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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

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Peanut butter cheesecake brownies are every bit as rich and delicious as they sound. A brownie base surrounds a creamy peanut butter and cream cheese filling. Top it off with more chocolate and peanut butter cups for an extra decadent and tasty treat.

Two slices of peanut butter cheesecake brownies stacked on top of each other, showing rich brownie bottom layer, creamy peanut butter cheesecake layer, topped with chocolate ganache and chopped peanut butter cup candies.

Imagine this: take a layer of chocolate brownie and add peanut butter cheesecake. Now cover that with rich ganache and top it all off with chopped peanut butter cups. It’s a rich sinful bite of heaven and you deserve a slice!

If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is the treat for you. They are a bit over the top, but sometimes that is just what you need.

Ingredients including brownie mix, chocolate chips, oil, cream, eggs, peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and Reese's peanut butter cups ready to be made into peanut butter cheesecake brownies.

Making the Brownies

This recipe is built on a batch of family size brownies. Any mix that makes a 9×13-inch pan of brownies will do.

You can also make a homemade brownie mix easily enough and keep it in the pantry for when you need a quick treat. Or use your favorite homemade brownie recipe, just make sure it is sized for the 9×13-inch pan.

Once the brownie batter is in the pan, make a simple peanut butter cheesecake mixture. It only takes a few ingredients.

Just make sure the cream cheese is nice and softened so you don’t end up with lumps. Add the peanut butter, condensed milk, and eggs to make the filling.

Dollop it over the brownie mixture, then gently spread it. I like to leave border of brownie batter around the edges to form a crust when it is baked.

Then pop the whole thing in the oven and bake it until it is set. Once it is cooled, top it with some ganache and chopped peanut butter cups.

Both are totally unnecessary, but oh so good. And we have come this far, so why not go all the way?

More fabulous peanut butter and chocolate desserts:

Tips and Tricks

Be sure your cream cheese has plenty of time to soften and your egg is at room temperature. This prevents lumps in the cheesecake layer and makes it easier to spread.

I’ve made the ganache layer with dark chocolate, semi-sweet and milk chocolate. We prefer the milk chocolate because it goes so well with the peanut butter cups.

Hand holding piece of brownie with peanut butter cheesecake filling, chocolate topping, and chopped peanut butter cup candies on top, ready to eat.

Any brownie mix will do, just make sure it’s sized for a 9×13″ pan. You can even make you own brownie mix and keep it in the pantry for recipes just like this one.

If you are avoiding peanuts, you can use other nut butters, or sunflower butter. Just omit the peanut butter cups on top or use another candy if you prefer.

You can use two pie plates, two 9 inch cake pans, a 9×13″ pan, or a 12″ oven safe skillet, or even a 12″ tart pan.

Because of the cream cheese, it is best to keep these brownies in the refrigerator. Just store them in a pan with a tight fitting lid, or transfer them to an airtight container.

You can freeze extra brownies for longer storage. Just defrost them in the refrigerator overnight and they should be as good as new.

Two slices of peanut butter cheesecake brownies stacked on top of each other, showing rich brownie bottom layer, creamy peanut butter cheesecake layer, topped with chocolate ganache and chopped peanut butter cup candies.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Carlee
Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, these peanut butter cheesecake brownies are for you. The brownies are a perfect base for the rich peanut butter and cream cheese filling. Top it all off with more chocolate and peanut butter cups for an extra decadent treat.
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 503 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 19.5 ounce brownie mix plus the ingredients on the box
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 3 Tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
Makes: 9 x 13inch rectangle

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your baking pan. (a 12 inch round, 9×13, or two 9 inch pie plates or cake pans)
  • Mix together the brownie mix and the ingredients listed on the box. Pour into the prepared pan.
    19.5 ounce brownie mix
  • Beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and continue to beat until incorporated and smooth.
    8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and egg, stirring until smooth and incorporated.
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1 egg
  • Spread the peanut butter mixture over the brownie mixture, leaving a gap around the edges for a crust.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • To make ganache, warm cream and chocolate in microwave in 20-30 second bursts. Stir vigorously between trips to the microwave and stop cooking as soon as you are able to stir it smooth. Spread over cooled peanut butter cheesecake. Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups.
    12 ounces milk chocolate chips, 3 Tablespoons cream, 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups

Nutrition

Serving: 1pieceCalories: 503kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 9gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 255mgPotassium: 273mgFiber: 1gSugar: 46gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mg
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juliepollitt

Wednesday 4th of March 2020

These look amazing, Carlee! I don't know if I'd want to share with anyone after making the recipe! YUMMY!

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Thank you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 24th of February 2019

It's my husbands birthday this week, and I just might have to find a spot in the week to showcase this beauty for him. I know he would love it!

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Mmm! I love that it sounds like he is getting multiple birthday treats! xox Tell him happy birthday from us as well!

Debbie

Tuesday 19th of February 2019

Hi Carlee, oh my! Just looking t this had me taking a slice of gingerbread out of the freezer just to satisfy that sweet tooth of mine. I would have taken out something chocolaty had their been anything... This sounds like cheesecake heaven and we do get brownie mix in a box here! Yay!

xx

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of February 2019

Yay! I am glad you at least had something handy to satisfy your sweet tooth. We are going to have to get some chocolate in that freezer! xo

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

Sunday 10th of February 2019

My husband loves peanut butter cups, so he'd be all over this one, Carlee! #HappinessIsHomemade

Carlee

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Mine does too and it is so delicious. I am sure he'll love it!