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Caramel Apple Cider Bars Recipe

For the apple-craving sweet tooth, these Caramel Apple Cider Bars are made with cider that is cooked down into a sweet syrup, swirled with cream cheese and spooned over a gingersnap crust.  Drizzled with caramel syrup, they're perfect for fall.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: apple dessert, easy dessert recipe, fall recipe
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $4.00


  • Saucepan
  • 8x8 baking pan
  • Food Processor


For the topping:

  • 3 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 cup packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 2 8 ounce packages Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • cup Caramel Syrup (optional)

For the crust:

  • 2 ½ cups Gingersnap cookies (by weight should be 8oz / 225g)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted (½ stick)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a small saucepan, boil cider and sugar until it is thick and syrupy and reduces to about ¾ cup, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, for about 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  • While the cider cooks down, lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish. In a food processor, pulse the cookies and butter until finely ground. Gently press into the bottom of the pan. Wipe out the bowl of the food processor and fill with cream cheese and eggs. Blend until smooth. With the food processor running, pour the cider over the cream cheese and blend until smooth.
  • Pour filling over prepared crust. Bake until the top is golden brown and the filling is set, 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg