You get a double dose of delicious with these double-layered peanut butter cheesecake brownies!
peanut butter cheesecake brownies

I got an almost-kiss when I presented these to the.boy for breakfast yesterday.

Why almost, you ask?

Well, when you are simultaneously trying to shove a brownie in your face whilst trying to kiss your fiance it’s kind of a half-kiss, half-brownie-face-smash, mostly-trying-to-get-as-little-brownie-near-my-mouth-as-possible-lest-he-miss-out-on-a-single-crumb situation.

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However, these are so fantabulous that it is fairly likely (okay 100% chance) that I attempted to catch a bite midair as he was raising them from the pan to his mouth.

Brownie sequestration attempt – thwarted.

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It was truly one of the finest interceptions that I ever did see.

Maybe all this football not-watching is rubbing off on me, after all.

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Or maybe it’s just that the power of the PB+chocolate combo is such that it drives you to do crazy things.

Like almost-kiss your girlfriend.

Or full-on tackle your boyfriend.

Or run home to make a second pan after the first is devoured.

I don’t doubt it.

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One year ago…Flatbread Pizza with Broccoli Rabe and Ricotta

Two years ago…Green Goddess Enchiladas, Quinoa, Fennel and Pomegranate Salad

Three years ago…Pasta with Ruby Chard and Cranberries

Five years ago…Salmon with Lemon, Rosemary and Capers, Brown Rice with Lime, Cilantro, and Jalapeno

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Yield: 16-24 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars

You get a double dose of delicious with these double-layered brownies!

Ingredients

    For the brownies
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For the peanut butter cheesecake
  • 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13-inch baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate for the brownies. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring after each, until both the chocolate and the butter are melted.
  3. Whisk the sugars into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the vanilla and eggs until well-combined. Stir in the flour until it is just incorporated.
  4. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly with an offset spatula. Sprinkle it with the chocolate chips. Set aside while you prepare the peanut butter cheesecake.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in the egg, sugar, salt, and vanilla on high for 2 minutes. Mix in the peanut butter on high for 2 minutes. Pour the cream cheese layer over the brownie layer, spreading it evenly and smoothly until it covers the whole pan.
  6. Bake for 38-42 minutes or until the top is golden and the center is set but still a bit loose, as it will cook more as it cools.
  7. Allow to cool for at least one hour and then cover and refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. Cut into squares and serve.

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78 Responses to Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownie Bars

  1. Sarah Toasty says:

    cheesecake and brownies, outstanding! that would be a great addition to a “big game” snack table, thanks for sharing!

  2. Gosh, these are beautiful, decadent, amazingly delicious looking + every other positive descriptive possible!

  3. I would kiss anyone who served me these brownies! Love!

  4. All I wanted in the world last night was cheesecake (so badly, that I made several Google searches for “drive through cheesecake” with little success) — wish I would’ve had this recipe! Sounds like heaven.

  5. Julia says:

    We’ve got brownies, we’ve got kissing, we’ve got football…I’m not gonna lie, all I can say is my senses are overjoyed by this post. The layering….OH MY GOD, the layering! I’m obsessed with brownies, cheesecake, and peanut butter, so you straight up field goal-ed the crap out of this. I’d go to the end of the earth for a chance to intercept this brownie, mid-air, mid-kiss!

  6. Deena Kakaya says:

    I had to read that title three times or so because it’s incredible in each word! And the pic…your partner is so lucky x

  7. I would marry you too if you tried to feed me these for breakfast!

  8. Seriously all of my favorite things in one bar! I love it all!

  9. Lynn says:

    I read somewhere that one isn’t supposed to say “yum” on food blog comments, but seriously? YUM! I would make these, except too many of them might be eaten by only me. :)

  10. *I* would kiss you for these. Just sayin’.

  11. I’m with Amy, I would kiss you for these bars. So amazing!

  12. I’m with Amy, I would kiss you for these bars. So amazing!

  13. danielle says:

    I need this now – but I may eat the entire tray!

  14. Breakfast?! WOO HOO! Haha, I’d almost-kiss you too if you presented me with these! They look freaking perfect.

  15. First of all, excellent breakfast choice. Secondly, I am now looking at my yogurt and granola with disdain.

  16. sandra says:

    hilarious – your interception attempt. Much kudos to your efforts!!

  17. SallyBR says:

    Interception… football… gotta share a quick confession… when I first started to watch football with Phil, I kept saying “intervention” and he never corrected me, preferred to laugh his ass off inside his mind (the phrase sounds odd, but that’s exactly what he did)

  18. My mouth is agape just looking at these. I think it’s also preparing to eat a whole pan in one bite.

  19. Haha, I don’t blame him for shoveling these into his mouth! I would probably do the same!

  20. This is a heavenly combination of flavours, Joanne. Totally irresistible!

  21. just from the title of the post, I knew i was going to love it..and now I cant wait to try it.

  22. I would intercept anybody who tries to get in my way and one of these brownies.

  23. Tara says:

    How do your recipes come out so amazing each and every time? Coming here is like coming to food heaven!

  24. Kristi says:

    Since I’m off on actual weekend, and that makes me feel like I have to bake the whole time I believe I need to stop at the store on my way home to get come cream cheese.

  25. Kate says:

    My cookie/brownie baking has been out of control lately. I literally have some form of baked treat on every counter in my kitchen!

