Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars Recipe

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Each bite of this cheesecake bars is filled with creamy goodness! Made with chocolate cookies and nutty cheesecake filling topped with chocolate ganache.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 36 minutes
Chill Time: 5 hours
Total: 6 hours 6 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

For Crust:

  • 36chocolate sandwich cookies,cream-filled, regular or double filled
  • ½cupunsalted butter,(1 stick) melted

For Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 24ozPhiladelphia Cream Cheese,(3 8-oz bricks) full-fat, softened to room temperature
  • 1cupgranulated sugar
  • ¼cupsour cream,or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1cupcreamy peanut butter,not natural style
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • tspsalt
  • 3large eggs,at room temperature

For Chocolate Topping:

  • ½cupunsalted butter,(1 stick)
  • 1cupsemi-sweet chocolate chips,heaping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished bars out. Set aside.

Crust:

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole sandwich cookie (cookie and cream filling) into a fine crumb. This should make about 3 cups of crumbs.

  2. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a large bowl. Press tightly into the bottom of the lined baking pan.

  3. Pre-bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Leave oven on.

Peanut Butter Filling:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed in a large bowl for about 2 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  2. Add the sour cream and beat until fully combined. Then add the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until fully combined. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended.

  3. After the 3rd egg is incorporated into the batter, stop mixing. A few small lumps can remain. Whisk the filling a few times by hand to rid any large lumps at the bottom of the bowl.

  4. Pour the cheesecake filling onto the crust. It’s ok if the crust is still warm. Spread evenly on top with a rubber spatula or back of a spoon. (It will seem like a thick layer of cheesecake filling; that’s ok.)

  5. Bake for 35 to 38 minutes or until the cheesecake appears set on top and the edges are browned. The edges may slightly crack. The bars will be puffy but will sink slightly down as they cool.

  6. Place pan on a wire rack. Cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 hours (and up to 1 day) before topping with chocolate.

Chocolate Topping:

  1. Cut the butter into tablespoon-size pieces. Place into a heat-proof bowl. Pour chocolate chips on top. Place in the microwave and melt in 30 second increments until smooth, stopping and stirring after each.

  2. Let the mixture cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then pour and spread evenly over chilled cheesecake bars.

  3. The cheesecake bars usually have a lip around the border since the center slightly sinks down, spread the chocolate topping, stopping around the border/lip. If they don’t have a raised lip around the edges, spread the filling evenly all over the top.

  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 45 to 60 minutes or in the freezer for 30 minutes until the chocolate topping has set. Chocolate topping must be completely set and solid on top of the cheesecake bars before slicing.

  5. To slice, lift the bars out of the pan as a whole using the parchment overhang on the sides. Cut into squares with a sharp knife.

  6. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • If you’re in a rush, place cheesecake in the freezer for 2 hours (or until chilled throughout.)
  • If you plan to chill the bars for longer than a few hours, loosely cover with aluminum foil after 3 to 4 hours of chilling.
  • If chilling the cheesecake bars topped with chocolate ganache for longer than 1 hour, loosely cover with aluminum foil after 1 hour of chilling.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 393.49kcal
  • Fat: 29.57g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.21g
  • Trans Fat: 0.34g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.96g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.89g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.41g
  • Fiber: 1.48g
  • Sugar: 21.72g
  • Protein: 6.22g
  • Cholesterol: 76.02mg
  • Sodium: 199.19mg
  • Calcium: 47.65mg
  • Potassium: 182.24mg
  • Iron: 2.83mg
  • Vitamin A: 182.85µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.02mg
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