Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars.

Thick peanut butter cheesecake filling on top of a salty pretzel crust, stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a chocolate drizzle on top.

Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars. All of my favorites in one! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m really sorry for doing this to you today.  Really, I am.

Apparently I’m all over the place this week. Sunday night I treated myself to a Wendy’s Frosty. Yesterday I made a large detox smoothie.  Today I’m stuffing my face with peanut butter cup cheesecake bars.

If there is such a thing as dessert A.D.D. – I have it.

Pretzel Crusted Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars. Salty, crunchy crust with a decadent and creamy peanut butter cheesecake filling.  Topped with a decadent chocolate drizzle! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I adore the combination of peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels. A-DORE. I have plenty of recipes on this website filled with desserts combining the three!  It’s the perfect trio. Salty, sweet, chocolatey, crunchy, peanut buttery, decadent.

I probably love cheesecake as much as I love peanut butter (yes, it’s true!), and these scrumptious bars have been on my to-do list for ages.  They will totally blow your diet, but they are worth every single minute on the treadmill!

You’re going to start with a pretzel crust. Yes, a buttery crust made from pretzels!  Crushed pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Told you – this is not diet food!  You’ll need 1.5 cups of crushed pretzels, which is about 3 cups of actual pretzels.  Grind the pretzels up as much as you can. And make sure no one is sleeping in your house when you do so.  Hard pretzels in a food processor is L-O-U-D. Sorry I woke you up, Kevin. ;)

How to make a Pretzel Crust for pies and dessert bars. Read more at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Mix the ground up pretzels with the melted butter and sugar and press into your pan.  Bake the crust for about 10-12 minutes as you prepare the filling.  This salty pretzel crust can also be used for my S’mores Brownie Pie, Key Lime Pie Squares, or these Snickers Cheesecake Bars (yum!).

The pretzel crust is sort of crumbly.  There’s no way around it.  Pretzels cannot be ground up as finely as graham crackers, so just expect a few crumbs when you cut into and bite into these bars. Have a napkin handy!

The cheesecake filling is easy peasy. Cream cheese, egg, sugar, vanilla extract, and creamy peanut butter.  Beat all that together until smooth and mix in several Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (the more, the merrier!). Pour on top of your pretzel crust.  Bake for 30ish minutes.  Chill the bars for 3 hours before cutting into squares. Waiting is torture. Pure torture.

Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars. Unbelievably good. sallysbakingaddiction.com

A little chocolate drizzle is the cherry on top, no?  Melt a few chocolate chips with some peanut butter (yep, more peanut butter), and drizzle on top of each cheesecake bar. The drizzle is completely optional, but I never say no to more chocolate and peanut butter.

These cheesecake bars are so good it’s scary.  If you do NOT like sweet and salty desserts, this recipe is not for you.  The crust is made from salty pretzels, so yes – the crust will be salty!  The peanut butter cheesecake filling is undoubtedly the creamiest cheesecake on the planet. And there’s enough peanut butter cups mixed inside the filling to make my No-Bake Reese’s Bars jealous.

What I love most about these bars is how thick the filling is.  You won’t even believe it will fit into a tiny 8×8 pan. It will practically fill the entire pan.  These bars are so thick and monstrous.  It’s glorious.  They’re crunchy, creamy, salty, sweet, and dangerously addicting.  Quite frankly, I think I found my new favorite dessert!  And yours, too. ;)

Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars. Unbelievably good. sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

Baking a cheesecake as bars is so much easier than an entire cheesecake! This recipe makes 16 cheesecake bars.

Ingredients:

Pretzel Crust

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (120g) very finely ground salty pretzels (about 3 cups whole pretzels)
  • 3 Tablespoons (35g) granulated sugar
  • 7 Tablespoons (100g) unsalted butter, melted

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling

  • 16 ounces (448g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature (not fat free)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125g) creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 regular sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (or 20 small)

Chocolate Drizzle

  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (45g) chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line bottom and sides of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.

For the crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse salty pretzels into a fine crumb. See photo above for how it will look. Stir the pretzel crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together in a medium sized bowl. Press evenly into the lined pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool as you prepare the filling.

