A cakey cookie base is topped with pb cups, cheesecake filling, and topped with pb chips and chocolate! These Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars are easy to make and addicting!
I can’t even begin to tell you how many of my recipes are a result of trying to use up an ingredient in my fridge. I HATE wasting food, but I’m constantly buying something for a recipe and then only using part of it.
Ex: milk. I will buy milk to make muffins, and then I have an entire carton to use up! (TheBetterHalf and I both hate to drink milk).
So this recipe came about because I had exactly 5 oz of cream cheese to use up! And I conveniently had 3 king size packs of Reese’s peanut butter cups (I can’t resist things that are on sale). And thus, Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars were born!
These peanut butter cup cheesecake bars were a dangerous discovery. They are way too easy to make, and way too delicious! I kept going back for just one more bite…ok just one more little sliver – and suddenly half the pan was gone. Whoops!!
The bars are made in layers, like this:
On the bottom is a simple cake/cookie crust. It tastes like a sugar cookie but has a slightly cakier texture. It is the perfect crust for a bar like this, because it doesn’t crumble when you bite into it (the way oreo and graham cracker crusts can), but it is substantial enough to hold the peanut butter cup cheesecake mixture!
Next layer is the peanut butter cups! I used 9, but if you wanted to squeeze in 12 that would work too! I was going to use 12 but a little mouse (ahem TheBetterHalf) ate some of my Reese’s and I only had 9.
Then comes the cheesecake mixture, using exactly 5 oz of cream cheese! (Use the other 3 oz to make these!)
And then finally, top it all with some chopped chocolate and peanut butter chips, just to reinforce the peanut butter part of the peanut butter cup cheesecake bars!
These are so ooey-gooey delicious!!
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