Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake

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This Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake is a show stopper! And what’s so fantastic is it’s remarkably easy!

How was your holiday??

I’m back after a 2 week break.

It was really fantastic, I have to say…


I baked for my family and didn’t take ONE. SINGLE. PICTURE.

While that might not seem like a huge deal to most of you…to me, it’s everything.

As you can imagine why.


BUT after all that time off I am ready.

SO ready.


Which is why we’re starting the year off with this bad boy.

I could go the way of all the rest and serve you up some skinny-alternate version of dessert…but seriously.  What’s the point?  It’s like non-alcoholic beer.

So we’re hitting it hard this January with a cake that weighs 14 pounds and is guaranteed not to make your jeans fit any better.

But it will make you happy, I can guarantee that.


It’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake.

And it’s essentially a no-bake cheesecake, layered with brownies and hot fudge and topped with a squigillion peanut butter cups.



I actually made this to take to a New Year’s Eve Party, which is good in theory…except, I didn’t allow for the chill time and couldn’t take “staged” pictures of the final product.

So the first and last photo were taken in the middle of my friend’s kitchen, while seventy hundred children almost ate my face waiting to get a piece.

Kids and dessert are no joke.

I thought about making this again to take better “slice” pictures, but I’m lazy.  That’s me.


Let’s talk how…(and please enjoy the pretty process pictures)

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Bake some brownies.  I used a box mix, but if you want to use a “from scratch recipe” go right ahead.  My fudgy brownies are delicious!


Allow them to cool completely and then cut them into bars.

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Remove 3/4 of the brownies from the pan and press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan.  This will serve as your base.


Next up beat some peanut butter and cream cheese together.  Oh yeah and some sweetened condensed milk.


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Then make some whipped cream.  YES…MAKE WHIPPED CREAM.  Don’t you even think of subbing in Cool Whip here peeps. Do it up proper.


Also, this stinker always shows up right around the time my stiff peaks are formin’.  He’s got whipped cream Spidey senses.

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Fold all but 1 cup of that whipped cream into the peanut butter mixture…

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Then grab your hot fudge sauce…

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Heat it up if necessary and pour about 3/4 cup on top of your brownie base…

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Top that with half of your peanut butter mixture…

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Then grab the remaining brownies.

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Cut them into pieces.

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And sprinkle them all over the layer of peanut butter cheesecakey-ness…Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake |

Almost there.

Top that with the last of the peanut butter stuff…

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And then top that with the remaining whipped cream.Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake | www.cookiesandcups.comIt just keeps getting better.

Grab your peanut butter cups and choppity chop chop them.

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake | www.cookiesandcups.comAdd those to the top.

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Waiting is the hardest part, isn’t it?

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake
  • 1 19½ oz brownie mix (prepared in 9x13 pan according to package directions)
  • 1 cup hot fudge sauce, divided
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped
  1. Bake brownies according to package directions, allow to cool completely.
  2. When brownies are cooled cut into bars. Remove ¾ of the bars from the pan and press into the base of a 9" Springform pan. Set the remaining ¼ of the brownies aside.
  3. Heat hot fudge sauce for 30 seconds and then spread ¾ cup onto brownie base. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and combined. Add in sweetened condensed milk and mix until evenly incorporated.
  5. In another bowl combine heavy cream and powdered sugar and beat on high until stiff peaks form. Reserve 1 cup of whipped cream and set aside. Fold remaining whipped cream into peanut butter mixture until smooth and evenly combined.
  6. Spread half of peanut butter mixture on top of brownie base. Crumble remaining brownies and sprinkle them on top of peanut butter mixture. Top with remaining peanut butter mixture and finally remaining whipped cream.
  7. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top and drizzle with remaining hot fudge sauce.
  8. Chill for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best.
  9. Remove sides of Springform pan when ready to serve.
Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Midwest Living


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58 Comments on "Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake"


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Averie @ Averie Cooks
January 5, 2014 7:38 pm

Welcome back and this is sure a showstopper! PB + choc, over and over, yeah, I’m totally sold!

And how GREAT must that have been to bake *for your family* and not photograph it. GOOD FOR YOU!

January 5, 2014 8:05 pm

And there goes my resolution! Looks fantastic!

January 5, 2014 8:24 pm

Oh dear me! You came back with a bang 🙂

Sarah Toasty
January 5, 2014 8:29 pm

Now I just need to figure out how to make this in mini… Looks amazing!

Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent
January 5, 2014 8:52 pm

I had to laugh about the no picture comment and making food. I sometimes feel guilty when my husband says can we eat this now. This dessert looks to decadent for words. Love!

January 5, 2014 11:02 pm

And you are back with a BANG!! It sure must have been really nice to bake and NOT take pictures. Oh I need to do this more! I am really happy you are back though!! This cheesecake is pretty darn epic. Brownies, peanut cups and fudge sauce!! Nothing better! 🙂

Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
January 5, 2014 11:58 pm

Holy oh my goodness..14 pounds? And yes, cooking without pics, what’s that?

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting
January 5, 2014 11:59 pm

This is why I love your blog. All sugar, all the time.

annie @ chase that i love
January 6, 2014 12:10 am

Welcome back! I missed you like uhh……like chocolate misses peanut butter.

Now I wish there were still some pb cups left at the bottom of the stocking.

Mimi @ Culinary Couture
January 6, 2014 12:14 am

Hello 2014! What a dessert to bring in the new year!

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life
January 6, 2014 12:56 am

I love that you came back with a huge over the top amazing cheesecake! This is one incredible looking dessert! Hello, dessert love!!!

