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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

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 YIELD: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.

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cindiak User ID: 221828 271749
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

"Very easy and delicious. It was a big hit at our bbq."

bl6avb User ID: 8251572 267892
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2017

"Made this recipe exactly as written for a graduation party. It was a huge hit and was gone in no time. Wouldn't change a thing."

kat034 User ID: 7321920 259450
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2017

"OMG - SO easy and SO delicious!! This was my first time to make cheesecake - I was scared but it was so simple and tasted fabulous : ) Def will make it again and again"

DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 258800
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2016

"I doubled the recipe and made it in a 10x14-inch pan. I needed to make it gluten-free, so I used only GF "graham" crumbs, increasing the amount to total both kinds of crumbs. Instead of hot fudge topping stirred into the chocolate layer, I melted dark chocolate into some milk and stirred it into 1/3 of the batter. I left 1/3 plain, and I stirred the peanut butter into the other 1/3. I layered them in the pan, chocolate on bottom, plain in the middle, and PB on top. I baked it about an hour and 10 minutes. Tomorrow I'll melt chocolate in milk again and put it on top as a ganache, with PB cups chopped on top. (I used the recipe on this page to make GF PB cups: I actually had some crumbs left over from doubling the recipe, so I made a tiny cheesecake in a grab-it dish and sampled it. Delicious!"

CyndiZWR User ID: 6999811 258197
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2016

"This cheesecake was delicious! Made it according to the recipe with the exception of the chocolate cookies - used chocolate wafers instead of sandwich cookies and it worked like a dream. Brought it to work and there's nothing left but crumbs!"

adeline User ID: 8956462 256317
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

"Made it for my co-workers and everyone loved it!! It wasn't hard to make at all. I used a 9x13 pan instead of a 9" springform pan and it was excellent. I'm making this for the Holidays."

GlamKaylyn User ID: 8892252 250328
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2016

"This is amazing! I used Reese's Oreos. Hubby loves it."

Debbie5981 User ID: 5990467 243246
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"

Chrissee14 User ID: 4358986 239238
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!!"

LTinNW User ID: 8628468 237771
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."

debpenns User ID: 5553562 235412
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

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

missfrosty User ID: 7447774 230133
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.??"

blajr User ID: 1425815 218329
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"I've made this cheesecake several times and I love it and have always gotten rave reviews. It is quite a bit of work, but I find it most worth it. I do use a larger 10 1/2" springform pan."

apoKylEpse User ID: 8191600 216445
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

"Great cheesecake, but unfortunately, and I'm surprised no one else has mentioned it, this recipe yields enough cheesecake filling to easily do two 9" cakes. Wish I had known beforehand, as I just kept saying to myself "The recipe has to be right" as I kept noticing that there seemed to be way too much while I was mixing the ingredients, and I wound up washing 40% of the filling down the sink, and over filling the one pan & crust I did have, and the cheesecake ballooned up and split in several deep crevices because of this. Get your amounts correct next time please."

bbaker2 User ID: 3308437 214972
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2014

"Delicious...easy to make and it looks great. Everyone at the party loved it."

Mirandalynn21 User ID: 8151735 214587
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"The recipe is delicious. The only complaint is that from all the chocolate on top is that it was very messy, but overall very tasty"

lisamaria User ID: 5442232 129977
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"I might be in the minority, but this cheesecake was not as good as I thought it would be. I am confused by the name because it tastes nothing like a peanut butter cup. The peanut butter flavor is hardly evident and the fudge poured on top doesn't add much to the flavor. Except for the pb cups for garnishes, where is the comparison to a pb cup? The crust came out hard, too and I didn't overbake it. I just was not thrilled with this cheesecake. It's not worth all the trouble, so I don't think I would bother making it again."

Sarah37 User ID: 7530910 97179
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Unreal amount of deliciousness."

Linda-Lee User ID: 7267381 66474
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"I made this for Christmas. IMPRESSIVE. But very rich, although we managed to eat it all! I did omit the peanut butter in the crust. Loved the crust and will use it in my next cheesecake."

LaurenShea User ID: 7530976 144538
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"dpauly123--I leave my cheese cake in the springform until I'm ready to serve it. So yes, cool it in the pan."

dpauly123 User ID: 7552206 66469
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Could someone answer if the cheesecake remains in the springform pan overnight while cooling? Ive experienced that my fall if taken out too soon. It is asking me to rate, but I haven't tried it yet!"

lisataber User ID: 7550559 150221
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"This cheesecake is a must for our parties. I substituted mini peanut butter cups for the chopped and it makes the finished product extra pretty!"

chrissellscandles User ID: 2752798 146623
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"I have made this cheese cake year after year for my son's birthday. It's sooo good!"

vickieg68 User ID: 7014732 78453
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2013

"Great recipe. I would not change anything!"

