Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

It's no mystery that this delicious apple cream cheese tart is simple to make from cream cheese, apples, and Panko bread crumbs.
Apple Cream Cheese Tart

Last Updated on October 20, 2021

apple tart

Apple Cream Cheese Mystery Tart

This Apple Cream Cheese Mystery Tart is a rich dessert with a surprising crust and filling.  It’s perfect for a fancy dinner, maybe Christmas. It’s no mystery that this delicious apple cream cheese tart is simple to make from cream cheese, apples, and Panko bread crumbs.

My friend, Cathy, invited me to a potluck Christmas party, but, what a party. This was a party for the Sisters in Crime, a group of women mystery writers. We were treated to the published authors reading their newest books.

When we originally talked about this, I was going to make Scrambled Burger Quiche, but I never made it to the store, so there I was with another mystery on my hands – what could I make that would be simple, quick, and stunning with what I had on hand.

I looked in the refrigerator and saw I had a package of cream cheese, 4 apples, eggs, and Panko bread crumb topping leftover from Cranberry Brown Betty.

Amber had made a wonderful Gorgonzola Pear tart for Thanksgiving, and that was what gave me the idea to make this tart. Mystery solved! Apple Cream Cheese Tart coming up!

apple tart

Apple Cream Cheese Tart

It's no mystery that this delicious apple cream cheese tart is simple to make from cream cheese, apples, and Panko bread crumbs.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty: Moderate
Newsletter: 2021-10-31
Servings (slide to adjust): 8
Calories: 468kcal


~~ Crust ~~

  • 1 package Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup Butter, 1 stick
  • 2 cups brown sugar

~~ Filling ~~

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

~~ Topping ~~

  • 3 apples, sliced thinly

~~ First Glaze ~~

  • ¼ cup Butter, 1/2 stick
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg, freshly grated

~~ Second Glaze ~~

  • ¼ cup Butter, 1/2 stick
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F / 162°C


  • 1/2 cup Butter
    Have ready a Quiche pan that you have greased well with butter.
  • 1 package Panko breadcrumbs, 2 cups brown sugar
    Melt the butter, and combine it with the brown sugar and breadcrumbs. Dump the whole into the Quiche pan and spread it all out bringing a bit up on the sides.
    Panko crust


  • 1 package cream cheese, 1 egg, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon mace, 1 teaspoon vanilla
    Put the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add the sugar, cinnamon and mace, and continue to cream until the sugar is thoroughly incorporated. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium speed about two minutes.
  • Pour the filling into the prepared pan, spreading it out with a spatula. Don't worry if some of the crust comes into the filling.


  • 3 apples
    Peel the apples, core and slice them into thin slices. Arrange the slices in a circular pattern on top of the filling.
    apples on filling

First Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Butter, 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
    Melt the butter and add the spices. Mix thoroughly, and using a pastry brush, brush the glaze on the apples. Be generous.
  • Put the tart into the oven for 25 minutes. Open the oven door.

Second Glaze

  • 1/4 cup Butter, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    Melt the butter and sugar together, and add the cornstarch. Mix thoroughly.
  • Paint the top of the tart with the glaze with a pastry brush.
  • Close the oven door, and bake another five minutes, or until the apples are shiny in appearance.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before serving.
    apple tart


Watch carefully for burning.


Serving: 132gCalories: 468kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 3gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 331mgPotassium: 215mgFiber: 1gSugar: 51g
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About arbpen

As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

2 Responses to Mystery Apple Cream Cheese Tart

  1. Amber Lewis says:

    The tart looks great, can’t wait to try it