For the filling: Beat cream cheese, egg, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract together with a hand or stand mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 full minutes. Fold in the chopped Reese's cups and spread the mixture over crust. Bake for 28-32 minutes, or until the cheesecake has set up and the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator for at least three hours. Lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

For the drizzle: Melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small bowl in the microwave. Stir until smooth and drizzle over squares.

Store bars in a covered container for up to 10 days in the refrigerator. Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9x13-inch pan, baking time will vary - about 45-55 minutes.

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132 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars.”

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    Ikhlasposted July 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Oh my Sally….you’ve done it again! These look positively SINFUL! I’ve never combined pb with pretzels before, but you had me at pb and cheesecake! Can’t wait to try these!!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted July 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Oh what I wouldn’t give for one of these right now……………..

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Momposted July 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I am a sucker for anything cheesecake, but have never tried this combination. Sounds amazing.

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLouposted July 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    All I have to say is Wow. These look SOOO good!! Peanut butter is my absolute favorite, and I love any sweet and salty dessert!!! Desserts like this are the reason we workout, right?!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Definitely one of the main reasons I work out. ;)

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    Jenna @ Sensationallyseasonal.composted July 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Oh dear Lord. I can’t stand how good these look. I am thrilled that I have gf pretzels in my pantry right now just because of this post.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      That’s perfect! Enjoy them, Jenna!

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    ashley - baker by natureposted July 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Wow. These bars are EPIC!!!

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    Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smileposted July 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Holy moly! Sally, frankly I’m not sure if I want to love you or hate you for this post. It couldn’t have come on a worse day (the last day of my 3 day juice cleanse) but it couldn’t have been a better recipe. Everything looks flawless from the pretzel crust to the cheesecake filling to the chocolate drizzle. Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Perfect timing indeed! Hope you get to try them, Maggie!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweetposted July 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Today I was trying to figure out an alternative for graham crackers in a crust because i need it to be gluten free! You have given me the best idea to use pretzels!!! This looks great!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      That’s great, Nancy! Good luck with your recipe.

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    aimee @ like mother like daughterposted July 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    oh my. peanut butter cups are one of my favorite things and these cheesecake bars sound amazing! plus the pretzel crust? I love that! I can’t wait to try these!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Aimee! You would love these. The pretzel crust was my favorite part – actually, it is all my favorite part! Hope you get to try them. Thanks!

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    Joy @ Baking-Joyposted July 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my word. Yum. These look so delicious! :-)

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    Julieposted July 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Oh my, Oh my…these look perfect!!! Pretzels…cream cheese…Reese’s…it doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks so much for posting!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      I agree – three of my favorites! Thanks Julie.

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    Katie Brigstockposted July 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Oh my! I’m already won over!xx

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    Meredithposted July 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Oh dear God! I’m 22 weeks pregnant, still with morning sickness, and this is the first dessert that’s gotten me excited to bake again! Wow!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      That’s great to hear, Meredith! And I hope you begin to feel better!

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    Jennposted July 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    BRB going to go run 15 miles so I can bake these! Yum yum yum!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Haha! You and I alike. I have a permanent date with my running shoes after these!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted July 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I am soooo into this!! Looks awesome Sally!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted July 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Haha dessert ADD. I might have that too. LOVE these bars.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted July 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Oh Sally, I want to absolutely hug you for this recipe.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Haha! You are so cute, Pamela. I’d hug you back for reading!

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    Elaine @ Cooking to Perfectionposted July 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    These look so rich and divine! I too can’t get enough of peanut butter, chocolate, and pretzels–the ultimate sweet and salty trifecta! And to put those awesome ingredients into a cheesecake, I don’t think it could get any better. As always, your pictures look awesome Sally!! They make me want to reach straight into the computer and grab a square or five. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Elaine! This dessert is so dangerously good. I think you’d love it! And yes – PB, chocolate, and pretzels are an amazing trifecta. ;)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddictionposted July 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    These have to be cheesecake bar perfection! Sweet and salty plus peanut butter has to be one of the best combinations!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbakedposted July 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You know those old cartoons where a character’s eyes will pop all the way out of their heads when they see something incredible? That’s why my eyes are doing right now. I can’t believe how much goodness you crammed into a baking pan, Sally. These are seriously dangerous and they need to get into mah belly right now!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Nancy! I am dying of laughter. You are too funny. You have to try these out!

