Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

These Cherry Cheesecake Brownies have layers of brownie, cheesecake, and cherry pie filling.  The perfect cheesecake trifecta for celebrating anything with.  Or make it for a random Wednesday as an unexpected after dinner dessert.

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies - fudge brownies topped with a cherry swirl cheesecake layer

Today is National Cheesecake Day!  That means all things cheesecake should be eaten all day long, right?  Please say yes, please say yes!!!

Cheesecake happens to be one of my absolute favorite desserts to make.  I love making this Banana Split Cheesecake for when I want a big full size cheesecake for special dinners or for fundraisers at church.  It is a jaw dropper for sure!

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies - fudge brownies topped with a cherry swirl cheesecake layer

Baking layers in desserts is probably my all time favorite way to do cheesecake.  These Take 5 Cheesecake Brownies are definitely one of the best ways to put as many layers as you can into one dessert.

I knew Cheesecake Day was coming up, and I had every intention of making a full sized cheesecake to share with you.  It’s been way too long since I have done a big one.  But then we were gone all day shopping at Ikea for bedroom furniture for our kids bedroom redo’s, and my husband wanted a dessert to take into the guys at his old job.

When there is no time to wait for a big cheesecake to cool, I almost always make cheesecake brownies.  They really are so easy to make, and they cool in just a few short hours.  I like to use a box brownie mix to for convenience, but a homemade brownie recipe that would work just as well. For this cheesecake, you will start with your brownie mix.  Make it according to the package directions and pour it into a baking dish.  Then move onto the next layer.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened before you get started.  I like to get mine out of the refrigerator at least an hour before I start making anything with cream cheese in it. If you forget to get it out, you can always unwrap it and remove the foil package and microwave it for about 30 seconds.  Whip the cream cheese before you add any ingredients.  This will help remove any lumps.  Slowly pour in the rest of the ingredients and beat again.

Spoon the cheesecake batter very carefully onto the brownie batter.  You want them to bake in distinct layers.  Same with the pie filling.  Spoon it very carefully and use a knife to swirl just the top layer.

After this bakes, give it time to cool. I usually leave my finished cheesecake on the counter for an hour, then place it in the refrigerator.  Within 2-3 hours it is completely chilled and ready for you to dive into.

I do like to add chocolate drizzles, Cool Whip, and extra pie filling to make these Cherry Cheesecake Brownies pretty…my husband didn’t want to wait that long for the ones he took to his friends.   Which way would you prefer to eat these…plain or pretty???

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies - fudge brownies topped with a cherry swirl cheesecake layer

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Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 cheesecake brownies

Cherry Cheesecake Brownies

Layers of brownie and a cherry swirl cheesecake makes a fun and impressive dessert to enjoy after dinner.

Ingredients

1 box brownie mix (for 9x13 pan)
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons butter
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Make brownies according to the package directions. Spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat the cream cheese, butter, and cornstarch. Add the sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla and beat again until creamy. Spoon very carefully onto the brownie batter.
  3. Take 1 cup pie filling and drop gently by spoonfuls on the cheesecake layer. Swirl very carefully with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool on the counter for 1 hour. Place in the refrigerator until chilled through.
  4. Cut into 24 squares. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for one minute. Stir until creamy. Spoon into a plastic baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle over the squares. Let set. Serve with Cool Whip and extra pie filling. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Looking for an awesome dessert to share with friends and family this summer?   This Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie is just what you need.  Layers of pie crust, fudge brownie, and a no bake cookie dough cheesecake will have you drooling in no time.

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Oh, my word!  You guys!!!

I just created the most amazing, most delicious, most crazy good pie!!!  Seriously!!!  It beats everything I have ever made!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

Brownie cheesecake pie has kind of become my thing to make.  You aren’t surprised are you?

