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Today is a super special day!!!!

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake BarsMandy Baby Shower

Surprise! It’s Mandy’s Baby Shower Day! Mandy, from Mandy’s Recipe Box is having a baby next month. And a bunch of us are celebrating her today with a baby shower!

It’s not a party without some sort of dessert, and as you’ll see from the list of ladies throwing this shower, that there is no shortage of that!

Of course, I brought something with a crust. I’m me, right?

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars

I had been thinking of doing a peanut butter cookie crusted cheesecake bar for awhile. Then, last week, Averie made flour-less peanut butter cookies and I remembered how much I love those easy peanut butter cookies. I used to make them so much, and then I had to stop because people were starting to think I was pregnant, even though I wasn’t, because my 5 month old food baby was full of easy peanut butter cookies.

Anyway.

I made an easy peanut butter cookie base, in which I took Averie’s lead and used brown sugar (well, half brown and half white). I love brown sugar in cookies, it makes them soft and wonderful. It’s hard to tell with these bars what it does, because, well, they’re covered with cheesecake. And chocolate chips. And Reese’s Pieces.

Really, these cheesecake bars are a pregnant woman’s dream. They’re any woman’s dream. Soft and crunchy all at the same time, and full of fabulous peanut butter flavor. The easy peanut butter cookie recipe is SO rich in peanut butter flavor because it’s not interrupted with flour and all that other stuff. Mixed with the Reese’s, these are over-the-top peanut buttery.

They’re perfect for any party. Or a Tuesday night. {Whatever, I’m not picky.}

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars

So, happy baby shower day Mandy! I’m so happy for you and your family. Enjoy your special day today!

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 + 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces (or other candy)

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9” baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix peanut butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and 1 egg in a large bowl with a spoon. The dough should come together easily. Press into the bottom of your prepared pan. (Spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking!)
  3. Sprinkle chocolate chips over peanut butter layer.
  4. Beat cream cheese, sour cream, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature. Beat on high with a hand mixer, or use an electric mixer to get all the lumps out (or as many as possible). It’s easier if everything is soft to start with!
  5. Pour cheesecake mixture on top of chocolate chips and spread to coat evenly. Sprinkle with Reese’s Pieces or other desired candy. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until the top just begins to brown. The center will still wiggle a little. Cool at least one hour at room temperature and then refrigerate until completely set, 4 hours or overnight. Slice into bars and serve.
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Check out all the other baby shower goodies for Mandy:

Holly – Life as a Lofthouse – Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Aimee – Shugary Sweets – Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Ashton – Something Swanky – Homemade Pancake Mix
Stephanie – Macaroni and Cheesecake Slush Punch
Nikki – Chef in Training – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muddy Buddies
Hayley – The Domestic Rebel – Cake Batter Oreo Stuffed Funfetti Cookies
Stephanie – Back for Seconds – Frosted Cakey Sugar Cookies
Brandi – The Country Cook – Lemon Pudding Cake
Becca – Crumbs and Chaos – Lemon Pudding
Jocelyn – Inside BruCrew LifeStrawberry Shortcake Fudge

Other peanut butter goodness:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars

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 Peanut Butter Nutella Nutter Butter Pie

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Peanut Butter from friends:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars by Buns In My Oven
Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars by Michelle’s Tasty Creations
Fluffernutter Blondies by Something Swanky

This post may be linked to: Chef in TrainingLil’ LunaBuns In My OvenChic-and-CraftyI’m Lovin’ it FridaysStrut your Stuff SaturdayWeekend Wrap Up PartySundae Scoop Link Partyand all of these too!

66 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars”

  1. Becky posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:39 am (#)

    These sound AMAZING. :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks Becky!

  2. Tash @ The Velvet Moon Baker posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:39 am (#)

    Yum yum yum yum yum – I think this adequatly describes this :D

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks Tash!

  3. Nicole @ OrWhateverYouDo posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:58 am (#)

    Those look amazing! I am a SUCKER for reece’s pieces. LOVE them. I don’t ever bake with them though because we have a peanut allergy in the house, so making something with PB means I have to make something without too. I might just have to tackle that in the near future! Great photos too.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you Nicole! I’d be eating these in secret if I were you. :)

  4. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:55 am (#)

    Love the looks of these!! What a great combo> I love the color scheme of your pictures – so playful and inviting :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Becca!

  5. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:05 am (#)

    Oh please let me be able to reach through my computer screen!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      LOL, thanks Erin!

  6. Lisa @ Wine & Glue posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:09 am (#)

    I looooooooooooove peanut butter. Like I can go through a whole jar of Jiff without actually having used the peanut butter on anything besides a spoon. I actually have to be really careful how often I buy it. *Especially* when I’m pregnant!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      That’s how my husband is. In fact, I made him go buy me a new jar for these because I went to the cabinet and there wasn’t enough left!

