Peanut butter cheesecake cookie bars combine soft peanut butter cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling studded with peanut butter morsels.
Hands up if you are a peanut butter lover? How about cheesecake? Or cookies? If you like all three, get ready to sing, “Glory,” because this peanut butter cheesecake bar recipe is going to blow you away! It combines the best of all 3 desserts to make a dessert bar that’s simultaneously chewy and creamy. If the flavor and texture don’t blow you away, did I mention that every bite just melts in your mouth?
Okay, let’s break down the layers and the simple 6 ingredients so you know what’s in store. First, there’s the cream cheese filling, which is sweetened with vanilla, condensed milk, and peanut butter chips. The cheesecake filling is in the middle of two layers of Reese’s peanut butter cookie dough.
It may seem complicated because it’s 3 desserts in 1, but this is such an easy recipe to throw together, even at the end of a long day. All you have to do is mix the wet ingredients together, separate the cookie dough, and layer the dish. Then bake and it will be ready to eat in under an hour. It’s the perfect combination of cookie and cheesecake with all that delicious peanut butter flavor (because you can never have enough).
If you need another reason to love this recipe, these peanut butter cheesecake bars also travel and pack well, too, so I highly recommend taking them to your next party, picnic, or potluck.
- Cream cheese (check out our easy recipe for homemade cream cheese here).
- Vanilla extract
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Peanut butter cookie dough
- Peanut butter chips
How to Make Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Place softened cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Most recipes would tell you to beat it until it is fluffy, but here I want you to beat it until it blends together in submission to your supreme cooking will.
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With the sweetened condensed milk, you’ll have some leftovers from this. I’ve heard it is absolutely decadent in your coffee!
Add in peanut butter chips.
Stir those in until well mixed.
The next step is to divide your peanut butter cookie dough in half (I do this quite literally).
Pat half of the cookie dough into the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish that you have greased with cooking spray.
If you wet your hand, it will pat this out really easily and the dough won’t stick.
Pour your yummy cream cheese mixture over the top of the dough.
Take the other half of your dough and break off little pieces of it to put on top until you don’t have any dough left.
Now, bake your peanut butter cheesecake cookie bars at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until it is golden brown on top.
Cool (if you want), cut, serve, and ENJOY!
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.
- For extra peanut flavor, add 1/2 of creamy peanut butter or 1/2 cup of crushed Reese’s pieces to the cream cheese mixture.
- Another option is to add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the cheesecake filling or drizzle the bars with to make .
You may also like these cookie bar recipes:
- 1 16-ounce roll peanut butter cookie dough
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Grease an 8x8 pan and set it aside.
- In a mixing bowl, place softened cream cheese, egg, vanilla extract, and sweetened condensed milk. Beat cream cheese mixture until smooth and creamy, then stir in the peanut butter chips.8 ounces softened cream cheese, 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Pat half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the prepared pan (wet your hands and it will be easier). Pour the peanut butter cheesecake layer on top.1 16-ounce roll peanut butter cookie dough
- Break up the remaining cookie dough and scatter it on top of the cream cheese layer in the pan.
- Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown on top.
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