Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

There’s not much in the world of desserts that I love more than the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake. Give me any of those three on their own and I’d grab a spoon or fork and go to town. Mix two of them together and you enter the land of pure sweets bliss. But all three? Put them together and you have dessert nirvana. I have always had a huge weakness for the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, as well as for cheesecake, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I finally put them all together in a peanut butter-fudge cheesecake. Since then I have been ALL OVER anything that includes that amazing trifecta. Enter these cheesecake bars. A chocolate graham cracker crust holds a peanut butter cheesecake filling, which is topped with a chocolate glaze. Come to mama.

For as much as I love cheesecake, you just can’t beat the ease and simplicity of cheesecake bars. No worrying about a springform pan, water baths, long bake times or long chill times. The bake time is much shorter, which means you can get one of these into your mouth in record time. Plus, I feel much less guilty about grabbing three or four of these rich and creamy squares than downing a slice of cheesecake. A trick of the mind, for sure ;-)

One year ago: Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Three years ago: Potato-Bacon Torte
Four years ago: Cheddar Ale Spread

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Servings 24 bars
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 50 minutes
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
Course:Dessert
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle

Decadent cheesecake bars that are easy to make

Ingredients:

For the Crust:

  • cups
    chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 2
    tablespoons
    granulated sugar
  • ½
    cup
    unsalted butter
    (melted)

For the Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • 16
    ounces
    cream cheese
  • 1
    cup
    granulated sugar
  • ½
    cup
  • 3
    tablespoons
    all-purpose flour
  • 4
    eggs
  • ½
    cup
    whole milk
  • 1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 6
    ounces
    milk or semisweet chocolate
    (finely chopped)
  • teaspoons
    vegetable shortening
    (can substitute coconut oil)

Directions:

  1. Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and toss together with a fork until the crumbs are all evenly moistened. Press the crumbs into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack and cool.
  2. Make the Cheesecake Layer: Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter and flour on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition. Slowly pour in the milk and then the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  3. Pour the cheesecake batter over the crust and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the cheesecake layer is set around the edges and still appears slightly soft when the pan is wiggled. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack.
  4. Make the Chocolate Glaze: Combine the chopped chocolate and vegetable shortening in a small bowl and microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 268kcal
Fat: 18g
Saturated fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 59mg
Sodium: 130mg
Potassium: 117mg
Carbohydrates: 22g
Sugar: 15g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 8.5%
Calcium: 3.6%
Iron: 4.4%

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