Our apple crumble cheesecake recipe features a crunchy graham cracker crust, silky cheesecake filling with a hint of cinnamon and an easy apple crumble topping! This autumn-inspired dessert is the ultimate showstopper and perfect for your next holiday gathering!
We’re celebrating the first days of apple season with this cozy apple crumble cheesecake! Velvety cheesecake, tart apples and a crunchy streusel topping, this apple crumble cheesecake recipe is the perfect baking project for the first weekends of fall.
Recipe Ingredient Notes
Here are the key ingredients in our apple crumble cheesecake:
- Graham cracker crumbs. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until they reach a fine, sand-like consistency. Alternatively, you can use digestive biscuits or gingersnap cookies.
- Cream cheese. Make sure to buy full-fat cream cheese and let it come to room temperature before using. Philadelphia cream cheese or any other brand of full-fat cream cheese will work well.
- Sour cream. Sour cream adds a subtle tangy flavor and ensures our cheesecake isn’t overly heavy.
- Eggs. The eggs should be incorporated one at a time, mixing each until just combined. Avoid overmixing, which can lead to a denser, less creamy texture.
- Apples. We always opt for Granny Smith apples because they have a beautiful tartness and hold up well during baking.
- Maple syrup. Pure maple syrup is mixed with the apples to add a rich, caramel-like sweetness to the apple crumble topping.
- Cinnamon. A bit of cinnamon is incorporated into every layer of this apple crumble cheesecake recipe to impart warm and cozy autumn flavor!
Step by Step Instructions
We’ll start off with our favorite cheesecake recipe. The crust is made with crushed graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. Although if you wanted to add a little more fall flavor, you could switch out the graham crackers for gingersnaps or your favorite crispy spice cookies.
As for the cheesecake filling itself, it’s light and creamy, not overly sweet and spiced with just a bit of cinnamon! You’ll need a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan for this apple crumble cheesecake recipe. Springform pans have sides that unfasten with a latch, which makes removing the cheesecake a cinch.
Apple Crumble Topping
Our topping is made up of two parts: spiced apples and a crunchy streusel. It might sound like a bit of work, but both components are super easy to whip up!
The apple topping consists of chopped apples mixed with maple syrup and cinnamon. Granny smith apples are perfect for this recipe as their crisp tartness pairs extremely well with the creamy cheesecake. But really honeycrisp, golden delicious and gala apples would all make great substitutes.
One quick tip: When transfering the apples to the cheesecake, use a slotted spoon to avoid getting too much liquid on the cheesecake.
The crispy streusel is made by cutting cold butter into a mixture of flour, rolled oats and brown sugar. To make this process easier, first cut the cold butter into small cubes. Then use a pastry knife, a pair of forks or even your hands to work the mixture together until it begins forming clumps. Sprinkle the streusel over the apples and your apple crumble cheesecake is ready to bake!
Baking Apple Crumble Cheesecake
To recap, this cheesecake can be assembled in four easy steps.
- Prebake the crust for 10 minutes and let it cool to room temperature.
- Pour in the cheesecake filling.
- Add a layer of spiced chopped apples.
- Sprinkle the streusel over the top and bake!
When it comes to bake time, this apple crumble cheesecake generally takes about 75 minutes in the oven. But I would recommend to start checking at the hour mark and go up to an hour and a half if necessary. Only bake longer if absolutely necessary! The cheesecake should be set around the edges, but still quite jiggly in the center. Make sure not to overbake to avoid a dry texture.
Expert Tips & Tricks
- It’s all about the cream cheese. Use full-fat cream cheese in block form. Spreads or reduced fat cream cheeses just won’t hold up in this recipe.
- Use room temperature ingredients. Ideally all ingredients should be at room temperature to make blending easier, but this is especially important for the cream cheese. Using cold cream cheese will give your apple crumble cheesecake a lumpy texture.
- Don’t overmix the batter. When adding the eggs, make sure to mix until just incorporated. Overmixing the eggs into the batter can add too much air, which may cause the cheesecake to deflate a bit during baking.
- Let the cheesecake cool at room temperature before transfering to the refrigerator. Because it will also need an additional six hours in the fridge, this cheesecake is best baked a day in advance.
Apple Crumble Cheesecake: FAQs
My favorite apples for this recipe are Granny Smith for their tart flavor. A few other great options that hold up well during baking are Honeycrisp and Pink Lady.
Yes! You can use greek yogurt instead of sour cream using the same measurements.
Your cheesecake is ready when the outer edge is set, but the center still jiggles when moved. If you really want to be sure, you can use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature. The cheesecake is ready to come out of the oven when it reads about 145-150F (63-65C) at the center.
We want our cheesecake to have a crispy crumble topping, so we do not use a water bath for this recipe. As long you bake your cheesecake at a low temperature and don’t let your cheesecake overcook, water baths aren’t necessary for a deliciously creamy cheesecake filling.
The cheesecake should cool to room temperature for about 2 hours. Then transfer the cheesecake to the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving.
Storage and Freezing Instructions
Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
This apple crumble cheesecake can also be frozen for several months, but the texture will be slightly changed. To freeze, wrap in a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil.
- Switch up the crust. There are lots of crushed cookies that would work well with this apple crumble cheesecake recipe. Gingersnaps, digestive biscuits and Biscoff cookies are all great options!
- Spice it up! Add a little extra spice to the crust, cheesecake, crumble topping or all three! I recommend cloves, nutmeg, cardamom or even pumpkin pie spice.
- Experiment with different apple varieties. Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Jonagold and Braeburn are all great options!
- Serve with cinnamon whipped cream. Make homemade whipped cream and infuse it with cinnamon for an extra special topping!
For more of our favorite cheesecake recipes, make sure to check out these posts!
- San Sebastian Cheesecake (Burnt Basque Cheesecake)
- Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
- Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
- Toblerone Cheesecake
- Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
- Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
- Mini Lemon Meringue Cheesecakes
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