Fall has arrived, so take those fresh picked Granny Smith, Macintosh, Gala apple (or pick another fave) and try this amazing cheesecake recipe. This dessert is sure to impress your friends and is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, a potluck, or any holiday event.

Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers (vanilla wafers can also be substituted)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add melted butter and mix by hand.
  3. Pour mixture into a spring form cheesecake pan. Press mixture onto bottom of pan and approximately half way up sides of pan.
  4. Set aside (do not precook).

Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese on medium to high speed until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and blend until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time and continue blending until mixture is smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

Apples

Ingredients:

  • 3 apples (medium to large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel and core apples, and slice very thin.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.
  3. Mix well and place evenly onto cream cheese mixture.

Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine all ingredients. You can use a power mixer on low to medium speed but I suggest using your hands and work butter into ingredients until all dry ingredients are absorbed.
  2. Place mixture over the apples. You may have to press it into cheesecake to fit into pan.
  3. Top streusel with a caramel topping.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately one hour
  5. Add extra caramel topping after you have removed cheesecake from oven, or you can top it after you have cut and placed onto plate for a nice look.
  6. Cool completely and keep refrigerated.

If you would like to get a little more fruit or apple flavor into your cheesecake, you can place a layer of apples on the graham cracker crust before you put the cheesecake mixture in. You can also layer the apples in the cheesecake mixture. If you want to do that I recommend placing a small layer of the cheesecake mixture then a layer of apples over and over until you have reached the top. In adding apples, increase the ingredients so that you have 5 apples, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. You can also add extra caramel sauce throughout the layers if you desire the extra caramel flavor.