Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Eating these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars will send you to your sugar happy place right away.  This bar cookie recipe would be a great addition to your Easter dinner next week.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

There is nothing that I would classify as too sweet.  I am quite a dessert heavy weight (LOL literally). Now my hubby on the other hand, he takes one or two bites and he is over it.  We were at Cheesecake Factory a few weeks ago, and we both ordered cheesecake after dinner.   Now I purposefully only ate a small portion of dinner because one must leave room for cheesecake when you come to a place called The Cheesecake Factory.  It is a given.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

Anyway, I had no problem downing my cheesecake and a few bites of my hubby’s.  He had a few bites and was going on about how sweet it was, and that it was too rich for him.  He even said that he was getting the shakes and the sweats from trying to eat all that sugar.  I just had to laugh at him and call him a dessert light weight.  I guess I have had a lot more practice holding my sugar with all the desserts I keep cranking out.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

After having that cheesecake a few weeks ago, I was craving some cheesecake goodies.  One of my favorites from last year were these Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Bars, so I knew I wanted to make another variation of that recipe.  And since Reese’s are my absolute all time favorites, I decided to make another peanut butter version with Reese’s peanut butter chips, because clearly you can never have enough of that!!!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

These bars are purely decadent.  Thick layers of chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie dough with a generous layer of peanut butter cheesecake in the middle.  Oh yeah!!  I like my bars super thick, but if you like yours thinner, go ahead and bake these in a 9×13 pan.  Just make sure to adjust your baking time…I haven’t done that size, so I am speculating probably about 25-30 minutes.

I also used the Hershey’s baking melts in place of the chocolate chips.  I liked biting into the big chunks of chocolate.  Who doesn’t though…

And of course everything is better with more chocolate right?  So, go ahead and drizzle your bars with more melted chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter chips!!!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars - peanut butter cheesecake in the middle of peanut butter and chocolate chunk cookie bars

 

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie dough with a layer of peanut butter cheesecake. This will take dessert to a whole new level.

Ingredients

For the Cookie Dough
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1 cup Hershey's baking melts
For the Cheesecake
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
For the topping
1/4 cup Reese's peanut butter chips
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla, and salt and cream again. Sift together the baking soda and flour. Slowly add to the butter mixture until incorporated. Stir in the peanut butter chips and baking melts by hand. Press half the dough into the bottom of an 8" pan. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the egg and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Pour on top of the cookie dough.
  3. Press small pieces of cookie dough onto the top of the cream cheese layer. Continue until all the dough has been used and the cheesecake has been covered. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes. Remove and let cool completely. Cut into 16 bars.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir until melted and smooth. Spoon into a plastic bag that has one corner cut off. Drizzle over bars. Repeat with chocolate chips. Keep refrigerated. Makes 16 bars.

Notes

You can also bake this in a 9x13 pan, if you want shorter bars. I think you will want to only bake it for 25-30 minutes though.

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Comments

  1. says

    Girl, I love these. I’m all about chocolate, peanut butter, and cream cheese. It’s magic.

    And the best thing about a dessert light weight for a husband? You get to eat his portion. Or maybe that’s a bad thing? Nah. They make elastic pants for a reason!
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  2. says

    I would love these and so would my husband…nothing’s too sweet for him! You’re right in that you can never go wrong with PB and chocolate! Yummy :)

  3. says

    These bars look so delicious, I love the combination of the cookie dough and peanut butter flavors! While my husband likes sweets he does not like cheesecake. I think he’s crazy, but at least that means there is more cheesecake for me!
    Alyssa recently posted..Reese’s Pretzel BitesMy Profile

  4. says

    My boyfriend is not a sweet person either. He says something is too sweet and I’m like PFFF you don’t know what you are talking about! LOL More sugar the better ;) And Reese’s are my fav too and your bars look uberly decadent and delicious. I really could stuff my face right now with these thick bars! Thicker is better!!!
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  5. Sara says

    I’m not a huge fan of sweets, but my husband is a dessert FANATIC. It’s like he has a separate stomach just for candy. Definitely making these for Easter, and winning Wife of the Year.
    Quick question: Is there anything I can substitute for the shortening in the topping? Trying to avoid buying another one-use product. Thanks!

  6. says

    That’s exactly how my hubby is too!! ….but, oh well, leaves more dessert for us when it’s “too sweet” or “too rich” for them – lol! PInned and wish I could be eating this right now even though it’s only 6:30am….never too early to go to the dessert “happy place” though right?! ;)
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  7. Billie says

    These look great , I want to try these today my son is coming home. Can you use liquid shortening solid?

  8. Marcia says

    Ok, so I am more like your husband. About two bites and I’ll be happy. But I have a church full of sugar lovers (I live in the South after all) who will be thrilled when I try out this new recipe. And my Dad absolutely loves the peanut butter and chocolate idea, so he will be happy if I can make some and take them to him in New York this summer! :) Reese’s are also my favorite, but if they come two to a pack I always share one! :)

    • says

      Yes, grease the pan before adding any dough. Bake for 45 minutes if you are doing the 8×8 pan…no longer or it will be hard!!! Cheesecake always looks undone, but it sets up when it cools and chills. Let me know how it is for you!
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  9. Laura says

    Can’t wait to try these! Looking for a time-saver though — can you use pre-made cookie dough and add the pb chips to it?

  10. says

    So this is your favorite? I can see why.
    Sometimes I wish the blogger could see or hear me when I see a yummy post like this.
    “Oh no!” chuckle, giggle
    “Yikes!” giggle more
    “Oh my goodness!” Pin Pin Pin.
    This is one of those oohs and aahs recipes, that is for sure! How do you guys stay so thin?
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