Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate ganache and Oreo crust should be one of the things you add to your must bake list.  This Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is amazing and will disappear right before your very eyes.

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

 Have you ever had one of “those” days?  You know the one I’m talking about, right?  The one that makes you wonder if the full moon is out.

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

Today was that day for me.  And the day isn’t even over, so I’m kind of scared to see what happens next.   It all started the minute the alarm started going off.  Yup, that’s it.  Hahahaha!  Just kidding.  There’s more.

My hubby and I had a small (and I do mean small for real) discussion on staying at school in the afternoon instead of coming home and going right back half an hour later for a soccer game.

It was early, I didn’t have my coffee yet, and it just irritated me.  I think it irritated me more that he was right.  Yes, I did concede a few minutes (ok, 30 minutes) later that he was right.  The cost of gas has gone up again, and it makes more sense to just stay put. 

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

Then I walked to work.  Haha!  Ok, fine I walked to the other room and got on my computer.  Turns out there really must be a full moon because I have had some cray cray comments on the blog this week.  Just think of things like  “jerk”, “why don’t you set a better example for your kids”, “junk food”, and being “shot and left for the buzzards to peck out”.  Yup, all real comments.  My jaw is hanging open too!

And I have been accused of stealing my own picture.  I’m sorry I didn’t realize posting my own pictures was wrong.  LOL!

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

I am feeling the extreme urge to hide in my closet for the rest of the day with a bag of chocolate chips and peanut butter cups.  Don’t bother looking for me…I’ll be much happier there in the dark with my comfort food.

Really these kinds of things just make me laugh….ain’t nobody got time for that!    What else are you supposed to do about it?  Other than stuff your face with chocolate!  So go ahead…leave me comments…laughter is good for the soul!

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

 I thought maybe you have had one of those days or weeks and might need some chocolate goodness too.  How about a cheesecake with layers of chocolate and peanut butter, an Oreo cookie crust, chocolate ganache, Cool Whip, and Reese’s peanut butter cup decorations?  Uuuuuhhhhhuuuhhhh, I thought so.

I know you are thinking I’m the crazy one now, but seriously this cheesecake is really easy to make.  You can do it.

Cookie crumbs and butter mixed together and put in the bottom of the pan.  See it’s starting off easy.  Quick tip…use parchment paper in the springform pan.  It comes right off after the cheesecake is done.

Start with the peanut butter layer next.  Beat the ingredients until creamy.  See another easy step.  I got you covered.

Now to step it up another notch.  The chocolate layer is made on the stove.  But it’s easy, I promise.  Melt the chips.  Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.  Stir in the rest.  Not too hard is it?  Then you just layer the chocolate and peanut butter layers on the crust.  Pop it in the oven for 55 minutes and your done.  Well, almost done.  It still has to cool completely and it needs to be pretty-fied.  I know you can do it though.  Honestly, waiting to cut into this is the hardest part!!!!

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate topping and peanut butter cup candies

One more quick baking tip.  I always put a large baking sheet full of hot water on the rack under the cheesecake while it is baking.  The moisture from the water keeps the cheesecake from cracking.  I also remove the cheesecake from the oven right away when it is done cooking.  Just my two cents on how to bake a cheesecake…you do it how you like best.

Now what are you doing here?  Get your butt up and go to the store for all the ingredients to make this.  If the chocolate chips and peanut butter cups go missing…check the closet.  Someone might have had a “day” and needed to hide for a bit :-)


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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 1 cheesecake - 14 servings

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with an Oreo cookie crust and a chocolate's the best way to combat one of those days.


For the Crust
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs,
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Peanut Butter Layer
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Chocolate Layer
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Topping
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream
Cool Whip
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a 9 inch springform pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar. Add the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and beat again. Set aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan melt the chocolate chips over medium heat. After they are melted and creamy, add the cream cheese and stir until creamy again. Whisk in the milk and vanilla. Crack the egg in a small bowl. Add a large spoonful of the hot chocolate mixture to the egg and whisk immediately. Then pour into the chocolate mixture in the pan and whisk again.
  4. Pour 2 cups of the chocolate mixture onto the cookie crust. Gently spoon the peanut butter mixture on top. Start placing spoonfuls on the outside edges first, then drop spoonfuls in the center. Carefully smooth out the peanut butter layer. Pour the rest of the chocolate batter on top. Bake at 300* for 55 minutes. Remove right away and place on a wire rack to cool. Place in the refrigerator to chill completely.
  5. In a small saucepan bring the whipping cream to a boil. Remove from the stove top and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. Pour on the top of the chilled cheesecake and smooth over the top. Let set. Top with Cool Whip and peanut butter cups before serving, if desired. Cut into 14 wedges.


Place a baking sheet full of hot water on the rack under the cheesecake while it is baking. The steam from the water keeps the cheesecake from cracking.

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  1. says

    Well, I LOVE your blog even tho I rarely comment. Disregard those bad comments ~ only insecure people leave bad ones. My motto is to always look for the good in people. That makes me happy and everyone around me too. By the way, I’m making your Pizza Pasta Salad for a picnic Saturday evening.

  2. Dianne says

    Jocelyn, I am proud of you for ignoring people’s ignorant remarks. You are an inspiration to me! I absolutely love your blog and your delicious recipes. Another blog I followed went vegetarian, and needless to say, I don’t follow that blog any longer. You are also an inspiration to me in your faith. Keep the blogs coming! They make my day!

  3. says

    Wow, that looks amazing! I don’t think I can ever have enough chocolate and peanut butter recipes! Those are my comfort foods, too. :) So thanks for taking the time to add the ” More recipes with Reese’s” section!

    And I’m sorry people were rude to you… it’s easy to say “well, they’re obviously idiots,” but it’s hard to feel that way when such bile is directed at you.