There is something about that ooey, gooey, fudge-y brownie topped with a cheesecake that makes me go weak in the knees.  I can’t stop making them…or eating them.  My pants kind of hate me for it!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

It has been a while since the last brownie pie, so last weekend I started brainstorming new crazy creations that would work with the brownie pie.  I also was thinking up some new cookie dough treats to try out.  All of a sudden a lightbulb went off!  Why not marry the two together?

Seriously this was the best idea ever!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

The brownie gets baked in a pie crust first.  Now if you are a domestic queen and love making your own pie crusts…go for it.  It totally will work.  But this pie has quite a few layers and steps, so I went with a refrigerated pie crust.  Anything that saves me time in the kitchen is my friend.  It just means I am one step closer to enjoying a slice of pie.

One more confession…I also used a boxed brownie mix.  My reason…see above.  Feel free to experiment and make your own but your baking times will probably be a little different.  You see I don’t use the directions on the box.  We want this brownie to be rich and fudge-y, so the directions are modified slightly.

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

While the brownie bakes, get started on your cookie dough pieces.  There is no egg in this cookie dough, so it is safe to eat without cooking.  I may have been sampling the dough as I rolled the tiny balls.  One for the pan, one for me.  Reason #2 in this post of why my pants are angry with me.

Make sure you roll the balls smaller than you normally would.  The recipe makes 56 small bites.  Not that biting into a large dough ball chunk is a problem, but we want to have enough to spread out over the entire filling.  Place the cookie dough balls on a wax paper lined tray and place in the freezer.  Leave them there until later.

Let the brownie pie cool completely, then whip up the no bake cheesecake to place on top.  Cream cheese mixed with brown sugar and Cool Whip creates this light fluffy filling that compliments that dark, rich brownie pie so well.

Take the cookie dough bites out of the freezer and cut them in half.  Just trust me!  You want want to spread the cookie dough love around in the pie.  Make sure to set aside 10 balls (20 halves) for the topping. Stir the rest into the cheesecake filling gently, then spoon the filling on top of the cooled brownie.

Top it all off with some mini chocolate chips, Cool Whip swirls, and the extra cookie dough pieces.  Then get ready to face plant!

Seriously!  It is that amazing!

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie - layers of brownie, no bake cheesecake, and cookie dough turn this pie into a decadent dessert

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 - 10 inch pie

Cookie Dough Cheesecake Brownie Pie

Layers of fudge-y brownie pie and a fluffy cookie dough cheesecake is an amazing dessert to end the night with.

Ingredients

For the Brownie Layer
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 egg
For the Cheesecake Layer
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 12 ounce container Cool Whip, divided
For the Cookie Dough Bites
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

  1. Unroll the pie crust according to the package directions. Place in a 10 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Beat the brownie mix, oil, water, and egg until combined. Spoon into the pie crust. Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil to prevent them from burning. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  3. Beat the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Add the flour and milk and beat again. Stir in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Roll into 56 tiny cookie dough bites. Place on a wax paper lined tray and freeze until hard.
  4. Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Fold in 3 cups of Cool Whip.
  5. Cut the cookie dough bites in half. Reserve 10 balls (20 halves for the topping) Stir gently into the cheesecake filling. Spoon the filling gently on top of the cooled brownie.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the pie with the remaining chocolate chips. Top with Cool Whip swirls and the reserved cookie dough bites. Cut into 12 pieces of pie. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Looking for a new breakfast or snack idea?  These Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls are perfect with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

I hope you have enjoyed this fun Banana Split inspired week.  Aimee and I definitely had a blast making you treats that had the traditional banana split flavors incorporated into new and delicious goodies.

I still have a few more recipes that I want to try out.  But after a week of all banana I am ready to change it up a bit in my kitchen.  Be prepared to see a random Banana Split recipe here and there over the next few months though.  #youhavebeenwarned

The rest of the ripe bananas have been frozen for future breakfast smoothies.

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

Speaking of breakfast…we couldn’t have a themed week and not include a breakfast treat, now could we?

