebrate. I love how you combined three desserts into one. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see what joy this next year brings to both of you (I know it will be a very special one)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Thank you so much Monet! We do have so much to look forward to this year. And, it will all be starting in just a few short weeks!!

  16. Posted on: 9-9-2012

    My other half is 35, and when I ask what he wants for any meal his standard response is “I don’t know… food.”. *face palm*

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news on indecisive men. 😉

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-9-2012

      Hahah I have gotten that answer too! Its the worst!

  17. Jo
    Posted on: 9-14-2012

    These look so decadent!!! I’m going to have to make them for my hubby! Tell your hubby he is blessed to have you! And Happy Birthday…belatedly!

  18. Posted on: 9-15-2012

    Oh my word !!! What decadence ! I have to share this……Happy Birthday to your Husband ! And congratulations for your new bundle of love !! Mary

  19. Posted on: 9-20-2012

    Wow, that looks just awesome!! I am making this for my brother’s birthday on friday, should be delicious!! 🙂 and of course happy belated to your Husband and welcome to the world to your lil’ one 😉

  20. sweettreats
    Posted on: 9-22-2012

    Do you have to store these in the frig? I can’t wait to try them.


  21. Posted on: 10-5-2012

    happy belated birthday to your husband!
    these look absolutely amazing! I’d have such a hard time sharing them

  22. Janice Foster
    Posted on: 10-5-2012

    This sounds amazing! I am wondering tho, when you say large baking dich, is it a 13 x 9 you use? I would like to make this for my family for thanksgiving. 🙂

  23. Posted on: 10-20-2012

    OMG.. these look sensational! Can’t wait to make them.. love apple pie.. love brownies.. & this combination works for me!

  24. Lisa Reeves
    Posted on: 11-18-2012

    I’m going to make this for Thanksgiving but I don’t see how many caramels you use and what size pan.

  25. lakeeissa drakeford
    Posted on: 12-1-2012

    I am making these today for a friend of mine…I will be giving her a disclaimer that they DO NOT come with a year long fitness membership…I think I gained 5 lbs just making them!!! I can’t wait to try them this evening. Thank you for recipe!

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