Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

Sarah Grossett | The Gold Lining Girl Updated

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake is pure chocolate peanut butter cheesecake heaven. Now this is a showstopper dessert!

What can I say about this cheesecake that probably hasn’t already been said before in my millions of recipes featuring chocolatepeanut butter, and peanut butter cups?

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It features a thick brownie bottom, luscious peanut butter cheesecake filling, it’s loaded with Reese’s cups, and it’s oozing with milk chocolate ganache on top.

Basically, it’s heaven.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake Picture

No, seriously. It’s heaven. And not just chocolate and peanut butter heaven, but actual heaven.

I have other extremely heavenly chocolate and peanut butter recipes, but this one is right near the top if you asked me to choose a favorite.

First of all, I’ve made plenty of brownie-bottom cheesecakes, and my basic brownie-bottom cheesecake recipe is a staple for me.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake Image

It’s an entire pan of brownies as the crust – I’ve made it with mint chocolate chip cheesecake on top, pumpkin cheesecake, and black forest cheesecake.

It’s such a versatile recipe, and a cheesecake with a brownie base is always a hit. The crust is almost an inch thick!

The peanut butter cheesecake layer is also tried-and-true, and foolproof. I’ve used it before in other recipes, and it’s creamy, rich, and full of peanut butter flavor.

I crammed it with about two dozen mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, so it’s a pretty outrageous layer of cheesecake, all in all!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake Pic

Then the cheesecake is drenched in milk chocolate ganache, and covered with about a dozen more mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. That’s my kind of garnish.

For all the layers it has, this Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake recipe is actually super simple to make.

It’ll be a bit time-consuming, but it’s mostly in idle baking time, and the manual labor is very minimal!

It’s truly very simple. The crust starts with box brownie mix, the cheesecake layer is only a handful of ingredients, and the milk chocolate ganache comes together quickly with a minute or two in the microwave.

The result is a serious show-stopper!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake Recipe

    12 Servings

Ingredients

For Brownie Layer:
  • 1 box Brownie Mix, Like Betty Crocker Original Supreme w/ Hershey's Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips
For Cheesecake Layer:
  • 3 8 ounce packages Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, At room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 24 Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chopped
For Ganache and Topping:
  • 1 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 16 Miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chopped

Directions

To Make the Brownie Layer:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together brownie mix, oil, water, and egg.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spread batter into the bottom of a well-greased 9-inch springform pan.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the side comes out with moist crumbs.
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake layer.

To Make the Cheesecake Layer:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add sugar, and beat until combined.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Beat in vanilla and creamy peanut butter.
  5. Fold in chopped Reese's cups.
  6. Pour batter evenly over brownie layer.
  7. Return to oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown, and the center is slightly jiggly.
  8. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  9. Run a knife around the edge, and release the sides of the pan to remove cheesecake.

For the Ganache and Topping:

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, heavy cream, and butter.
  2. Microwave on high at 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Pour ganache over cooled cheesecake.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped peanut butter cups.
  5. Allow 10-15 minutes for ganache to set. Cut and serve.

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Author: Sarah Grossett
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Total Time: 90 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 395
Calories 870

% Daily Value*
76%
Total Fat 49g
92%
  Saturated Fat 18g
18%
Sodium 434mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate 91g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 74g
38%
Protein 19g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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Sarah has an affinity for shiny golden objects, hence the name of her blog: The Gold Lining Girl. Peanut Butter's the one thing she'd take to a desert island, so it's only right that she's our Peanut Butter Fanatic!