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Makeover Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

Makeover Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

No one will ever guess this decadently rich, firmer-textured cheesecake, originally from Sharon Anderson of Lyons, Illinois has been lightened up. We promise! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings


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


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. 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 the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Pour 1 cup into a bowl; set aside. Pour remaining filling over peanut butter layer.
  • 4. In a microwave-safe bowl, 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 for 50-60 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 on high for 30 seconds or until warmed; spread over cheesecake. Garnish with peanut butter cups. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 316 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 361mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.

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kayrea User ID: 2649630 188384
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2014

"This sounds really good, one thing I would change is to make the crust out of almond meal. I have stopped using graham crackers. The almond meal is so much better. It doesn't have all the sugar so your not putting sugar on top of sugar. Hope this gives you some more ideas."

boobeau5105 User ID: 3532001 146136
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"I have made this several times in the full fat recipes - in fact I get about 6 requests a year to make it...I will try the lower fat version!! Thanks!"

linlin5050 User ID: 5587959 190486
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"A big yes, it was great, everyone enjoyed it. Not to rich and a classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate."

linlin5050 User ID: 5587959 103568
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"Everyone loved it. easy to make, a nice presentation. We did not find it to rich, it had a creamy texture with the peanut butter and chocolate a great pairing."

Lexie2002 User ID: 7216567 211512
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"the presantation i think is the best part this looks and tastes soo yummy"

BakerAtHome User ID: 6636098 189517
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2013

"I did not make this cheescake fat free. Very good everyone likes it."

paperx3wings User ID: 6628982 170606
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This was FABULOUS. My boyfriend couldn't believe it wasn't store bought. Making it for Thanksgiving!"

salsberg User ID: 3178961 117459
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"I followed the recipe exactly and no one liked it. Don't know why because nobody could say exactly what was wrong. Sorry"

annabanana2483 User ID: 3075257 117458
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Made this for family and was a big hit! We love cheesecake and everyone loved it!"

saxybone User ID: 6354947 175394
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"This was pretty good, but very rich! It's a solid 4.5!"

debydevid9 User ID: 5998056 188383
Reviewed May. 20, 2011

"I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it."

milltownt User ID: 1064713 175393
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"I've made this cheesecake this way ever since the original was printed in Taste of Home. It presents lovely and I'm always ask for the recipe. I use all dark chocolate since this is my personal favorite."

themrsh User ID: 4847810 103564
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This was AWESOME. Only one slice left and tons of yums from our Easter Bunch. I used natural peanut butter, gluten free graham crackers, 8 snack size reeses and a high quality dark chocolate all natural fudge topping. Tip: allow your fudge to cool a tad or your reeses will melt."

custfam User ID: 5679987 187332
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"My family loved this! I will definitely make this again."

glitter21220 User ID: 3044137 120708
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Made this cheesecake for my uncles 50th birthday party and it was gone in no time,should have made two of them.Will make again."

glitter21220 User ID: 3044137 120703
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Made this cheesecake for my uncles 50th birthday party and it was gone in no time,should have made two of them.Will"

slosh29 User ID: 2793210 187331
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"I thought this was good..and to jswat5, I have yet to find a cheesecake recipe that is not considered less than 8-12 servings. If you give the recommended amount and it is for a treat which it is supposed to be it is more than realistic. I think you are in the wrong section in my humble opinion. If you think it is not a correct serving size you should not be in the "makeover" or healthy eating sections. They all recommend small portions.I think you meant to look in the regular recipe sections.I am sure some of them would like 4-6 servings for a cheesecake."

eamorga User ID: 1799842 188382
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"Family loved but very rich. Next time I would leave off the fudge."

jswat5 User ID: 5590941 170605
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011

"It was nothing to write home about. And really.....16 slices from a 9 inch cake???? That's the only reason this cake has so few calories per slice. Not realistic."

smrobinsn User ID: 1965858 170563
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I substituted the sour cream with Greek yogurt. It tasted the same and increased the protein."

kimat401 User ID: 1714988 120701
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"It's delicious."

IndianaCat User ID: 4271431 171265
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2010

"A-one hit with co-workers. A little work, but well worth it."

honeyb0123 User ID: 4718304 171262
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"this cheesecake was delicious!! I couldn't find fat-free cream cheese so I used all low-fat. I also used low-fat peanut butter and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. HUGE hit"

lindsaylou82 User ID: 1226494 117455
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"Bad texture, had asour taste"

rfmcgill User ID: 3053641 187329
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2010

"I've made this 2X and it was such a big hit!! Use a good hot fudge sauce or make your own....."

Eileen P User ID: 2954637 128399
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"Wow, everyone at work who tried it said it tasted awesome!"

ruthhill74 User ID: 1618376 117454
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"Indeed, I like this one. I am a fan of chocolate peanut butter and cheesecake. The peanut butter doesn't spread well, so I just made do. I used splenda instead of sugar. I like the fact that it is light and not too sweet. Definitely a keeper."

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 103561
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"If interested, you can find the original recipe here:"

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 117453
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This dessert was pretty good and easy to put together which is always a plus."

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