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. And 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.

AHHHKNOW!

 

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.

Cantstopwontstop.

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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…

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake | www.cookiesandcups.comIt will be a light pretty color…

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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 | www.cookiesandcups.com

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.

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake | www.cookiesandcups.comAnd then FINALLY drizzle the last of the hot fudge sauce on…

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Waiting is the hardest part, isn’t it?

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cheesecake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 19 1/2 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
  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 peanut butter cups, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Bake brownies according to package directions, allow to cool completely.
  2. When brownies are cooled cut into bars. Remove 3/4 of the bars from the pan and press into the base of a 9″ Springform pan. Set the remaining 1/4 of the brownies aside.
  3. Heat hot fudge sauce for 30 seconds and then spread 3/4 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.

Notes:

Store airtight in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Midwest Living

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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59 Responses
  1. 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. 😉

  2. Crystal

    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!

  3. Dawn Moore

    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!!!!

    1. Shelly

      That is so fantastic! I wish there was an online link to the recipe, so I could link back! I bought the whole magazine based on that recipe alone. It was absolutely fantastic!

  4. 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! 🙂

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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