Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars. Linda Larsen
  • 60 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: Serves 16-20
Ratings

This recipe for Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars is out of this world. A crunchy peanut butter cookie base is topped with peanut butter candies, then a peanut butter cheesecake, then a chocolate and peanut butter ganache. What more could you want? This is one of the best bar cookies ever.

What You'll Need

  • 1 (16 ounce) package peanut butter sandwich cookies (Nutter Butter)
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 (16 ounce) bags miniature peanut butter cups
  • 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter 
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13" x 9" pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour.

Crush the cookies and combine with 10 tablespoons melted butter. Press into bottom of pan. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove and set aside.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. add eggs, sugar, and peanut butter and beat until smooth and blended.

Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place, set closely together, on the crust.

Pour cream cheese mixture over all. Push the cream cheese mixture, using the back of a spoon, so it goes in between the candies. Rap pan on the table once to remove air bubbles.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the cheesecake is light golden brown on top and set. Remove and set on a wire rack.

In small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute; remove and stir. Continue microwaving for 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the mixture is smooth. Pour over cheesecake and spread to cover. Top with peanuts.

Let stand for 1 hour at room temperature, then refrigerate until cold. Cut into bars to serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.