If you’re craving an outrageous peanut butter treat, I’ve got you covered with these sensational Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars!
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
My friend, Danielle, has amazing peanut butter dessert recipes on her blog. I happen to dislike peanut butter straight up, but adore it in sweets. I love it so much that my typical super-duper willpower falls to pieces when I have peanut butter desserts in the house.
So I planned to make her Peanut Butter Bars and pawn them off on our oldest, after a bit of quality control testing, of course, since he would be dog sitting Miss Izzy for the weekend. I accidentally purchased mini Reese’s instead of the snack sized, but they were still extraordinary! Decadent with a capital “D.”
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I took junior sized samples to my knitting group and they were a major hit. I had never used peanut butter chips before, but the resulting peanut butter ganache tasted like incredible fudge. The base was a graham cracker crust which was topped with yummy peanut butter cups, then a peanut butter cream cheese mixture. After baking them off, the ganache was poured over the top.
Drizzling isn’t my forte—especially when I’m in a rush, so I bedazzled one with a bit of melted chocolate, but I’d definitely add it for company. These were a fabulous indulgence! If you’re like me and love peanut butter desserts, you need to rationalize a reason to make these. You won’t be disappointed.
Two Sweetie Pies
Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month. These were a major hit with my friends and the two other pb lovers at my house! You’ll love them, too.
Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites! Make sure to check out which of my recipes she made this month, too.
Graham Cracker Crust:
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick), butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- Snack sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (I accidentally used 8 ounces of Reese's Minis)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup peanut butter
Peanut Butter Ganache:
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup (6 ounces) peanut butter chips
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted
- Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick foil. Preheat oven to 350º.
- In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, sugar and graham cracker crumbs. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 9 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool. Leave oven on.
- When the crust is cool, cover bottom with peanut butter cups.
- To make the cheesecake layer, mix cream cheese, sugar, egg and peanut butter with an electric mixer. Carefully spread over peanut butter cups. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely.
- To make the ganache, microwave the cream and butter till butter is melted. Whisk in peanut butter chips till smooth. Mix in powdered sugar and pour over bars.
- Chill firm before cutting. Cut into 16 squares. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips if desired.
- Store in refrigerator.