Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
|16 bars||45 minutes|
- 2 sticks (226 g) butter
- 1 cup (198 g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (213 g) brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 0.5 cup (42 g) cocoa powder
- 0.75 tsp salt
- 1 18-oz brick cream cheese
- 0.5 cup (68 g) peanut butter
- 0.5 cup (99 g) granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- 0.5 cup Reese's Pieces
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 9x13-inch pan
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, 1 cup sugar, and the brown sugar until they're light and fluffy. Mix in 2 of the eggs.
In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to form a soft dough.
Press the dough into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove it from the oven and set it aside as you make the topping.
In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1/2 cup sugar. Whip the mixture to combine, then mix in the remaining 2 eggs. Mix until smooth.
Pour the topping over the prepared base and return the pan to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes, until slightly jiggly.
Remove the bars from the oven and set aside to cool.
Top the bars with chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Reese's Pieces. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Drizzle the top of the bars with the melted peanut butter.
Allow the bars to fully cool and set for 1 hour before cutting and serving.