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Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars

You won’t hear any complaints about these rich peanut butter cheesecake bars layered with a can’t-miss combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl combine the cookie mix and butter; stir in peanuts. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches a spreading consistency, about 40 minutes. Spread over top. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 294 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • hchambers
    Apr 29, 2019

    These were great! I will definitely be making them again. I added some peanut butter chips to the ganache so it was more of a chocolate peanut butter topping.

  • rivergulch
    Mar 9, 2014

    A big hit all around. Glad I copied off the recipe to give along with the bars........

  • Sue Zappa
    Mar 7, 2014

    lineal, yes, you can make these with your own pb cookie recipe for the crust! I did just that yesterday, & they turned out great! I used chunky pb & deleted the peanuts because I was in a hurry. I also found out that the cheesecake layer had some moisture on it & had to dab the drops off with a paper towel so the chocolate ganache would stick well. But, this is now a favorite in our house!

  • linlal
    Mar 4, 2014

    In order to reduce the calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and probably the salt, I'm going to try this with my own PB cookie recipe. Has anyone else tried that?I'll also be cutting them in 1" x 2" pieces since, at 24 squares, they will be very big.

  • karynp6
    Mar 15, 2012

    Next time I am going to try it without the peanuts. I liked it, but it was too many for my husband and kids.

  • seebs1977
    Jan 10, 2012

    There's nothing like the combination of flavors in these bars. They're sweet and salty and super delicious! I made them for a treat at Thanksgiving time and they disappeared! They were very easy to make, too!