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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars {4 Layers}

This easy peanut butter cheesecake bars recipe is perfect. These sweet and salty bars are covered in chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, peanuts!

*Thank you Immaculate Baking Co. for sponsoring today’s post so that I can share this recipe with all of you. As always, all opinions are mine.*

These sweet and salty peanut butter bars will disappear off your kitchen counter so fast! If your kids or the adults in your household like that nice combination of chocolate and peanut butter, then you better make a double batch! You may also want to try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and or Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (No Bake).

Stack of Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars on White Dish

How to make easy peanut butter cheesecake bars recipe from scratch?

  1. Prepare dough– According to the box instructions.
  2. Spread it– In an oven-safe rectangular dish.
  3. Bake– And allow to cool down.
  4. Spread mixture– On top of the cookie base.
  5. Cover– With plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  6. Melt together– Chocolate chips and heavy cream in a saucepan, cool.
  7. Spread ganache– Over the peanut butter cheesecake.
  8. Drizzle on– Salted caramel sauce then top with peanuts, chill.
  9. Drizzle– Remaining caramel sauce over each slice and enjoy!
Stack of Chocolate Peanut Cream Cheese Bars on White Dish

Cheesecake bar ingredients

  1. Cookie Base– Chocolate cookie mix of your choice.
  2. No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layer- Cream cheese, Whipped cream, and creamy peanut butter.
  3. Ganache- Dark chocolate chips and heavy cream.
  4. Toppings- Caramel sauce, Salted and roasted, salted peanuts.

Variations for homemade chocolate peanut butter cream cheese bars

Try another cookie base flavor- Such as Easy Peanut Butter Cookies, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies.

Try a cookie base from scratch- Instead of a box mix you can also use a homemade recipe, such as this Chocolate Chips Cookie Recipe.

Add Reeses Pieces- This can easily be changed into delicious Reese’s peanut butter bars if you toss in some candy pieces.

Firmer bars- I wanted these bars to be very ooey gooey so I used a 1:1 chocolate and heavy cream ratio. If you want a firmer, more stable ganache layer (which I recommend), use 2:1 chocolate and heavy cream ratio.

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars- Instead of using a baked cookie base layer, simply use a graham cracker crust.

Slice of Caramel Peanut Chocolate Cheesecake Bar on White Dish- Closeup Shot

Tips and techniques

Don’t use low fat or fat free cream cheese or whipped cream– Because they don’t yield the same creamy results.

Make sure the cookie base has completely cooled down– Before spreading the cheesecake layer on top so that it doesn’t become a melty mess.

Chill overnight or at least 8 hours before serving- Because this ensures everything will stay nicely together and cut easily through with a firm texture.

Cut slices closer to the point when you are ready to serve– Because this prevents the ganache from melting and making a mess. I have noticed that if you let the dish sit on the countertop at room temperature for 10 minutes, it’s easier to get perfect square slices.

Line rectangular dish with parchment paper- To prevent sticking and make for easier cleanup afterwards.

Storage

Fridge- Store all leftovers in the fridge since ganache will melt. Eat all leftovers within 3 days.

Freezer- Place in airtight, freezer-safe container for up to 1 month, then thaw and serve.

By the way, I used Immaculate’s cookie mix for the base. My verdict: I couldn’t even tell they were gluten free because the texture was great and the flavor was amazing and so “choco-licious.”

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Chill time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 40 mins
This easy peanut butter cheesecake bars recipe is perfect. These sweet and salty bars are covered in chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, peanuts!
Yield: 12 Bars

Ingredients

Cookie base

  • 1 box Immaculate Baking Co. Double Chocolate Cookie Mix, Or any other chocolate cookie mix for your choice

No bake peanut butter cheesecake layer

  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 8 oz. Whipped cream
  • ¾ cup Peanut butter, Creamy

Ganache

  • 2 cups Dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Heavy cream

Toppings

Instructions 

  • Prepare the cookie dough, according to the box instructions. Spread it in an oven-safe rectangular dish (Dimensions:12x8x2) lined with parchment paper. Bake and then allow the cookie base to cool down.
  • Spread this mixture mixture evenly on top of the cookie base. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare chocolate ganache: Heat chocolate chips and heavy cream in a saucepan over low heat until there are no lumps and everything has melted. Allow this mixture to cool down so it’s not scorching hot.
  • Spread ganache over the peanut butter cheesecake layer and gently spread it with a spatula.
  • Toss some peanuts and drizzle 2 tablespoons of salted caramel sauce.
  • Chill overnight or at least 6-8 hours.
  • Prior to serving, drizzle remaining caramel sauce over each slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers and try to finish off everything within 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 735kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 22g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 287mg, Potassium: 488mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 690IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 735
Author: Abeer Rizvi

2 comments on “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars {4 Layers}”

  1. these sound delicious! like a snickers, but even better (and much better to bring to parties!).

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