I love making easy danishes and rolls as a special breakfast.  And yes, these are considered breakfast and snack around our house.  I also let them eat marshmallow cereal and drink chocolate milk.  Whoops :-)  Now before I get hate mail from you saying that I am horrible for letting my children eat these as breakfast, let me ask you a few questions.

1.  Do you eat donuts and pastries for breakfast sometimes?
2.  Why is soaking pancakes in syrup an acceptable breakfast?
3.  Aren’t some muffins just cupcakes without frosting?
4.  Do you really think my kids eat these kinds of things every single day?

We am a firm believers in moderation and healthy eating.  Fruit and veggies are main staples in our house.  I have had quite a few people tell me how impressed they are that my kids will eat salads for lunch and dinner.  We started them young on these kinds of foods, and they are used to eating healthy food every week.  #theythinkitsnormal

They are also used to a dessert blogger mom who can’t stay away from baking sugar bombs all.the.time.  Teaching them moderation in what they eat has been an important lesson for all of us to practice.  Yes, even me.  Personally I would love to eat sprinkled and chocolate goodness 24/7, but we all know my pants would kill me for that.  Not to mention what does that say to my kids?  “No sweet darling children you must eat your veggies.  Now excuse me while I scarf down this piece of cake.”  Yeah, that’s probably not going to go over so well.

Now that I got that out, let’s make some cheesecake rolls.  Banana Split style!

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls - banana, strawberry, and chocolate wrapped up in a delicious pastry roll

These rolls are really easy to make.  Mix your softened cream cheese with a ripe banana and a little bit of sugar and flour.  Set it in the refrigerator while you get the crescent rolls ready.

Open the can and separate the rolls into 4 rectangles.  There are 8 triangles in each can, but you are going to press 2 triangles together to form a rectangle.  You will use 2 cans of rolls to get 8 rolls total.  Make sure all the seams are pressed together very well.  Try not to press your dough too thin.  We don’t want the cheesecake goodness escaping during baking.

Spoon the cheesecake batter down the center of each roll.  Drop a little bit of strawberry preserves into the cheesecake.  Fold over the dough and press the ends together.  Gently press the center seams together and flip the roll over so the seam is on the bottom.  Bake and let cool.

To finish off these pastries, add some chocolate drizzles and sprinkles.  I mean if you are going to eat a pastry for breakfast, you might as well go all out :-)

Make sure to visit Shugary Sweets and see the fun Banana Split Round Up she has put together.

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Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 cheesecake rolls

Banana Split Cheesecake Rolls

Banana and strawberry inside an easy to make cheesecake roll. Chocolate and sprinkles give it a fun flair.

Ingredients

2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls (8 oz. each)*
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 ripe banana
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together. Mash the banana and add it to the bowl with the flour. Beat until it is all incorporated. Place in the refrigerator.
  2. Open the cans of crescent rolls. Press together 2 rectangles to form a rectangle. You will get 4 rectangles per can. Spoon a large Tablespoon of cheesecake batter down the center. Drop a teaspoon of preserves into the cheesecake. Dot it down the entire length of the roll.
  3. Fold the sides of the crescent roll up and over the batter. Press together the seams on top and at the ends. Flip over gently so the seam is on the bottom.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes. Remove and let cool on the tray for 15-20 minutes. Refrigerate until set.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 15 seconds at a time until melted and creamy. Spoon into a ziplock baggie and cut one tip off. Drizzle over chilled rolls and top with sprinkles. Makes 8 rolls. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.

Notes

*If you can find the seamless crescent dough, use that and cut each can into 4 rectangles.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

This No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert is a keeper for all those hot summer days.  The BEST Banana Split of all times in a no bake cheesecake form.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Let’s talk about the weather for just a minute.

