Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe
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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

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I said I'd bring dessert to a holiday party and tried this recipe. I'm sure you'll agree it tastes as luscious as it looks! —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup crushed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, divided
  • 6 peanut butter cups, cut into small wedges


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar, cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat peanut butter on high for 30 seconds or until softened. Spread over crust to within 1 in. of edges.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour 1 cup into a bowl; set aside. Pour remaining filling over peanut butter layer.
  4. In a microwave, heat 1/4 cup fudge topping on high for 30 seconds or until thin; fold into reserved cream cheese mixture. Carefully pour over filling; cut through with a knife to swirl.
  5. Return pan to baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
  6. Microwave remaining fudge topping for 30 seconds or until warmed; spread over cheesecake. Garnish with peanut butter cups. Refrigerate overnight. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p20

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Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"I make this for many charity auctions it's a big ticket item. The most it has sold for is S295"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"Yummy!!! I just made this for a Christmas party. I did add some creamy PB to the main batter, after removing the cup that is mixed with the fudge. I also replaced some of the graham cracker crumbs for more oreo crumbs, just to make it a little more chocolatey. I had no problem with too much batter as one review stated and I used a 9" springform. So delicious - one of my new favorites!!"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"I made a few substitutions which created a lovely taste sensation. First, I made a crushed pretzel thins and butter crust. Second, I substituted 1/4 C caramel ice cream topping and 1/4 C chocolate syrup for the reserved 1 C filling in place of the fudge topping. Finally, I chopped 4 Reese's cups and put them IN the vanilla batter. None on top. Did it turn out? You bet it did and it was fabulous."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"wow! made this for my daughter n love:) birthday!! she loved it!"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2015

"It's been awhile since I made this cheesecake but it's amazing. Just can't remember if you have to take creme out of Oreo cookies before crushing for the crust.??"

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