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    Mr. & Mrs. Pposted July 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    These bars just look so good!! It was not a good idea while we are on a juicing fast to come by your blog!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Oh gosh! You’ll have to stop back over after the cleanse. ;)

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    Feesposted July 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Oh my God Sally my I just put braces a week ago and I’m like crying that I can’t taste these! Me and my sister literally baked almost every recipe you had. Every recipe.

    Love your work
    Fess

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      So sad you can’t make these, Fees! Maybe in a few weeks after you can have crunchy foods. So glad you love my website so much to bake so many recipes. :)

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    Caleyposted July 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’ll bet Kevin forgave you for waking him up pretty quickly when he learned what you were making! ;) I wonder how peanut-butter-filled pretzels would work for the crust…maybe to replace the butter? No that these are at all lacking in peanut-butter flavor, of course! :D Cheesecake is so amazingly versatile, and I love everything you do with it!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      He forgave me quite quickly, actually! :) That would be a great idea to use peanut butter pretzels. I feel like you’d still need some butter though. If you ever try it, let me know! Thanks Caley!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted July 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! All the flavors I love! I think I will eat these while working out on the treadmill! :) Awesome recipe Sally!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted July 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Girl these are going to blow up on Pinterest :) I can smell and see a hit a mile away. Great job!

    The mini PB cups, the pretzel crust, the layers of flavor – the salty with sweet, the creaminess of the cheesecake against that crust and with the peanut butter filling and depth of flavors – oh I want one of these!

    One of my fave bars I’ve made this year used those mini PB cups and sweetened cond milk so I know I would love love love these. Pinned!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      I can’t believe how many views they’ve gotten in the past 6 hours already! I am in love with these bars, Averie. And they have your name written all over them!

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    Reeniposted July 16, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    These are nothing short of heavenly Sally! I bet Kevin didn’t mind at all when he saw what you were making! What I wouldn’t do for one right now. Totally scrumptious.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      He got over it pretty quickly after one bite of these! :) Thanks Reeni!

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    Lizposted July 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    These will have to go on my list of things to make ASAP! I know they’ll blow my diet but, hey, who cares when you have something this good! ;)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Exactly. Who cares! Thanks Liz.

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    Jessposted July 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Variety is always a good thing, Sally! (So is a Wendy’s Frosty – yum.) These cheesecake bars look incredible – so many fun flavors together – and a pretzel crust?? Brilliant.

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    Eva @ Eva Bakesposted July 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Looks divine, Sally! I bet all my peanut butter loving friends would love this!

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeartposted July 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Hello from your Maryland neighbor! These bars are hitting absolutely every taste bud! But for me….it’s that sweet and salty thing I love. I think we are both suffering from ADD…Addiction to Decadent Desserts! Gorgeous photos! : )

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Greetings Marylander! :) You have to try these, Anne! And thanks for the sweet compliment on my photos.

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    Luv What You Doposted July 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    The pretzel crust must be incredible with the cheesecake bars!

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    Tieghanposted July 16, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Apparently we are on the very same page today! Peanut butter, chocolate and pretzels!! Best combos around!!

    These are gorgeous, Sally! I do not even really like cheesecake, but these? These are pure genius and I am 100% positive these will turn me into a cheesecake lover!

    Awesome Sally!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Great minds think alike, Tieghan. They really do!! You would love these cheesecake bars!

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchenposted July 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I’m not a fan of cheesecake at all, but with all the chocolate and peanut butter in these I think even I would love these!

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    Renee@chocolatepeanutbutterohmyposted July 16, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Oh my oh my! these look amazing, anything with peanut butter xxx

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted July 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    All hail peanut butter cheesecake–especially in bar form with a pretzel crust and peanut butter cups in the filling! As always…beautiful job, Sally! xo

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thank you Stacy!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Coutureposted July 17, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Okay these are insane, in a good way. In a GREAT way. I love me some sweet salty goodness. I know I say I can’t wait to try alot of your things, but I REALLY can’t wait to try these!

