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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars begin with a cake mix for a simple peanut butter dessert that is decadent and delicious! Simple cheesecake recipe made with peanut butter, peanuts and a few other basic ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
Servings: 24
Calories: 260kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 pkg 8 oz each cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter or creamy works too!
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup salted roasted peanuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Beat cake mix and butter in large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until well mixed. Mixture will be crumbly. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture in a medium bowl. Evenly press the remaining dough into a greased 9X13 pan.
  • Bake 10 minutes and then cool in the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together for 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs. Add sugar and continue to beat for another 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Spoon the filling over the cooled crust and evenly spread with a rubber spatula or knife.
  • Add the peanuts to the reserved cake mix mixture and mix well. Sprinkle over the cheesecake filling.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or just until the filling is set. Cool for 30 minutes and then place the bars in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • If desired, make a chocolate drizzle for the top of the cheesecake bars. In a small glass bowl, combine 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 Tbsp shortening. Microwave for 40 seconds and then stir. Microwave for another 20 seconds and then stir until smooth. Spoon into a ziplock bag and snip a small hole in the corner. Drizzle the chocolate all over the bars before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg