Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on May 28, 2014

 Delicious Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are so good, you’ll want to keep some to yourself! With layers of graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake, and cookie dough, these bars are packed with peanut butter morsels and Reese’s miniature PB cups!

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and perfect!

 Last weekend we had a spur of the moment get together with neighbors. Surprisingly, everyone we invited showed up!

Isn’t that the way it always works. You plan these big get togethers and parties and people cancel or have other plans. But you plan nothing, knock on some neighbors doors, send a couple texts, and everyone shows up! And by everyone I mean 7 other families! Drinks and desserts on the driveway.

I served a big jug of this Lemonade Beer (perfectly refreshing all summer long, we’re quite in love with it)! It’s great for even the non-beer drinkers, honestly!

I also made a Banana Split cake…but you won’t see that recipe for another month. I’m having a Banana Split week on the blog the first week of July. Be sure to come back!

We whipped a batch of fruit salsa and guacamole too! Just in case people weren’t in the mood for sweets! The other neighbors brought some delicious dips (which I need to beg for the recipes) as well as a sundae bar.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and perfect! This recipe will be a favorite, guaranteed!

But one of my favorite treats of the night, were these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars. I remember loving these Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars so much, I wanted something that everyone would love.

And peanut butter seems to be the winner with my friends!

These bars have a layer of graham cracker crust. I always make my own crumbs by using my food processor, some sugar and melted butter. I find the taste of the already made crumbs (in a box) to be a bit off putting. But that’s just me. If you like those, feel free to use them!

I then topped the crust with 1/2 bag of Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups. Have you bought these pouches yet? My pantry if fully stocked with pretty much every version out there! I love them (I just saw they have peppermint patties now, pretty excited to pick up a bag of those minis)!

The next layer is a creamy cheesecake layer. I always use PHILADELPHIA cream cheese in my baked cheesecake. It bakes up perfect every time!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and perfect! This recipe will be a favorite, guaranteed!

I topped the cheesecake layer with a batch of cookie dough. Instead of using peanut butter cookie dough, I used my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe without the chocolate chips. I added peanut butter morsels instead. I didn’t want the peanut butter flavor to overpower the cream cheese. I topped the cookie dough with the remainder of the Reese’s peanut butter cups. This was the perfect amount of PB flavor!

Be sure you give these bars time to cool and chill. Make them the night before if you have time! Or make them in the morning and serve them for dessert. The chilled cheesecake layer is divine. Plus they are easier to cut after chilling!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars are so creamy and perfect! This recipe will be a favorite, guaranteed!

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 large bars

Delicious Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars with several layers of goodness!

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 18 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the Cookie dough:
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoon milk (I used skim)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 package (10oz) Reese's peanut butter chips (morsels)
  • 1 pouch (8oz) Reese's minis peanut butter cups

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crust, place graham crackers and sugar in food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs. Add melted butter and process. Pour into bottom of baking dish. Using the bottom of a cup (or hands), press crumbs down firmly until they cover the bottom of the dish evenly.
  3. Top with 1/2 the package of Reese's minis pb cups.
  4. For the cheesecake, beat cream cheese with sugar, eggs and vanilla for about 3-4 minutes until creamy and well blended. Pour over crust layer.
  5. For the cookie dough, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg, milk and vanilla, beating until well combined. Beat in flour, salt and baking soda. Fold in Reese's peanut butter chips. Drop by large scoops over cheesecake layer, using fingers to spread evenly. Top with remaining peanut butter cups.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until cookie layer is lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Cut into bars and enjoy!
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How to Philosophize with Cake May 28, 2014 at 7:47 am

Woah now that is one over-the-top delicious-looking dessert. Everything tastes better with cheesecake, even a cookie bar! :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I agree :)
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Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor May 28, 2014 at 7:52 am

I always love an excuse to get together with neighbors and enjoy some good food! I’m pretty sure I could eat a few of these bars for breakfast too!
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DessertForTwo May 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

Yes, that’s totally the way it works! When I go all out planning, only a few people show. When I decide to do something casual, oh so many people come!