  4. says

    What is wrong with people…..and why are they so mean!?! Especially when you’re giving us so much yumminess! Sheesh! Ignore them, and keep baking……you’re doing everything right! :o)

    And can I just say, that I love the size of the slice on this cheesecake…….cuz it would be totally wrong to give someone a slice with just the swirl of Cool Whip, and then someone gets a swirl topped with a pb cup! I’m just saying…..that would be wrong!! Everyone should get a big-ass double slice!!!! LOL
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  5. says

    Oh wow! This is so amazing and I do not even like cheesecake!! But this? This I can love. AMAZED!!

    Now, those comments!! People can be so mean. Trust me, I know and have so been there! I have not been blogging nearly as long as you, but I have already had my fair share. SO not fun! Although, I have not yet been accused of stealing my own photos or being shot. That is terrible!! Wow, hang in there!
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  6. says

    Admitting that the husband is right (especially before coffee) and putting up with those comments is definitely tough. Luckily, the day gets better (especially after coffee), and a great big slice of this cheesecake. This creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake would definitely make me have a better day! Holy toledo this looks good.
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  7. says

    Jocelyn, I am so so sorry, about the rude comments you were getting. I think this week has been like that for a lot of people. Jennifer from Mother Thyme was dealing with similar issues with her pictures and blog this week too and this morning, my mom kept me on the phone for over an hour (seriously, I had just laid Christian down for a nap and was about to make a pie) over my brother who screamed and yelled at her this morning. Yesterday I stuffed my face with one twix ice cream bar and one snickers ice cream bar, snuck several bites of frosting that I have in the fridge and a pumpkin latte that wasn’t skinny-we’re talking full on calories, yesterday, I ate a whole bowl of popcorn and like 7 cookies. I’m out of control! I say, let’s hide from the world together and eat this cheesecake, because I’m like 2 secs away from hopping on a plane and stalking you, lol! Just kidding…well, kind of, 😉 I sincerely hope, that by the end of today, your day is a whole lot better and that you have a fabulous weekend with your family. (Don’t ya just hate it when husbands are right? I know I do) 😉
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  8. says

    Oh yes, we’ve all had one of those days. In fact, I’ve had one of those weeks so I’m so glad it’s a long weekend.
    Um, you seriously got those comments?! I’m so shocked because I could not say enough wonderful things about you and your blog. You have awesome recipes, beautiful pictures, and I enjoy what you write. I love that you respond to my comments and you even take the time to visit my blog and leave comments for me (which means the world to me). Unfortunately in this world, the moment we put ourselves out there, we are vulnerable to criticism from irrational and grouchy people who have nothing better to do with their time but to judge others. I’m sorry you’ve been a victim.
    “Junk food”? Call it what they want, but yes, please and there is nothing wrong with that!
    Here’s to hiding for only a moment (because after all we are human) but then getting back out there and making more fabulous food like this cheesecake…pinning to make! :)
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    • says

      Awww, thank you so very much!! I was very thankful for the long weekend with my family too!! Yes, the comments were real and definitely crazy town! Sweet comments like this from you and my other great bloggy friends help me to push past the negative ones, so thank you so much girl!
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  9. says

    I will never understand why people spend their time leaving mean comments on someone’s blog. If there’s something you don’t like just click away. Personally, I love your blog, and I’m so excited to be in the same room with you in a few weeks for the Duncan Hines trip. I’m going to try not to be too fan girl crazy. This cheesecake is brilliant! I love the double layers of chocolate. It’s basically a peanut butter cup on a crust. You’re a genius, and don’t let anybody ever try to convince you otherwise!
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  10. says

    OMG Jocelyn –> “Just think of things like ”jerk”, “why don’t you set a better example for your kids”, “junk food”, and being “shot and left for the buzzards to peck out”. People are freaking cray-cray! You’ve got the right attitude – ignore ’em, laugh it off and make a stunning, droolworthy cheesecake. I can’t tell you how amazing this looks – like a glorious, giant peanut butter cup on an oreo cookie crust. And seriously, nothing is more annoying when our partners are right. I hate admitting it when it happens, lol.
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  11. says

    First, I can’t believe that people really feel the need to comment as if you aren’t a real person with real feelings. I guess they are stupid enough to believe that just because you post yummy treats, it’s the only thing you feed your children. thanks for the fabulous recipes (I’m pinning this one now) and thanks for being so open about your life and your life as a pastor’s wife. Keeping on going and ignore the haters.

  12. says

    I just found you through Pinterest, and I am pretty sure you are my soul mate. Someone else is out there who could eat dessert for every meal! I am just finally getting my husband on board the chocolate/peanut butter train- it only took almost 9 years! Can’t wait to read more :)

  13. Auntiepatch says

    Only mean-spirited people leave comments like that and who needs them?! You do a great job and don’t let anyone tell you any different!

    Greetings from sunny San Diego! LOL!

  14. Cindy says

    Making this for my daughter’s birthday, upon her request for a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake: yours looks like it will fit the bill!
    Question: I see in the instructions for the peanut butter layer (step 2.)
    to add cream but I don’t see cream listed in the ingredients for that layer and so I don’t know how much to add.
    I’m assuming it will make the consistency spreadable.
    Thanks. Looking forward to instruction.

    • says

      I have never frozen this particular cheesecake, but I don’t know why you couldn’t. Just leave off the topping and peanut butter cups and wrap it tightly. Then let it thaw in the refrigerator before doing the topping. Let me know how it works for you!

  15. Mary says

    For the peanut butter cup cheesecake, I only have SALTED butter…argh, and I’m starting to make it now. Does anyone know if this will effect the taste of the crust at all?



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