Jswisher2 User ID: 3031616 150219
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"Five stars aren't enough. I'm always looking for new cheesecake recipes. This was delicious. Definitely will make again, and again. I wouldn't change a thing."

Ray Z User ID: 4201791 151306
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2013

"Great recipe. To cut down (?) just a little on the calories I used peanut butter chips instead of the cups on the top. But still the best peanut butter cheesecake recipe EVER..."

c.houston User ID: 7353141 146621
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2013

"Substitutions I made:

- Peak Freans Lifestyle cookies (dark chocolate/cherry) instead of graham cracker crumbs+sandwich cookies. I just used 1 cup and a half of the Lifestyles cookies and it was delish.
- Instead of hot fudge ice cream topping, I used nutella. ALSO DELICIOUS.
- I noticed that the peanut butter really did not make an appearance in the final product (maybe I did something wrong), but the peanut oil seeped out of the springform pan and onto the cookie sheet. Which I don't think was a problem, but maybe add more peanut butter? OR perhaps mix it into the batter?
- I misread the instructions, and melted butter for the crust, but then (Stupidly) measured out 6 tbsps of the melted stuff and only put that in. The crust was definitely drier than I would've liked, it, so don't make the same mistake as me. Always add a lot of butter.
-I also didn't have an electric mixer, which resulted in a pretty lumpy batter. Luckily I had some extra muscle on hand to stir it up, but I think an electric mixer would have made things easier :p
- I added cut up peanut butter cups into the batter (before I poured the chocolate part on) and it was SUCH a good idea. They melted into the cake, and it was impossible to see them, but they definitely made the cake richer and more velvety. They added a distinct "peanut butter cup" taste. Very good."

tatukween User ID: 6663651 154893
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

"The crust - a mix of graham crackers and oreos - is what sets this cheesecake apart from the rest. It is delicious! My mother-in-law loves peanut butter and she can't get enough of this rich, creamy cheesecake."

ChefKat User ID: 789925 146618
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I'm not a great baker or dessert chef, but this recipe made me look like I am! It turned out beautifully, really rich and decadent. Next time I will try replacing one or two of the bars of cream cheese with the light cream cheese. My son and I had a great time making this together. It did take me much longer to prepare than the stated prep time, but other than that, no complaints!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 57766
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"My husband LOVE anything with peanut butter but he's not a big fan of cheesecake. This he loves. Great recipe!"

bje50 User ID: 7206335 154890
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"Very good recipe.Unfortunately, the prep time is not realistic. Started it at 9:30 at night, and got it to the refrigerator after midnight."

TJKCW User ID: 7187579 78446
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"OK this is what i said when i saw how many views it has "holy fudge!!" it looks so good!!!!!!!!!!!

my mom loves PB cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:) :):) :)"

qpv User ID: 6456828 150218
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2013

"I made this recipe for our Christmas Eve dessert and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved it and they have been asking me to make it again and again. I do not usually take the time to rate recipes but this one was so good I felt I had to."

franser User ID: 424359 129976
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2013

"This is a cheesecake that always gets requested over & over!!"

exj01 User ID: 1058426 57765
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"Truly enjoyed this cheesecake. It was creamy and smooth and a great peanut butter taste -- one of the family's favorite."

tampster1 User ID: 7052680 97177
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I would make this again. It turned out Perfect"

momof29 User ID: 6105359 63973
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"Mason makes this divine cheesecake for his mother! Thank you son;)"

mem381 User ID: 6068967 97176
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"I feel kind of bad being the only one so far to really think this cheesecake wasn't that amazing. I think I was expecting more of the peanut butter cup taste all through out it and it wasn't really what I was looking for. I wouldn't mind trying it again, but instead of putting the peanutbutter on the bottom, fold it into the cream cheese filling, or both : ) I'm just not a big fan of plain cheesecake and this was more plain tasting than I would like."

leosnaarf User ID: 5423183 150217
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2012

"This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever made and it is definitely the one I make most often. I made this for an office party and now I am not allowed to bring anything else. It has been a hit wherever I take it. It is somewhat time-consuming so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to finish. Cooling completely before refrigeration is key. It really is as good as it looks."

