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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Bars

A delicious recipe for cheesecake bars bursting with chocolate and peanut butter. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake, chocolate, peanut butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 Bars
Calories 990 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Cups peanut butter sandwich cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter melted
  • 4 8oz/250g cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/4 Cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate melted and cooled
  • 1 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 Cup sour cream
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Crust:

    In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs, flour, and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan and freeze.

  2. Filling:

    In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until very smooth, for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. With the mixer running, pour in melted chocolate in a steady stream. Mix in peanut butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Fold in chocolate chunks by hand.

    Pour over frozen crust, smoothing out to sides of the pan. Bake in preheated oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool on the counter for 10 minutes (do not turn the oven off). The cake will sink slightly.

  3. Topping:

    In a bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, peanut butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Pour into center of cooled cake and spread out to edges. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks. Bake for 5 minutes more. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into bars.