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REESE'S Peanut Butter Lover's Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Details

Time
5 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
16 bars

A chocolaty peanut butter dream world is what you get when you bake a REESE'S peanut butter cheesecake. Combine some of our most loved ingredients like HERSHEY’S cocoa, REESE’S creamy peanut butter and REESE’S Ultimate Peanut Butter Lovers cups to craft a unique cheesecake no matter the occasion. With a layer rich chocolate topped with savory peanut butter cheesecake, you can decorate this dessert with miniature REESE'S Peanut Butter Lovers cups for an extra delight. This decadent treat was made for sharing but make sure to keep just as many slices for yourself as you give away!

You'll Need & Directions

Prep Time
27 minutes
Bake Time
53 minutes
Cool Time
46 minutes
Chill Time
3 hours

You'll Need

  • 25
    REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER LOVER'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures or REESE'S ULTIMATE PEANUT BUTTER LOVER'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures (9.3 -oz. bag)
  • 6 Tbsps
    butter or margarine, melted
  • 1-1/4 cups
    sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER LOVER'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures or REESE'S ULTIMATE PEANUT BUTTER LOVER'S Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures for garnish (optional)
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 packages
    cream cheese, softened (8 oz. each)
  • 2/3 cup
    packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup
    REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1/4 cup
    dairy sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 packages
    cream cheese, softened (8 oz. each)
  • 3/4 cup
    sugar
  • 1/2 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2
    eggs
  • 1 container
    dairy sour cream(8 oz.)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

Directions

Equipment Needed 
Baking Pan Baking Pan
Refrigirator Refrigirator
Mixer Mixer
bowl Bowl
foil foil
Rubber Scraper Rubber Scraper
wire rack wire rack
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
1

Heat oven to 350° F.  Line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, extending foil beyond edges of pan.   Remove wrappers from 25 peanut butter cups; place in freezer while preparing and baking brownie  layer.

2

Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl.  Add eggs, stirring until well blended.  Stir in flour,  cocoa, baking powder and salt, blending thoroughly.  Spread in prepared pan.

3

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until brownie starts to pull away from sides of pan.  Meanwhile, make Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layer or Chocolate Cheesecake Layer.

4

Immediately after removing brownie from oven, place 5 rows of 5 peanut butter cups over brownie  surface.  Carefully spoon cheesecake layer over peanut butter cups; spread evenly.  Return to oven;  continue baking 25 to 30 minutes or until almost set.  Remove from oven to wire rack.  Cool about 1  hour.  Cover; refrigerate several hours or until thoroughly chilled.   Lift brownie out of pan using foil as  handles.  Cut into bars.  Allow bars to soften slightly before serving.  Top each bar with unwrapped  peanut butter cup or peanut butter cup half, if desired.  Cover; store leftover bars in refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Layer: Beat cream cheese, brown sugar and peanut butter until smooth and creamy in large bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Blend in sour cream and vanilla.

Chocolate Cheesecake Layer: Beat cream cheese, sugar and cocoa until smooth and creamy in large bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Blend in sour cream and vanilla. 

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