  26. Meg says:

    Peanut butter and chocolate — is there any finer combination? I can just imagine sinking my teeth into this one . . . and how glorious it would be! :)

  27. Ayesha says:

    these look so scrummy. Just glad you shared! :)

  28. I could use a couple of these to get through the rest of this week! Love how rich and decadent these look!

  29. Teffy says:

    Looks so so good!
    I love anything with peanut butter, and when you add chocolate, I am destined to love it!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  30. Eileen says:

    I could certainly go for a few of these right about now. When your week is crazy, go for sugar! Er, yeah. That’s always a good idea, right? :)

  31. ahhh pretty sure THIS is the pb chocolate creation i’ll make for my sister’s bday this year!

  32. Love this chocolate/peanut butter combo! Plus cheesecake? SWOON!

  33. Omg omg omg peanut butter, cheesecake, and brownies. Got my fat pants on and I’m ready to bake!

  34. Oh my goodness these look amazing! They sure wouldn’t last around here!!

  35. yeah…these bars are simply awesome!

  36. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds like a youtube moment (oh where did those kodak moments go!) – and those brownies sound amazing – you probably didn’t need to eat for the rest of the day – for how could anything else taste as good (and yes you probably needed to eat the whole panful)

  37. I saw these on Flickr and couldn’t wait to come back and see the details!

  38. P says:

    The PB+Choco combo is deadly! These look dangerously delicious!!!

  39. Good gosh. I’m surprised you got any kiss at all with these being a central mouth focus!

  40. Girl you got my attention with these! I need them in my life, like NOW! YUMMMMMMM! I think I need to make them tonight, like seriously!

  41. Barbara says:

    Peanut butter cheesecake? Whoa! I’m loving that. I’d probably eat the tops first…

  42. I want one right now! A brownie that is :)

  43. I absolutely love peanut butter cup so these are my kind of bars – for sure !! And you made them with cream cheese with a brownie crust – love love love !!

  44. Lisa says:

    I’ve been in the mood for baking and now I am especially inspired. Nothing like peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious. And then the cream cheese!

  45. Oh my goodness. I would tackle anyone to get at these! I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo :)

  46. Oh maaaaaaaan, these brownies look amazing! Peanut butter cheesecake AND chocolate? I’m in!

  47. Ahh, yes. Cheesecake, brownie, peanut butter…I can die happily now. Hilarious about you and your fiancé though, and your tackling skills :) .

  48. These cheesecake bars look and sound fabulous!

  49. cquek says:

    The colour and the ingredients have my mouth watering.

  50. There are few things better than the peanut and chocolate combo. They look amazing :)

  51. Kathryn says:

    Hello! I think these would pretty much be my favourite thing ever. Not sure I could be trusted with a pan of them frankly…

  52. Shannon says:

    ooh man, these look so delicious. and right up my alley. getinmybelly!

  53. Jess says:

    Joanne, these sound amazing! Cheesecake and brownies- I need to try these soon!

  54. Seriously! I want to full-on tackle a pan of these…they are magnificent. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t suppose you’d have any left on Tuesday… ;)

  55. Tracy says:

    They sound completely fabulous!

  56. Hotly Spiced says:

    These look amazing. How yummy. And beautifully presented too. I’ll pin them xx

  57. ramblingtart says:

    Lordy those look and sound amazing!! I will have to make these for Bear one day soon. :-)

  58. Monet says:

    My best friend and I would go to this small coffee shop every Wednesday night during our freshmen year of college. We’d order two peanut butter brownies…which remind me of these lovely cheesecake bars. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe. I hope you have a wonderful start to your week, Joanne!

  59. Jessie says:

    I was just laughing to myself, imagining you diving through the air to intercept a bite of these delectable brownie bar, when I was like wait. That’s totally what I would do. There’s a quote out there about eating being an indoor sport. Never so more than now ;)

  60. grace says:

    good ol’ skippy. :)
    this is the most delicious combination of ingredients at its very best!

  61. Julie says:

    I made these over the weekend and they were absolutely fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly… they came out looking and tasting divine. Definitely saving this one.

  62. Peanut butter and chocolate always makes me act crazy but in a good way:-)

  63. Reeni says:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. These look incredible! My favorite dessert combo never looked better! I’d be face diving, half tackling and doing whatever else it took to get these in my mouth.

  64. Heather M says:

    These look amazing. Cheesecake brownies are a favorite here. I need to try them.Love the post surrounding all the to-die-for-delicious pictures too.

  65. Um, I SO Need these bars!!! I love that you didn’t just swirl the pb cheesecake part, but gave it its very own layer! YUM.

  66. This looks divine Joanne.. I can’t believe you post as much as you do and you are in Med school. I feel like I can’t manage my time well. I think you should do a post on what you do for an entire week just so I can see how you manage your time. You’re brilliant!

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  68. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Peanut butter, cheesecake, and brownie?!?!?! Talk about irresistible! I can’t wait to make this :)

  69. Lori says:

    Aside from all the kissing, what caught my attention was having these for breakfast. Likely because my husband just mentioned that we’ll be having the cheesecake I have to make on Friday for breakfast on Saturday. I don’t plan to argue and I might make a batch of these to have, too. They look amazing!

  70. Stacey Evans says:

    Hi, these look amazing! My husband loves cheesecake, and I love chocolate and peanut butter, sounds like a fabulous combination. I will make these for him for Valentines day.

  71. KRISTIN Thomas says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! these are my new favorites!!! OMG! NUM!

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