Apparently our summer doesn’t realize what month we are in.  The other day it was cloudy and rainy, then it cleared up and was sunny and 87 degrees.  It was the perfect day to chill out at the pool.  We all came home a little bit red after spending 4 hours in the sun.

The very next day it was only 75 degrees, and I’m thinking it was even colder by the time we went to baseball practice.  I was sitting on the bleachers freezing my buns off because who knew I needed a sweater in July in the midwest.

All in less than 48 hours we had summer and spring!  So not happy I tell you!  This is the month I actually like hot days because it means lots of lazy days at the pool.  I can’t get behind pool days when it is in the 70 something outside.  It just doesn’t seem right to pay money to be cold at the pool.

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Now most of the time in summer you are scorching hot and want nothing to do with baking.  Well, do I have just the recipe for you.  That is if your summer is cooperating more than mine is.

In 20 minutes you can have layers of cheesecake, banana, strawberry, and chocolate pudding on top of an Oreo cookie crust.

How good does that sound to you?  It is definitely a treat worthy of winning round 3 in Banana Split Week.

Now I do have to warn you of a few things:

1.  This dessert is heavy.  No, not the actual food itself.  The pan has some girth to it when you pick it up and move it to the refrigerator.  Have your muscles ready.
2.  You will not be able to stop eating this dessert.  Make it for a picnic where there will be others to share it with because it is dangerous to be around.
3.  Do not attempt to cut this into picture perfect pieces.  I may have butchered half the cake trying to get one piece where you could see the layers of goodness.
4.  This dessert is best eaten within 24-48 hours of making it.  Once you slice strawberries they start to get juicy.  Juicy does not mix well with pudding and cookies.
5.  Did I mention how many slices I ate?  Let’s keep it that way.  Like I said…it’s dangerous.  I’m thinking it’s probably the best Banana Split Dessert EVAH!!  So yeah, beat that!

Make sure you visit Aimee today and see her No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars.  It looks amazing!

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 slices

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 mashed ripe bananas
5 cups Cool Whip, divided
3 sliced ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 - 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk
Oreo cookies, broken in half

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups Oreo crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the mashed bananas and beat again. Slowly mix in 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon onto the crust and spread out.
  3. Place the sliced bananas over the banana cheesecake layer. Top with the strawberry slices.
  4. Whisk together the pudding mixes and milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spoon gently over the strawberry layer. Spread out very carefully. Top with the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip and spread out. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 crumbs. Cut into 24 squares and top each square with an Oreo half. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

This dessert is best served within 24-48 hours of preparing it.

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Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Creamy cinnamon cheesecake gets a fun twist when layered with an apple cookie.  These Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars are a delicious treat for the hot summer months.

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Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

I am so excited to be sharing another delicious apple recipe for Crunch Pak apples with you!

Hot summer days remind me how much I love cheesecake.  The cool creamy texture right out of the refrigerator is awesome after a hot steamy day in the sun.

One of my favorite things to do with cheesecake is to make easy to eat bars.  For this dessert, I sandwiched the cinnamon cheesecake in between layers of cookie dough.  But not just any cookie dough!  This cookie dough has chunks of apples and butterscotch chips.   Butterscotch always gets looked over in my cupboard, even though I love those chips.  The butterscotch and cinnamon was just the right flavor to pair with the apples.

I love having Crunch Pak apples in my refrigerator all the time.  They are the perfect on the go snack for my kids when we get busy.  And I love how easy they are to chop up and throw into my recipes.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

The only thing that I do not like about cheesecake is that it does take a bit of patience before you can dig into these delicious cheesecake bars.

I get so excited when I pull these treats from the oven only to remember that they need some chill time.  Use that time to catch up on your favorite show, read a book, clean the bathrooms (ok, maybe not that one), or go for a run.  Anything to distract yourself from those amazing bars in the kitchen.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

But after one bite into these chewy and creamy cookie bars, you will be so glad you had the patience to wait.   Check out the recipe for these Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars over on the Crunch Pak blog.


