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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | Incredibly rich and filled with mini Reese's!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars #TwoSweetiePies

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 on a white square dessert plate

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.”Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars stacked on a square white dessert plate

Rave Reviews from My Tasting Panel

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.

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars | Incredibly rich and filled with mini Reese's!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Outrageously delicious peanut butter bars.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 39 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 9 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookie Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick), butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

Filling

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick foil. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. 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.
  3. When the crust is cool, cover bottom with peanut butter cups.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chill firm before cutting. Cut into 16 squares. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Store in refrigerator.

 

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23 comments on “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars #TwoSweetiePies”

  1. These look and sound amazing – hard to resist.

  2. Oh boy, no doubt they are amazing:@)

  3. Oh this looks good!!
    My eldest son just asked what I would be cooking him next. I may have found the dessert for him!
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

  4. Dear Lizzy, I do love peanut butter and I love cheesecake….these are just calling to me. What a fabulous treat dear! xoxo, Catherine

  5. These peanut butter cheesecake bars look so decadent! What an incredible recipe, Liz 🙂

  6. Ooooooh! loving these-can’t believe you do not like pb straight up!!!! These look awesome!!! xoxo

  7. I don’t do peanut butter straight up either, but I’m all about it in desserts, especially when we’re talking cheesecake! These look incredible!

  8. I love that peanut butter ganache topping, what decadent bars!

  9. A little piece of heaven on a plate.
    Amalia
    xo

  10. These bars look so decadent! I bet they melt right in your mouth 🙂

  11. These cheesecake bars look so sinfully delish, Liz. And he ganache drizzle idea is fabulous.

  12. These look crazy good, Liz I love peanut butter…..straight out of the jar. No justification for me to make these beauties other than…..I want them now! : )

  13. These look fantastic !! Love peanut butter 🙂

  14. Peanut. Butter. Cheesecake. I’m dying. These look TOO good… well, too good to share, anyway.

  15. By all means, this looks divine and not skinny at all :), A girl needs her fix from time to time .. lovely recipe Liz,

  16. Seriously, Liz, these look insanely good. All of the layers of peanut butter have my heart melting.

  17. Seriously, Liz, these look insanely good. All of the layers of peanut butter have my heart melting.

  18. Dear Liz, now these sound amazing – love peanut butter and love cheesecake and I can only imagine how wonderful these bars must taste. I would love to have them “tested” by the kids, and myself, of course.

  19. Oh Liz, you make the best desserts…this is another winner…my husband would go crazy for for these.
    Have a great week 🙂

  20. Loving this! I want to be in one of your groups. You feed them so well. You really have time to knit? What can’t you do my friend?

  21. My best reason for baking these would be “just because”. I would also have to ship them out of the house quickly. The Mr is not a peanut butter fan and if Gabbi were over she wouldn’t be able to eat them because of her peanut allergy.

  22. PB Ganache! You are speaking my language, Liz. Your drizzle is perfection….Still, marveling how you fit everything in…Knitting I hear is very relaxing =) Something we all need to do more often =)

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