Emily @ Life on Food
January 6, 2014 6:47 am

Well I guess it really is go big or go home. This is a massive cheesecake. I don’t know how you managed to not snag any of the chopped peanut butter cups while you were waiting to serve.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
January 6, 2014 10:01 am

I didn’t take a whole lotta photos either! So weird, but thank goodness you managed to get this one! I WANT THIS CAKE!

Cookbook Queen
January 6, 2014 10:29 am

Yes. PERFECTION!! In your face, January!!

Jennifer | Bake or Break
January 6, 2014 10:50 am

Oh, yeah. That’s what I’m talking about.

Dawn Moore
Dawn Moore
January 6, 2014 10:56 am

I’ve been following your blog for awhile and could not believe my eyes when I saw my recipe feature today. Awesomeness!!! I created this recipe for a Midwest Living recipe contest and won a trip to Branson, MO for a cook-off. Ultimately, I didn’t win…but it is fantastic recipe, isn’t it! So honored to have it featured on your fantastic blog!!!!

January 6, 2014 11:28 am

Wow this looks good! I can’t make it though, I would eat way too much, lol. If you don’t mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. 🙂

January 6, 2014 12:06 pm

I never made myself a birthday cake this year9or I guess last, now) because I had a procedure done the day before that put me out for a week (and I don’t trust my husband to make something, I mean come on, if you want something done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself!). I think I need to relive my birthday week and make this bad boy!

January 6, 2014 1:21 pm

Well, this is just amazing in every possible way.

The Goodie Girl
January 6, 2014 2:23 pm

Woah woah woah!! Amazingness! All of my favorite things in one pan! Brownies, peanut butter, whipped cream AND PB Cups?!?!?! It’s a dream!
Can’t wait to try!

January 6, 2014 2:25 pm

Delicious Beautiful Goodness.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie
January 6, 2014 3:21 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one posting crazy decadent desserts after the new year! This looks insanely perfect.

Coco in the Kitchen
January 6, 2014 3:38 pm

This is just over-the-top decadent, just the way I want to start my week!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Wow! Not really sure what else to say. I kind of want to just dive face first into it.

Laura @ Laura

If you twisted my arm, I could eat this 🙂

Shashi @

Oh wow – this is AMAZING! This is guaranteed to make me Happy, and speaking of happy – Happy New Year!

erin m.
erin m.
January 6, 2014 8:22 pm

I want this!!! It looks awesome!

January 6, 2014 10:05 pm

Wow! I’m not sure I have any words! This is fantastic. I’m off to show my husband. He would love, love, love this!

January 6, 2014 10:38 pm

“It’s like non-alcholic beer” Lol…good one.
Love this..everything about this!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker
January 7, 2014 9:19 am

Oh my good god, this is no bake! I would like to eat this IMMEDIATELY.

January 7, 2014 11:48 am

Who needs skinny jeans anyway, right???

Jenny Flake
January 7, 2014 12:49 pm

Ok, this is perfect!! Love Love Love!!

bridget {bake at 350}
January 8, 2014 2:54 pm

oh my GOSH, woman!!! This looks AH-mazing!!! BROWNIE crust?!?

I started 2014 with a cheesecake post, too. Should we just tell StitchFix to send only yoga pants from here on out? 😉

Totally hear you on taking a break from the holidays. I went a WEEK without picking up my dSLR camera…I made things without documenting them at all. It may have been the best week of my life. 😉

January 8, 2014 3:31 pm

Oh wow! I made the same thing a few months back!

January 9, 2014 3:08 am

OMG. This is a fully loaded and wonderfully beautiful cheesecake!! And, yes, don`t mess with kids and their desserts!!

Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar
January 9, 2014 2:15 pm

Sheer dessert perfection! I want to face plant right in there! It looks absolutely amazing Shelly!

Renee @ Awesome on $20
January 10, 2014 1:12 am

Wow, you’re really not foolin’ around, are ya? This looks ridiculous. I’d probably try to eat your face off, too, if you got between me and this cheesecake. Genius!


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Heather Huggins
January 14, 2014 5:55 pm

Thank you I’m so going to try this!

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January 24, 2014 3:59 am

This recipe is quick, simple and very easy. I will surely try it and send over this delicious cheesecake to my family and friends over the weekend. What a brilliant use of peanut butter I must say.

Laura @ Laura
January 25, 2014 3:06 pm

This is a fabulous recipe! Sometimes low fat treats just don’t meet my desert needs!

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June 5, 2014 3:15 pm

OMG! Now how does a girl stay on a diet with that decadent dessert. Again OMG!
I’m always looking for recipes especially dessert recipes to revamp and make low calorie because I have a terrible sweet tooth and I’m definitely going to try this one and your brownie bottom ice cream cake. My biggest weaknesses are cheesecake, ice cream cake, brownies and reese’s cups.

Thank you for the inspiration,

Tonia Tee

July 25, 2014 2:45 pm

Do you know if this freezes? I made it for the second time and want to transport it tomorrow on a five hour drive…So good!

marg olson
marg olson
October 5, 2014 10:10 am

Well, I made this cake and the peanut butter cream cheese layer looks nothing like yours – mine is so smooth and runny, I don’t know how it will stay put, once I remove the springform mold, even after chilling in fridge…..I guess we’ll see……but the texture is very strange…..any ideas on what I might have done differently to you??

January 19, 2015 8:37 am

This cake makes a beautiful presentation. Everyone agreed, though, that it was too much. Guests agreed that hot fudge sauce puts it over the edge. Next time would just layer brownies and peanut butter cheesecake and top with whipped cream. Maybe garnish with a just a piece of peanut butter cup.

February 14, 2015 10:13 pm

Too sweet!! Loved the idea but it was too rich to enjoy. I might try again leaving out the condensed milk and fudge. It’s beautiful and easy but icky sweet.