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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 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 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."

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."

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.""

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?"

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