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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is for you. Rich chocolaty brownie peanut butter cheesecake goodness should be on your must make list.

slice of brownie tart filled with peanut butter cheesecake and topped with ganache and chopped peanut butter cups

      Take a layer of  chocolate brownies 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!

       I apologize for taking so long to share this recipe with you. I actually made it the first couple of times a couple of years ago.

     My sister was getting married and had a small reception for family at my parents' house. I got to be the dessert caterer for the event!

full peanut butter cheesecake brownies in tart pan

     She requested a plain cheesecake with a variety of toppings as the main dessert.  In addition they requested an assortment of desserts.

      My mom and sister emailed me a variety of links for inspiration and I took bits and pieces of a few of them to create this fabulous creation.

    It was a smash hit at the wedding,  so I knew I should share it with you. But here we are, my sister has had two babies already and I haven't shared the recipe yet.

first slice of peanut butter cheesecake brownies being removed from dessert

      I promise I wasn't selfishly keeping it to myself. Actually what happened is my notes were written on the back of an envelope and it ended up in the junk drawer.

      I know, that makes me sound like an organizational wizard! (At least I'm not trying to share cleaning tips with you!)

       I came across the recipe notes and figured I had better make it again right away while I had them.... who knows where they may end up otherwise!

      Luckily I had just enough chicken scratch on that envelope to piece the recipe together and the results were as good as I remembered! It is rich and decadent but so good and worth every calorie.

slice of peanut butter cheesecake brownies on plate with the rest of the dessert behind it

      The mix of super chocolaty brownie and peanut butter cheesecake is always a winner. This makes that combination a bit easier than the buckeye cheesecake.

      I baked this is a 12 inch tart pan because I love the ruffled edge. However, don't despair if you don't have one.

     You could very easily make your showstopper dessert in a 12 inch skillet, a 9x13" pan or two 9" cake pans or pie plates. No matter what you bake it in, it is sure to be amazing!

bite of peanut butter cheesecake brownies on fork

More fabulous peanut butter and chocolate desserts:

slice of peanut butter cheesecake brownie tart on plate with fork

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.
  • Any brownie mix will do, just make sure it's sized for a 9x13" pan.
  • You can use two pie plates, two 9 inch cake pans, a 9x13" pan, or a 12" oven safe skillet if you don't have a 12" tart pan.

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Yield: 16 servings

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is for you. Rich chocolaty brownie peanut butter cheesecake goodness should be on your must make list.
prep time: 20 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 60 mins


  • 1 19.5 ounce brownie mix plus the ingredients listed on the box
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 12 ounces milk cocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups


  1. 1. Preaheat the oven to 350F and grease your baking pan. (a 12" round, 9x13, or two 9 inch pie plates or cake pans)
  2. 2. Mix together the brownie mix and the ingredients listed on the box. Pour into the prepared pan.
  3. 3. Beat the cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Add the peanut butter and continue to beat until incorporated and smooth.
  4. 4. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk and egg, stirring until smooth and incorporated.
  5. 5. Spread the peanut butter mixture over the brownie mixture, leaving a gap around the edges for a crust.
  6. 6. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  7. 7. 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. 
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If you are a chocolate and peanut butter lover, this is for you. Rich chocolaty brownie peanut butter cheesecake goodness should be on your must make list.


  1. Oh the ooohs and ahhhhs that will come from my family when I make this! Brownie Bliss!

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

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

  3. Your Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies look amazing! Hope you have a great Valentine Week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  4. 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!


    1. 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

  5. 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!

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

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


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