Stephsupermom User ID: 6752834 78445
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"I have made this cheesecake over and over again. It is so delicious. One of my husbands favorites. It always gets rave reviews wherever I take it."

kpossible18 User ID: 6350571 97173
Reviewed May. 12, 2012


Shelleybell1970 User ID: 3203147 150216
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"I just finished this cheesecake for a co-worker's birthday. I can already tell it's going to be a HUGE hit. I can't wait to serve this tomorrow!"

MzKitty User ID: 1274599 146615
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Totally decadent!! Made it for my in-laws and they proclaimed it to be "restaurant quality". I didn't change a thing and thought it was pretty easy. I may do a water bath next time to prevent cracks (or allow myself more time, it had to be put in the fridge overnight without fully cooling outside of the oven first). It was wonderful, thank you for sharing it."

deb49729 User ID: 3602644 65627
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"I won a !desert tasting with this one"

DorothyC2012 User ID: 6531529 130053
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2012

"This is the best cheesecake, ever!!! I love making this, love eating it even more!!!!"

DanielleRie User ID: 6332964 150215
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I made this for Thanksgiving and my whole family loved it and there were no left-overs!!!"

mam-a-5 User ID: 2779816 144520
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Absolutely Amazing!!! I made this the morning of Thanksgiving, we ate it that evening. Pardon the pun, but each bite could've given a heart attack, it is absolutely scrumptious. Also pretty easy to create as well."

HammockQueen User ID: 6362098 206953
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"This was an amazing Peanut Butter Cheesecake! Was easy to do also. Was devoured shortly after i cut into it for Thanksgving at my friends house!!!"

360fods User ID: 6359338 144518
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Delicious! Worth the time put into it."

sheinemann User ID: 4810526 151304
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"This is one of the most decadent cheesecakes I have ever had!!! Everyone loved it and I've already had 3 requests to make this again! Delicious!!!!!"

donnal777 User ID: 2577514 151298
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I made this cheesecake for a birthday party and it was a big hit with all of the guests! I used miniature peanut butter cups cut in half. The birthday girl asked for the recipe!"

sassyblonde1953 User ID: 4664139 154885
Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"This recipe was a major hit! Have already made several of them!"

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 61495
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"OMG! This cheesecake was positively sinful! Everyone loved it!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 206952
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"This is one of those recipes that my family keeps requesting. Made it for a holiday gathering a few years ago, and everyone is still talking about it!"

bethjensen User ID: 3030716 61485
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"Have made this several times and always a hit. MY family likes it when I add peanut butter cups on top of the peanut butter layer."

Kar_ligirl User ID: 4060549 206951
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Holy Cheesecake! This was amazingly good! I made it for my Valentine, and He LOVED IT! Keep in mind this is very rich, but full of peanut butter and chocolate flavor! Took some time to make, but I will definately make this again!"

rsweet3 User ID: 5618914 150214
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"this turned out so good. I cant wait to make it again. Instead of using the fudge for the top I used the Reese's shell for ice cream. worked great"

Tishscook User ID: 5799188 78310
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"This is sooooo good. Everyone just loved it."

chirey User ID: 1371783 206950
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"DELICIOUS! This is one of the best cheesecakes I have ever tasted. You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate! I made it according to the directions except I doubled the reese's cups on top. I took it to a Thanksgiving carryin and everyone raved about it. Just make sure everyone sees it when it is whole because cutting it ruins the pretty look! My slices looked nothing like the photo! But that's why magazines have food stylists! Most amazing flavor and I will definitely be making it again! The only thing I might change is the crust and make an all oreo crust!"

DeAnna2008 User ID: 1063975 66468
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"I first made this recipe years ago when it was on the cover of TOH, and I made my husband take a picture of me with my finished product and my TOH cover. This cheesecake is a little time consuming, but worth every second. It looks so wonderful on a table atop a pedestal plate, and it tastes every bit as good as it looks."

missi2111 User ID: 5713340 154882
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"This cheesecake is stunning and delicious. I've made it twice to use as gifts and the recipients raved. I use a few more Reeses than the recipe calls for to get that WOW appearance on top. Recommend this recipe highly."

mikensue User ID: 3960082 150119
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I made this for a friend who has had lots of things I've baked and she always likes them a lot - but this she declared as her absolute favorite! She brought one small piece home to her family and they all fought over it. She's already requesting it for her birthday again next year. I have to agree it was amazing. I did not change one thing in the recipe. If you're a chocolate peanut butter fan who also likes cheesecake, you have to try this! One warning, though. I made homemade fudge sauce for the top, but the recipe I have gets hard when chilled. Luckily, I had time to go to the store and buy a jar because the other would have been too hard to cut through without tearing the cake apart. For once, a store-bought ingredient was better than homemade."

