Monday, June 23, 2014

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

I’ve been on a little bit of a cheesecake kick the past week or so.

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars

It started with these Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars that I made for And they were so good that I had to make another batch.


But this time I swapped the cookies for peanut butter cups. The unopened bag sitting on my counter said they wanted me too. So I obliged.

Graham Cracker Crust

It all starts with a simple graham cracker crust…

Cheesecake steps

Cheesecake bars are super easy. No springform pan. No water bath. No fuss.

After you prepare the crust in an 8×8 baking dish, whip up the batter, mix in cut up peanut butter cups and bake away.

Then cool and cover with chocolate ganache.


And top it all off with more cut peanut butter cups. It’s the right thing.

Peanut Butter Cups

Then, cut them into cute little squares and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

Like yum!!!!! These were so good and the perfect sweet snack size.

And you know what… this cheesecake comparison made me realize that as much as I love peanut butter cups, I think I’m an oreo cheesecake girl. But, I kinda feel like I’m cheating on my favorite chocolate candy.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

Servings: Makes 20-25 bars


  • Crust
  • 18 Graham cracker squares (1 wrapped package), crushed into crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 peanut butter cups, cut into pieces
  • Ganache
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 10-12 peanut butter cups, cut in half


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. To make the crust, stir graham cracker crumbs and sugar together in a medium bowl. Add melted butter and stir until completely combined.
  3. Using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup, firmly press mixture into the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool.
  4. To make the cheesecake filling, add cream cheese, sugar and flour to a large bowl. Using a mixer on medium-high speed, beat mixture until creamy and combined.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add egg and yolk, mixing until combined. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined.
  6. Gently stir in broken candy cups pieces and pour batter in prepared baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes, then remove and let cool completely.
  7. To make the ganache, place chocolate morsels in a large heat-proof bowl and set aside. Add cream and butter to a saucepan and heat on stove at medium high. Remove just before boiling and pour over morsels.
  8. Let sit for a minute and then stir until completely combined. Add powdered sugar and beat with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over cooled cheesecake and top with cut candy cups. Place cut side down on top of ganache in alternating directions. Try to arrange them to make it easy to cut into even bars without cutting through the cups. It may be easier to eyeball 4 rows of 5, yielding 20 squares. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  9. Cut into bars and serve.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

Maribel (Bruni's Boulangerie) said...

The best combination ever! Looooooove cheese cake, peanut butter and reeses. You are the best! Me encanto esta deliciosa receta. Gracias!! ????

June 23, 2014 01:30 AM
Izzy said...

Oh my gosh these look soooo good! I don’t know where to find mini peanut butter cups in the UK, but I could cut up the large ones.

June 23, 2014 03:44 AM
Marilyn said...

Thank you! After the last post with that yummy cheesecake, which yes, I made … it was awesome! Believe it or not it didn’t crack, so surprised! I think it was your tip about the center being a bit wiggly! It was perfect! Now another cheesecake one to try, thank you for sharing!

June 23, 2014 06:35 AM
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

I want to do a face plant into these! Holy yum!

June 23, 2014 06:36 AM
Norma | allspice and nutmeg said...

Oh my goodness! I too want to do a face plant in these.

June 23, 2014 06:41 AM
Cindi said...


June 23, 2014 07:19 AM
Mir said...

Cheesecake bars are the best! Especially PB cup ones!
I love meting PB chips into the graham cracker crust, about 1/2 cup. It gives it more PB goodness!

June 23, 2014 07:59 AM
jenny Flake said...

Cheesecake bars are the best! Love your combos here :) Hope you are having a great summer! xo

June 23, 2014 08:54 AM

Yum! I love peanut butter and chocolate so much. This is so tempting…

June 23, 2014 09:01 AM
Monica @ Mocha and Moccasins said...

These look delicious! I’ve never tried adding peanut butter and chocolate to a cheesecake, but I think it’s a must! The half Reese cup peaking through the top is adorable.

June 23, 2014 10:03 AM
Beth said...

These look yummy. I’ve made this recipe before using Rolo’s. They were the rave of the party I brought them to. How can you go wrong with cheesecake bars though?

June 23, 2014 10:05 AM
Our Food Stories said...

oh WOW!
looks so delicious!!

June 23, 2014 11:09 AM
mindy1 said...

Sweeettt :D, but trying to lose weight :((((

June 23, 2014 12:00 PM
Suchi said...

They look AMAZING! I might just have to try these

June 23, 2014 12:55 PM
Joanna said...

