Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

 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

Yield: 24 large bars

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


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 soda
  • 1 package (10oz) Reese's peanut butter chips (morsels)
  • 1 pouch (8oz) Reese's minis peanut butter cups


  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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44 comments on “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Woah now that is one over-the-top delicious-looking dessert. Everything tastes better with cheesecake, even a cookie bar! 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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? 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. I wanna be your neighbor and drink your beer and eat your sweets.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. Mir

    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!

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

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

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  11. Your get together sounds like it had great food. I think these bars would be my favorite too, they look fantastic!

  12. Can’t wait for banana split week!
    Love everything about these bars! Can’t go wrong combining peanut butter and cheesecake!

  13. That is a lot of people over! I’m sure everyone enjoyed the food 🙂

  14. These peanut butter cheesecake bars are making me dance with happiness!!

  15. 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!!

  16. 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!!!

  17. These look so good! But I mean, how can you go wrong with reese’s?!

  18. My PB Loving family would go ga-ga over these.

  19. I’m addicted to peanut butter and these bars look incredible!

  20. These look pretty fantastic and it sounds like a wonderful party! Banana split week sounds so fun!!

  21. The only thing better than chocolate and peanut butter is chocolate, peanut butter, and cheesecake! They look delicious. Pinning to try soon.

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. Kirsten

    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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  28. margie

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

  29. tammy

    Recipe looks yummy however it calls for baking powder but when you read directions it says to add soda.

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