pm52233 User ID: 3630013 97172
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"I made this cheesecake for Thanksgiving. It is DELICIOUS!! Everyone loved it...they couldn't believe I made it...they all thought it was from the Cheesecake Factory. I will definitely make it again."

btakpowers User ID: 1270070 78309
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2010

"Everyone loved this and I've had requests to make it again."

threespeedfortunecookie User ID: 5347025 150118
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"Made for a party and it got AMAZING results. It's true what other say -- it needs to be served in small pieces. The host kept the remainder and wound up freezing it. Apparently this recipe is so good frozen, it makes the original obsolete. I will now use this as a frozen dessert. FREEZE IT!!!!!"

liliant User ID: 5083254 151297
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010

"I made this recipe for work and it was a big hit. Everybody loved it! It did take some time to make, but it was all worth it."

momofgideonandeli User ID: 2233279 154881
Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"This is absolutely to die for!!! I am a huge fan of cheesecake and this is amazing. I have made it for friends and they just loved it also. It is one of my top favorite dessert recipes!!!! It is very easy to make too."

ljanks User ID: 4334376 130084
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"I always receive rave reviews when I make this, so it's worth the hassle. It's amazing in taste and visually stunning."

HisVictoriah User ID: 3265267 63971
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"I personally don't like cheesecake but I made it for a birthday party and everyone LOVED it. The only thing came out pretty attractive but not nearly as neat looking as the photo."

ruthsgranddaughter User ID: 3437646 206949
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"I made this for my mothers Birthday, and it was a big hit."

jackie3307 User ID: 4087892 97169
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"i used the smaller cups"

jackie3307 User ID: 4087892 65626
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"Just made it, very easy just alot of steps, looking forward to trying it. Yummy! looks pretty too, i added 4-5 more peanut butter cups"

thin4life User ID: 1891649 206948
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"This cheesecake is to die for! This one goes in my recipe file. I took this to a a meeting and everyone absolutely loved it."

corrinne5 User ID: 4104428 78305
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009

"i whant to try it"

josiezanker User ID: 3325499 130052
Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"My favorite cheesecake recipe! I've made many cheesecakes and this one always comes out ahead of the rest. The crust is delicious with the graham cracker crumbs and oreo crumbs. A must try!"

lmsadik User ID: 1163767 206947
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"This is a fantastic cheese cake. I've made it for holidays and special events at church and it always gets rave reviews!

West Chester, PA"

dawnzles User ID: 3737304 151294
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2009

"Please Post All Comments Made on this recipe"

sillypippi1 User ID: 2551922 146599
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2008

"Oh this was so good!!! I have had MANY compliments!!!"

O1JOEY User ID: 3662733 146594
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2008

"I made this for birthday to bring in to work. It was soooo delicious. I also made it for my Fiances birthday as well. It's one of the best cheesecakes I've ever made and tasted :):):):)"

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 146593
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"This was so good! It received many rave reviews! I am not much of a cheesecake person, but absolutely loved this! It is very rich, though, so eat small slices! This took a while to make, but well worth it!"

marqsmom User ID: 1767634 78302
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008

"I chose this cheesecake as my very first baked cheesecake for Thanksgiving last year. It turned out perfect and it is very good! I didn't add the chocolate on top; one, I didn't want to cover up the swirl design, and two, it really didn't need anyhing else. The cheesecake is creamy and rich...just the way a cheesecake should be. You definitely do not need a large slice of this!"

Foodygirl97 User ID: 2662491 130044
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2008

"I made this for my boss on my last day of work needless to say she had to share with everyoneI have never heard so many RAVE reviews!! Everybody loved it even those that didn't think they liked cheesecake but they did say it was rich but very good!!! I am making it again very soon for my son and my future daughter-in-law!!"

cbheatwole User ID: 1699039 65624
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2008

"I really liked this cheesecake, but it is very rich. It's not real great for after a big meal! But it is delicious if you have an empty stomach"

3sistersbaking User ID: 1333913 146592
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2008

"My little sister made this cheesecake and it was gone by the next morning! This was absolutely delicious!

Priscilla :)"

mheadley User ID: 2804865 66467
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2008

"I have made this wonderful cheesecake several times and everyone always enjoys it so, one of my passions is making cheesecakes and this one turns out every time !!


Nancy_NJ User ID: 757793 144504
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2007

"Wow! Thanks for posting it sounds and looks wonderful!!


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