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Creamy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

If you’re looking for a delicious, decadent dessert that will knock people’s socks off, look no further…

If you’re looking for a delicious, decadent dessert that will knock people’s socks off, look no further. These triple-layered peanut butter cheesecake bars are perfectly ooey-gooey and just the pick-me-up needed to boost your day, or to make an already-great day even better.

The ingredient list might look a little daunting, but we promise you it’s worth it. The bottom and top layers are made up of rich cookie dough, sandwiching a creamy peanut butter cheesecake layer in the middle. Top the bars off with an easy peanut butter chocolate drizzle and call it a day. We couldn’t wait for these to cool fully before digging in, but learn from our mistakes, these bars are absolutely amazing if you let them chill overnight – crazy rich and perfectly creamy. You really can’t go wrong either way though, so make them and enjoy!

Serves 8-10


Rated 5 out of 5
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  • Cookie Dough:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Cheesecake:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Topping:
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided
  1. Start by prepping the cookie dough: combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl, and mix together to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter, shortening and sugars for 3-5 minutes, or until fluffy.
  3. One at a time, beat in eggs, waiting until each is incorporated before adding the next. Then mix in vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually mix dry ingredients into the wet, then, once fully incorporated, fold in peanut butter and chocolate chips.
  5. Preheat oven to 350º F and line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  6. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, peanut butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy.
  7. Beat in egg and mix until just incorporated, then set aside.
  8. Take 1/2 cookie dough mixture and press it firmly into the bottom and corners of your lined baking dish.
  9. Top with cheesecake mixture, then gently “spread” remaining cookie dough on top of cheesecake, making it as even a surface as possible.
  10. Place baking dish in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until cookie dough is lightly browned and cooked through.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then place in refrigerator to chill. 1-4 hours, or overnight.
  12. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter chips with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil. Microwave at 30-second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  13. Repeat with chocolate chips.
  14. Cut peanut butter cheesecake into squares, then drizzle with chocolate and peanut butter sauces. Let set 15 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Inside Bru Crew Life

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