Yes to all the sweet things! We’ll have to try this recipe!

June 23, 2014 01:08 PM
magma said...

rewelacyjnie wygl?da:)

June 23, 2014 05:19 PM
Jiann M said...

I. want. this. SO badly. But I don’t have access to a kitchen for another month :'(

June 23, 2014 07:34 PM
Brenda Rodrigues said...

Yummy!!!! Looks so good! I love all kinds of cheesecake, imagine this..

June 23, 2014 10:27 PM
Hanna said...

TASTY i am plaing to make it

June 23, 2014 11:33 PM
KayleneP @ The Links Site said...

Yum I love cheesecake bites, you don’t have to feel too guilty when you have more than one!

June 23, 2014 11:44 PM
Kristin Lear said...

I will be making these but using nutter butters for the crust instead!

June 24, 2014 12:00 AM
anne said...

could i sub the sour cream for plain greek yogourt?

June 24, 2014 07:08 PM
Teresa said...

I would love to be able to pin this recipe but the image won’t appear with the pin! Not sure if you realized this or not.

June 24, 2014 11:03 PM
Nina Fitton said...

This look insanely good – peanut butter cups are like the main reason I go to New York!!

Thanks for posting – now I’m drooling..

– Nina
Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blogger |

June 25, 2014 11:47 AM
Greenwick said...


June 25, 2014 11:06 PM
Kate said...

@ Izzy: Asda has them!

June 26, 2014 01:03 PM
Feren said...

i wish i could easily find reese pb cups in my country, if i do, i am sooooo going to make this! love love love the combination idea!

June 26, 2014 02:47 PM
Gracie said...

I am in heaven! I made these bars yesterday (and posted them on my blog–I made sure to mention the developer of such a fantastic recipe!) and they are absolutely amazing. Peanut butter cups + cheesecake = heaven! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe! :)

June 26, 2014 06:45 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks guys!!!

Teresa- It’s working again now. Pin away. Not sure why it was so glitchy.

Gracie – So happy you made and loved them. YAY!

June 26, 2014 10:43 PM
En Pocas Palabras said...

Oh, i love the combination! It’s so delicious? Hope you have a great weekend, kisses from Argentina :)

June 26, 2014 10:46 PM
Filipino Food said...

Wow these cupcake and cheesbars looks scrumptious. I would like to eat this definitely. Thanks for creating this wonderful post :)

June 27, 2014 01:22 AM
Tracy | Pale Yellow said...

So yummy! It’s hard to go wrong with peanut and cheesecake and chocolate!

June 27, 2014 08:59 AM
Baker Bowden said...

I think the food gods may have answered my prayers. This dessert is calling my name. Chocolate… peanut butter… in cheesecake! ‘om- nom- nom

June 27, 2014 10:36 AM
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures said...

Yum! These bars look delicious!

June 27, 2014 11:03 AM
Sharon said...

Hi! How much in cups of graham crackers would 18 be? Also, what is your altitude, your cookies look amazingly yum, however I have the hardest time w/ cookie conversions at 6,700 ft ;( Thank you for your wonderful blog! I can still look, if it doesn’t come out right ;)

June 27, 2014 11:23 AM
Caroline said...

Oh, yum, those look great! i will make these very soon!

June 27, 2014 04:07 PM
Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

Craving these right now!

June 28, 2014 08:31 PM
Anonymous said...

I made the cookies and cream ones because I have a family member the can’t have nuts and they were so good! I don’t know if I have ever had “cheese cake” that tasted that good! This was my first time making a cheese cake anything before and I can’t wait to make another! Thank you so much for the recipe! I have to ask, did you make up that recipe or did you get it from somewhere? :) :) :) :)

July 3, 2014 06:08 PM
anonumis said...


July 23, 2014 07:12 PM
anonumis said...


July 23, 2014 07:13 PM
Bethany said...

Would this work if I did do it in a spring form?

July 23, 2014 08:35 PM
Saira said...

These look really amazing! I will have to give them a try. Thanks for sharing, and great pictures too by the way. Also, would love it if some people could check out my blog as well at and give some feedback!

August 1, 2014 08:37 PM
Joan said...

I made this for Easter dessert and just had to come back and say thank you! Bakerella recipes are so dependable, just perfect as is. Super delicious and this one is a keeper!

April 6, 2015 02:51 PM
Comment Pages

Random Sweetness
Bakerella T-Shirts
Show off your inner Bakerella with a super-cute T!
FM Media Survey