Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe
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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipe

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The first time I served this cheesecake, my friends all went wild over it. They were surprised when I told them the crust is made of pretzels. The pairing of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, plus peanut butter and chocolate, left everyone asking for another slice. —Lois Brooks, Newark, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 539 calories, 32 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 366 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine pretzels and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Stir in chips. Pour over the crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 15 minutes (leave oven on).
  4. For topping, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, peanut butter and sugar; spread over filling. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 5 minutes longer.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p25

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 539 calories, 32 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 86 mg cholesterol, 366 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"My first homemade cheesecake ever...Made this for the 4th of July cookout and it was an extreme hit! I did substitute half of the pretzels with graham crackers after reading the reviews. I'm glad I did, and next time I'll probably use only a graham cracker crust. Other than that, it was absolutely wonderful! thick and hearty! People came from the other side of the campground to get a sliver after word got around. Perfect!"

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"I've made this one a few times now. I do not add the chocolate or peanut butter chips. Instead of the whipped sour cream topping, I drizzle lightly a home-made peanut butter caramel topping. Also, instead of pretzel crust, I use Nutter Butter cookies for the crust (not adding sugar)'s delicious! The cheesecake recipe for for this is perfection, and it's a very addicting cheesecake. Got Milk?"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"With 2-1/2 pounds of cream cheese, this is one hefty and delicious cheesecake. My springform pan has never been so full! I always bake my cheesecakes in a water bath and did so with this one. I was very surprised to find it cracked slightly around the edge. The topping covered the slight imperfections. I thought by adding more butter to the pretzel crust, I would eliminate the crumbling crust commented on by many. It held together quite well, but my daughter and I didn't care for it. I will use a peanut butter graham crust next time. The chocolate chips gave it just the right amount of chocolate. I froze about half the cheesecake and just had a piece and it was just as good."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"I love the combination of salty and sweet. I topped mine with miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (the new really really small ones) for decoration."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"This was delicious and super easy to make. My first cheesecake attempt for my husbands birthday and it turned out great! A tip on the crust - just make sure the pretzels are crushed into very tiny pieces - if there are any large pieces it won't stick together. I added 4 large graham crackers (crushed) to the pretzels and it stayed together perfectly! Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly as written."

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