Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Valerie Published: March 21, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

Pretzel cheesecake bars with peanut butter filling stuffed with Reese’s peanut butter cups on top of a pretzel crust, and drizzled with chocolate.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For the Pretzel Crust:

  • cupssalty pretzels,very finely ground, about 3 cups whole pretzels
  • 3tbspgranulated sugar
  • 7tbspunsalted butter,melted

For the Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling:

  • 16ozcream cheese,softened to room temperature, not fat free
  • 1large egg
  • ¼cupgranulated sugar
  • ½cupcreamy peanut butter
  • 2tsppure vanilla extract
  • 10cupsreese’s peanut butter,chopped

For the Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1tbspcreamy peanut butter
  • ¼cupchocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8×8-inch or 9×9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.

Pretzel Crust:

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse salty pretzels into a fine crumb. Stir the pretzel crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together in a medium-sized bowl.

  2. Press evenly into the lined pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool as you prepare the filling.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling:

  1. Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract together with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and creamy for about 3 full minutes.

  2. Fold in the chopped Reese’s cups and spread the mixture over crust. Bake for 28 to 32 minutes or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned.

  3. Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut it into squares.

Chocolate Drizzle:

  1. Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir until smooth and drizzle over squares.

  2. Store bars in a covered container for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 1285.32kcal
  • Fat: 103.95g
  • Saturated Fat: 26.93g
  • Trans Fat: 0.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 48.20g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 22.28g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.99g
  • Fiber: 9.32g
  • Sugar: 26.97g
  • Protein: 42.23g
  • Cholesterol: 56.69mg
  • Sodium: 400.43mg
  • Calcium: 124.32mg
  • Potassium: 1042.99mg
  • Iron: 4.14mg
  • Vitamin A: 151.25µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.46mg
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