  7. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:36 am (#)

    This is such a fun surprise!! I love it and I love you gals for making this such an amazing day! I love these bars and absolutely need them. Like, now. Thanks, Dorothy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I wish we could have all been together for the shower! :)

  8. Sarah E. posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:40 am (#)

    Oh my goodness gracious! More people should have babies because I absolutely adore these virtual showers :) hehe

    Your cheesecake bars look incredible!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:41 am (#)

    Oh my goodness. I want!

  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:44 am (#)

    Thanks for the shoutout about my PB cookies and loving this post. PB, cream cheese, and little Reese’s Pieces…some of my faves right there! And too funny what you said about your 5 mo old food baby :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Unfortunately, it’s still true, lol. :) Thanks Averie!

  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 28, 2013 at 9:05 am (#)

    You don’t have to tell me twice to have a peanut butter cheesecake bar!! Those are so awesome looking! Man how fun would it have been if all of us could have had this shower in person…so many yummy things to try!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      I know! Maybe some day. :)

  12. aimee @ shugarysweets posted on January 28, 2013 at 10:41 am (#)

    Oh man am I wishing we were all together for this baby shower!!! I’d love to sink my teeth into one of these bars!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Totally me too!! :)

  13. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on January 28, 2013 at 10:47 am (#)

    ok… you had me at peanut butter. it’s been 3 days since i last had peanut butter. people better look out. :) Dorothy, I love these girl! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Sally! And you better get on that PB thing. LOL :)

  14. Ashley posted on January 28, 2013 at 11:03 am (#)

    Oh goodness! You are right, these cheesecake bars are ANY woman’s dream. YUM!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Right? LOL Thanks Ashley!

  15. Back For Seconds posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#)

    I love everything about these! Such a great combo, and beautiful shots too! If only we could be eating them together with Mandy.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      I know, right? Thanks Stephanie!

  16. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm (#)

    They are also a :women on mat leave who apparently doesn’t want to lose her baby wieght’s” dream as well. :-P

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 28th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Yeah, especially this woman’s “need to lose the blogging 20″ dream… :)

  17. Jackie posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:12 pm (#)

    These cheesecake bars (yes plural cuz I ate 3!) were amazing Dorothy!

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  19. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#)

    Want. These. Now! These are definitely my dream pregnant or not pregnant! Congrats to Mandy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 am

      LOL, me too! Thanks Jennifer!

  20. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#)

    You’ve got all my favorites covered in this bar. Peanut butter, cheesecake, Reese’s Pieces…yeah, I’ll probably be bringing my 5-month food baby to Austin, just FYI. :-)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Yeah, mine will be 7 months by then…

  21. kristi@ishouldbemoppingthefloor posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm (#)

    Happy Baby Shower to Mandy!! So fun!!
    Dorothy, you totally need to join in the Iron Chef Peanut Butter party, girl!! You’ve got the corner on peanut butter fabulousness!! YUM! Stop by if you can! http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/2013/01/iron-chef-mom-party-peanut-butter.html

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 am

      I know, I need to! Thanks Kristi!

  22. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on January 28, 2013 at 8:13 pm (#)

    I love virtual showers! This looks just wonderful.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 29th, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Thanks Jen!

  23. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on January 29, 2013 at 7:35 am (#)

    Love the soft, chewy peanut butter cookie crust!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 30th, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Jessica!

  24. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on January 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm (#)

    These sound amazing!! My husband would go nuts for these as cheesecake and reese pieces are his two favorite things!:)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 30th, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Mine too!

  25. Ala posted on January 29, 2013 at 8:58 pm (#)

    One word: GALentine’s. These are so going to be on our ridiculously pink and red tables this year! Thanks for sharing, Dorothy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 30th, 2013 at 7:32 am

      That would be so pretty, with the pink and red!

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  27. The HOME GIRL posted on February 2, 2013 at 4:25 am (#)

    WOW! These look wonderful! I’m gonna have to try these soon! This is one of those receipes I’m pretty confident my whole family will love! Thanks so much for sharing this!!! =D

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 2nd, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you! They were definitely a hit! :)

  28. HungryLittleGirl posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:09 am (#)

    Just from reading the title I went “Yes please!” … Now seeing them, I am drooling!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – see you there again this week with more deliciousness :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 4th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you!

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  31. Dana posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm (#)

    Hey Dorothy! Just stopping by and wanted to say I think your blog is adorable! { I too adore Chandler Bing}! Your photos are gorgeous! I have always had a soft spot for reeses pieces. I can’t not get them at a movie theatre; they just make plain old sense!
    And these bars look insane! I’m totally making these this weekend! Looking forward to checking out more of your desserts!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 26th, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Thank you Dana! I have a soft spot for them too! :)

  32. Ikhlas posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:51 am (#)

    These look to die for, Dorothy!! I love sour cream in cheese cake, and the idea of PB in cheese cake sounds heavenly! Can’t wait to try these out :D

    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 29th, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Thanks so much! I still crave these!

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  35. Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling posted on July 16, 2013 at 11:31 am (#)

    You had me at peanut butter…..the cheesecake is just a bonus!! These look AMAZING!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on July 17th, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Thanks Cathy!

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