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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.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/05/peanut-butter-nutella-cheesecake-bars/

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Peach Pie Cheesecake Parfaits - no bake parfaits are a great fancy dessert for a brunch or a picnic outside

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We had a very chilly month of April, but the past few days of May here have been hot and sticky.     [Read more...]

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Danish

Looking for an easy, but fancy looking breakfast treat for those Mother’s Day brunches coming up?  This Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Danish will wow everyone who tastes it.

Blackberry Lime Cheesecake Danish - blackberry and lime flavors make this cheesecake danish absolutely delicious

Right now I am totally all about the fruit.  I have been buying strawberries, blueberries, apples, and oranges every time I am at the grocery store.  Lately it seems like I have been running to the store last minute just about every day.  One of those trips, I saw a box of blackberries that I had to have.  Never mind that I am seriously not fond of blackberries or raspberries…I think it’s the seeds that I can’t deal with.

The box of blackberries were coming home with me anyway.  As I rounded the corner in the produce section, it hit me.

Lime!!

No, not a real lime, silly.  It was just one of those lightbulb moments!  Lime would make a perfect pairing for those blackberries in my cart.  I backpedaled quickly and grabbed a few limes.     [Read more...]

Rainbow Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a swirl of rainbow colors is a perfect dessert to serve for any party or event.  It is easy to customize it to any theme.

Rainbow Vanilla Cheesecake Bars - vanilla cheesecake with a fun rainbow swirl.  Fun, festive, and perfectly delicious!

 This past weekend we did some spring cleaning around the house and in the backyard.  My husband and the kids worked outside cleaning up sticks, leaves, and junk.  My job was the inside of the house.  I just had to do a regular cleaning to get ready for our life group.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get distracted when you are supposed to be cleaning?   [Read more...]

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Three times the peanut butter makes this Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie one dessert you don’t want to miss.  Make sure you have a glass of milk or cup of coffee ready to wash down this rich, decadent, and truly amazing pie.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - three times the peanut butter makes this cookie pie taste amazing

 I puffy heart love peanut butter.  It is one thing that I could use in baking every single time because I love it that much.

My husband on the other hand must be an alien because he doesn’t like peanut butter as much as me.  He makes faces whenever I say I’m making more peanut butter desserts.  I think it’s that alien side of him trying to get out.

Oh, he eats peanut butter with his apple slices almost every day.  That man has the self control like no one I have ever seen.  He prefers apples to dessert.  What the what?   That’s totally crazy talk!  Now don’t get me wrong here.  I do love apples too…just not for my dessert.  Bring on the pie, candy, and Cool Whip because that’s how I like it!   [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars have a strawberry swirl cheesecake in the center that adds a sweet and creamy texture to these bars.

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars - a delicious and fun lemon bar to celebrate the beginning of warmer weather

 Spring is here!  Can I get a woot woot from the crowd?

Time to open the windows, air out the house, clean those corners, and wipe down the fridge.  There is something so exciting and fun about spring and the newness it brings.  The other day the birds were chirping like crazy outside my window.  It put a smile on my face to hear how happy they sounded.  I am now waiting excitedly for tree buds, green grass, and flowers to start popping up.    Although with the winter we have had, I am sure more snow will head our way before long. [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cheesecake Brownie Pie

It’s that time of year when mint desserts start showing up every where.  This brownie pie has an easy no bake cheesecake on top that will help you give into those mint cravings.

Andes Mint Cheesecake Brownie Pie - brownie pie topped with an amazing no bake mint cheesecake

 Ok, guys, I tried to hold out as long as I could.  But then everyone starting posting mint desserts all over the place.  I gave into peer pressure and made a few fun minty treats too.

I don’t know if it will become a mintapalooza here on the blog or not…depends on how crazy I let myself get.  Right now I have 3 mint goodies that I can’t wait to share with you.  Are you as excited as I am? [Read more...]