Also, will you be my neighbor? And bring these cheesecake bars to my house every Sunday for Sunday supper? Please? :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Oh I would love to be your neighbor. I’d totally be eating YOUR food :)
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Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar May 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

I’d totally show up at your house if you had these bars too :) They look so yummy! And banana split week sounds right up my alley – can’t wait!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 30, 2014 at 6:55 am

I can’t wait for Banana Split week either!! I’ve already got 3 recipes made and ready to go, and I’m dying to share them!!
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Karly May 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

I wanna be your neighbor and drink your beer and eat your sweets.
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I want you to be my neighbor :)
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shelly (cookies and cups) May 28, 2014 at 11:04 am

Oh these need to happen in my life!!
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Sues May 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

I love random get-togethers like that! And these bars look absolutely perfect for gatherings with friends… Or sitting alone at my desk trying to work :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

Yes, these bars don’t discriminate. I can vouch that they are good with friends, or alone! Ha!
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Mir May 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm

If I’d been at your picnic, I would have eaten all of these. Shamelessly. Because they are that awesome.
I’d tell you to stop it, but I don’t want you to!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Haha, this cracks me up! Thanks Mir :)
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Matt May 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Peanut Butter and Cheesecake. Enough said. These look amazing!!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 28, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Anything with all those PB cups and layers of PB and cream cheese has gotta be terrific! pinned

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aimee @ shugarysweets May 28, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for pinning!!
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Alyssa May 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Your get together sounds like it had great food. I think these bars would be my favorite too, they look fantastic!
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Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction May 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Can’t wait for banana split week!
Love everything about these bars! Can’t go wrong combining peanut butter and cheesecake!
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Tanya May 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm

That is a lot of people over! I’m sure everyone enjoyed the food :)
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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 28, 2014 at 8:25 pm

These peanut butter cheesecake bars are making me dance with happiness!!
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Chloe @ foodlikecake May 29, 2014 at 6:08 am

These look awesome!
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Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness May 29, 2014 at 7:33 am

You just took ALL my favorite things and made it into one bar. I can’t even think straight right now due to the NOM factor of these babies!!
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Shaina May 29, 2014 at 8:27 am

I haven’t had a good cheesecake in so long, and definitely don’t even remember the last time I had one laced with peanut butter. Now I’m craving it. Must make these with a ll those delicious Peanut Butter & Co. samples from BlogHer Food! Pinned!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

Oh I love that PB&Co. stuff, delicious!!!
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Stephanie @ Back For Seconds May 29, 2014 at 9:45 am

These look so good! But I mean, how can you go wrong with reese’s?!
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Paula - bell'alimento May 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

My PB Loving family would go ga-ga over these.
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Marly May 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I’m addicted to peanut butter and these bars look incredible!
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

These look pretty fantastic and it sounds like a wonderful party! Banana split week sounds so fun!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets May 30, 2014 at 7:05 am

Eeek I can’t wait for Banana Split Week!!
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Krystle(Baking Beauty) May 29, 2014 at 11:45 pm

The only thing better than chocolate and peanut butter is chocolate, peanut butter, and cheesecake! They look delicious. Pinning to try soon.
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Chichi May 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

I wish I could just have a little bit of those peanut butter cheesecake bars. Looks so delicious

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dina May 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

these look yummy!
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Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen May 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

Aimee, these look amazing! Peanut butter and cheesecake and chocolate? Wow. The homemade graham cracker crust is pretty much essential when it comes to cheesecake. Yum!
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Mary Frances May 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

That is so fun! Yes, usually, half cancel plans … but the weather is getting so nice, people can’t help but come! I can’t wait for the Banana Split week, it sounds amazing! But for now, I am satisfied with this peanut butter cheesecake bar. It looks utterly decadent and the different layers make it so pretty too! Pinned!
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Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures June 2, 2014 at 4:50 pm

So decadent!
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Kirsten June 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

How long can these be stored in the fridge? I’m looking to make them 3-4 days in advance, if possible?

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margie August 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

I was wondering if anybody had made these bars. I want to make them but wanted to read some opinions first.

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