Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Need an easy dessert to satisfy that sweet tooth?  These Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars are easy to make, taste delicious, and look impressive.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

99 % of the time we get asked to bring a dessert to any picnic, I will usually make up a pan of cheesecake bars.  Of course they always look different.

Sometimes I add brownies to the bottom, sometimes they end up as mini cheesecake muffins, or sometimes I swirl different colors all over the top for fun.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

I just puffy heart love cheesecake!  In all shapes and forms.  Of course this love has caused me to become some different shapes and sizes too :-)

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

These cheesecake bars actually had no reason to be made.

You see I have this bad habit of eating spoonfuls of peanut butter and Nutella whenever I get a craving for something sweet.  One small spoonful of these together usually does the trick.

Except for this day.

All of a sudden I couldn’t stop thinking of different ways to use both in a recipe.  As soon as I thought cheesecake bars, it was all over.  Thank goodness my kitchen cupboards resemble a mini grocery store.  I had all the ingredients on hand to whip up a pan of these decadent bars.

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

The cheesecake bars start with an easy crust.  Crush up cream filled cookies into fine crumbs.  You can use a food processor or a plastic bag and any wooden spoon or mallet.  Go ahead and leave the cream filling in the cookies.  It makes the crust taste great and helps it stay together better.  Add a little bit of butter and press it into the bottom of a pan.  Set it aside.

Start with softened cream cheese.  I like to get my cream cheese out an hour or two before making something with it.  If you forget this step, no worries.  Remove the foil wrapper and place it on a microwave safe plate.  Cut the cream cheese into cubes and microwave it for 20-30 seconds.  Be careful not to over heat it.

Cream the cream cheese and the rest of the filling ingredients until it is smooth and creamy.  Pour it gently onto the prepared crust.  Now comes the fun part.

Heat the Nutella in the microwave until it is creamy and spreadable.  Spoon it into a Ziplock baggie and cut one corner off.  Gently drizzle lines of Nutella all over the top of the cheesecake.  Then take a knife and very carefully swirl the top.  Try to keep the knife from disturbing the crust on the bottom of the pan.

The hardest part of this recipe is the wait time.  Cheesecake always needs to set up and cool down after baking.  I recommend baking any kind of cheesecake the night before.  That way it has time to chill over night.  Plus, then you can start the day with cheesecake for breakfast.  Oh, maybe that’s the reason I’m turning into other shapes and sizes :-)

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars - peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top

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Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 24 cheesecake bars

Peanut Butter Nutella Cheesecake Bars

Peanut butter cheesecake bars with a fun Nutella drizzle baked on top makes these a fun treat to share at any picnic or party. Or to enjoy when your sweet tooth needs something.


26 Peanut Butter cream filled Chocolate Cookies (I used Oreos)
1 Tablespoon melted butter
3 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3 eggs
3 Tablespoons sour cream
3 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup Nutella


  1. Crush the cookies into fine crumbs. Leave the filling in the cookies when you do this. Stir in the melted butter. Press the crumbs into the bottom of a greased 9x13 baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat again. Add the eggs, sour cream, flour, and vanilla and beat until creamy. Gently pour onto the prepared crust.
  3. Place the Nutella in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time until the Nutella is melted enough to drizzle. Spoon it into a baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle lines over the top of the cheesecake batter. Take a knife and gently swirl the Nutella into a fun pattern. Be careful not to disturb the crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool for 1-2 hours on a cooling rack. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


*You can use regular cream filled chocolate cookies if you cannot find the peanut butter cream filled cookies.

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  1. says

    Someday when I’m really old and I’m ready, I want to go eating these. Because then I will be totally happy! Sorry if that sounded weird. But you know, these bars are the epitome of awesome!
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  2. says

    So funny — I’m the same way about cheesecake too! I always have to make it the night before to avoid peeking into the fridge all day long to check, “Is it done yet? How about now? It’s been 3 more minutes…. Now is it ready?” I’m the worst! And I actually just baked a fruit cheesecake tonight… Great minds think alike! 😉 I absolutely adore PB and nutella, so what if we trade a slice for a slice??
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  3. says

    Hey, my cupboards resemble a grocery store too! Annoying when stuff falls down every time I open them up, but so useful when last-minute cravings strike! Love the combination of Nutella and PB–these look fab!

    • says

      You can’t eat Nutella? That’s so sad to hear. Can you do any kind of chocolate or spread? Hershey’s has a chocolate spread similar to Nutella. You can also melt chocolate chips and drizzle those on top or sprinkle them on the cheesecake batter for an even easier way to do it. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  4. says

    I’m drooling! I wish I had one right now, but I spent all last week eating sugar and other things I shouldn’t of been eating so I’m trying to take it easy this week. Probably won’t work out well for me in the end, lol! I’ll cave!
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  5. says

    I just recently broke down and bought some Nutella to try – omg I love the stuff! Put that together with cheesecake and I think I will be turning into other shapes too! Thanks for sharing on Wake Up Wednesdays. Pinning for later , or maybe tomorrow :-)


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