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 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 slice: 539 calories, 32g fat (14g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 366mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g 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

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265595
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"Perfect for Sunday dinner desert with family and friends."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 264076
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

"I made this for my Grandson, it's his favorite at a local restaurant. He told me it's better than the restaurant's. I made graham a cracker crust, used all choc. chips & eliminated the topping. Definitely a " Keeper" for us."

Qcook48 User ID: 8674750 240145
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"I used 1c sugar and an extra egg and Graham cracker crumbs for the bottom. I skipped the topping too. It was the best cheesecake ever!"

chocolateformyfour User ID: 7643589 231720
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2015

"Everyone loved it. My husband said the flavors were captivating. Ground the pretzels very fine in the food processor and the crust did not fall apart. Also wrapped my pan in foil and baked in a water bath. Make sure water stays below the top of the foil so it won't leak into the springform pan."

fmmslkl User ID: 1630208 229922
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"I can't believe this won a blue ribbon. This recipe was very disappointing. I took this to a large get together and they just did not like it and neither did I. I won't try it again. I gave the recipe to a girlfriend; she tried it and her family didn't care for it. She ended up tossing it. Sad but true. The pretzel crust is the best part of the recipe!!!"

Amazels User ID: 8106418 48249
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"Wow. Not one person liked it. I never eat sweets but I had to taste it to understand. I think it is the sour cream on the topping, my opinion. Aside from that, probably coulda been edible."

mirmy User ID: 8064400 51819
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014


I don't even like flavored cheesecakes but loved this one. Everyone that tried it said it was the most fantastic thing they ever had- that it's their new favorite. I made crust with 1/2 pretzel crumbs, 1/2 graham cracker crumbs but otherwise followed it exactly. I used 1/2 regular cream cheese and 1/2 low fat cream cheese along with low fat sour cream for the topping. I usually make cheese cake with all low fat cream cheese and it's great so I'm sure that would work fine in this recipe too.
The recipe calls for crushed pretzels but I'd recommend just tossing them in food processor...takes 30 seconds and creates a fine enough crumb that crust holds together great. I think if the pretzel chunks were bigger it wouldn't hold together.
The recipe can actually be simpler than the instructions indicate....springform pan not necessary if you don't have one. And no need to push the crust up the sides of the pan. I used a regular round cake pan with the higher sides (maybe 4"??) and it was fine and put crust only on the bottom. Much quicker than bothering with pushing crust on sides of pan if you're in a hurry. I thought the first piece would be a mess to get out of the pan and it wasn't. I cut it and was able to lift out the first piece and it was perfectly neat. Also- freezes great. I cut remaining cake into slices and wrapped in parchment & ziploc. Can eat frozen or defrost and it's just as delicious as the day I made it.
Recipe says it serves 12-14 but this is a BIG cake because it's so thick. You can easily serve more than 12-14 if you need to. Everyone said it was very rich so small pieces are sufficient."

juicyfruit007 User ID: 1404522 31696
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"I made this with a graham cracker crust that included just a small amount of crushed pretzels. Couldn't take chances (after reading through previous reviews) because I was taking it to share at an event. Anyway, it tastes great, but the consistency of all but the outer edges was more moist and clammy and heavy than a cheesecake often is. Seemed underbaked to me, though I baked it for the time indicated and the center definitely appeared more than "almost set.""

RSteele001 User ID: 7878005 23080
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!"

jemarie71 User ID: 7846940 18910
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?"

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