This Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars recipe may quite possible descended from Heaven, itself! My goodness… they are seriously amazing! The entire time I was making them… and EATING them, I thought of my sister, Ann of Snap, Edit, Scrap with Ann and Duke. Why, you ask? Well, ’cause she sorta has a thing for anything peanut butter and chocolate related and I could not wait to post this and tease her of course! What on earth are little sisters for? lol neener neener, Ann!
I originally got this recipe off of Pinterest, but I changed it up a bit. So, here is the recipe, you will LOVE it, I promise!
1c of crushed graham cracker crumbs
1 stick of butter, melted
1/4 c brown sugar
pinch of salt
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1c white sugar
1/4c sour cream
2 tsp vanilla (YES…two!)
a bag of mini peanut butter cups… I used a large bag, chopped
12 oz bag of semi sweet choc chips
One hint … you can also buy probably 4 to 6 king sized reg packs…and not have to do this:
Preheat the oven to 350
Combine the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. (I used Pam butter spray on mine just in case and they came out beautifully!). Bake for 10 minutes, take out of the oven and let cool, about 15 minutes.
In a bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly between each. Add sour cream and vanilla, mix until combined. Stir, do not beat, in half of the peanut butter cups. Pour on top of the crust. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on your oven. The main thing is to make sure it is mostly set and only slightly wiggly in the middle when you pull it out.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours for it to completely cool in the middle and finish setting.
Before serving, melt the chocolate chips and use a spoon to drizzle over the cheesecake. Then top with the remaining peanut butter cup chopped pieces.
You can leave Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars out for awhile but it is much better refrigerated. Also, fyi … if you use a cold knife it will cut with much less mess 🙂 Enjoy !