Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

18 Jul

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Are you a TV or a movie person? And what does that say about who you really are? (I’m getting deep today, folks.)

I, myself, am a TV person. Ask any of my friends or family, and they’ll tell you this immediately. It’s not that I don’t like movies, but they just end so fast. Yeah, yeah, there’s the whole story arc and it all ties up neatly, but I want MORE, and that’s where TV really pulls through. Episode after episode keeps me quite content.

I have a wide range of TV tastes, too. I don’t limit myself to one genre. I like award-winning, thought-provoking series as much as the next critic, but I also love me some trashy reality TV (not too terribly trashy, mind you).

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

When someone asks me what TV shows I watch, I clam up. This seemingly harmless question actually feels quite revealing. What will they think of me now that they know? Will they like me more or dismiss me altogether? Hence, the clamming.

Anyone else find themselves in this predicament?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Now, what does this Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars recipe say about me? It says, I like peanut butter. I like cheesecake. I like cookies. I like over-the-top combinations.Ā I’m OK with this recipe saying all that. More than OK, actually. They’re legit, over-the-top cookie bars. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Stir together cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Press half of the cookie dough into the pan, and cover with cheesecake layer.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Press small pieces of remaining cookie dough lightly onto cheesecake layer.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Keep pressing cookie dough on until cheesecake layer is completely covered.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

The final product!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Makes 16 bars


For the cookie dough:
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips
1 cup Hershey’s baking melts (I used milk chocolate chips)
For the cheesecake:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. To make the cookie dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well mixed. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add the flour all at once, and sprinkle on the salt and baking soda. Stir by hand to combine. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Press half of the dough into an ungreased 8-x-8″ pan.

To make the cheesecake, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the egg, beat well. Stir in the peanut butter, and mix well. Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the cookie dough layer.

With the remaining cookie dough, press pieces lightly on top of the cheesecake layer, one at a time, until the cheesecake layer is completely covered. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the cookie dough top is light golden brown. (My new oven is extra hot, so mine got a little darker than preferable.) Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Adapted from Inside BruCrew Life

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6 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars”

  1. Tess July 19, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    I am speechless! These look amazing!

    So, what shows DO you watch? šŸ™‚

    • Adrianne July 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      Classified, Tess, classified! You know more than most!

  2. Melody July 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Ha! I came here to say the same thing: Spill it, Adrianne. What do you watch?

  3. Zach Robertson July 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    They look great! Perhaps I’ll make these for work one day…

  4. Mom July 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I can’t wait to try these over-the-top indulgences! You know MY favorite TV shows, because you are my number-one- recommender! So, thanks on both accounts!

  5. Adrianne July 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    OK, Tess and Melody. If I must, here are a few good uns: Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, The Good Wife, Mad Men, The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, The Big Brain Theory (shout-out to the famous Amy), The Walking Dead…the list could go on. Gulp.

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