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    Marcieposted July 17, 2013 at 2:17 am

    You detoxed cuz you knew these were coming right? You really did it this time! Thai is like my yummy peanut butter pretzels mixed with cheesecake and chocolate. I love pretzel crusts and everything in here. Gotta pin this and make it soon!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Yes – detox, then cheesecake. Obviously! Thanks Marcie – and thanks for pinning!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted July 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

    A pretzel crust with a peanut butter cheesecake base? Man oh man, I can’t keep up with all the goodness in these bars!

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    Alaposted July 17, 2013 at 2:44 am

    Speaking of dessert A.D.H.D., I think I could wean myself off some delicious cookie butter snickerdoodles for a moment to try these :D sounds delectable!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:09 am

      cookie butter snickerdoodles…. yum!

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    Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.netposted July 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

    There is nothing wrong with a bit of dessert ADD, but, after having a kid, sleeping time is held with a holy reverence. oh well, at least there will be delicious cheesecake bars to be woken up to.

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    Jamie @lifelovelemonsposted July 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Genius. Pure genius.

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    Nicolaposted July 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    YEY!!!! wow these look amazing and i am THRILLED!!!! you have added grams as a measurement! means i can finally stop getting my mobile phone covered inbaking things looking for online conversions! thanks so much = perfect!!! cant wait to try!!:) xx

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:08 am

      So glad the gram measurements are helpful for you, Nicola! Enjoy these cheesecake bars!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Lifeposted July 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Okay, you made these for me. Peanut butter and pretzels in cheesecake? With Reeses?!?!?! I can’t even. Oh my word these look incredible. This just might be my new favorite Sally creation. How did you not eat the whole pan? Totally would need your detox smoothie after making (read: eating all of) this!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 11:08 am

      I totally almost did eat the whole pan! I had to get the rest out of the house to my neighbors. :) Thanks Mary Frances – I know you’d love these!

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted July 17, 2013 at 10:45 am

    This is evil genius and I’m loving it!!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblogposted July 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Oh my, what can I say about these bars that can even come close to describing their deliciousness? I want to to hide in a closet and eat these bars and not share them with a soul. Selfish!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      These cheesecake bars will bring out the selfish in all of us. ;)

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    Sophieposted July 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    lalalalalaloooooooove the pretzel crust! i now wanna pretzel crust EVERYTHING. The combo of peanut butter and cheesecake with the crust… oh my word, i’m dying. especially because i’m supposedly on a “diet.” although I made gooey cookies today and ate two. :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted July 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I have had a major cheesecake obsession lately, and these look so luscious, Sally! Such a scrumptious batch of bars!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      I feel like I am always on a cheesecake kick. It’s my favorite. Thanks Georgia!

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20posted July 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’d absolutely love to get my hands on one of these. The other night I made my family eat salad for dinner, but then we ended up going back to the store for Magnum bars. It’s hard to stay focused on the good stuff. Or maybe these are the good stuff.

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    Becca Galeposted July 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Oh wow these look incredible! My family are not big peanut butter fans so I would have to eat these all myself if I made them!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      That doesn’t sound so bad. ;)

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    Megan @ For the Love of Cookiesposted July 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I saw these on pinterest and rushed over before I even read the caption. These look and sound amazing. I am a huge fan of cheesecake (not to mention pb and chocolate and pretzels) so I know I will love these – added to my list!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 17th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Megan! Sounds like this is the dessert for you!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted July 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I am all over anything sweet and salty and peanut buttery! These cheesecake bars looks so insanely good!!!

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    Jaclynposted July 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    These look dreamy Sally! Very pretty pics! Cheesecake stuff is the best and this version you made looks amazingly good!

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    Amyposted July 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    You finally diagnosed me — dessert ADD!! Always craving some, always forgetting that I already ate one (or two) that day, always planning what I’m going to bake and eat next… You definitely aren’t alone, Sally! (Especially when it comes to peanut butter and cheesecake too!)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted July 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    These are delightful! Love the combo. And I have dessert ADD too. It’s a great one to have. :)

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    Meghan @ The Tasty Forkposted July 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels??!! This is my kind of dessert. I love the combo of salty & sweet! Pinned!! (I’ll try making this once this craaaaazy heat wave is done!)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 18th, 2013 at 6:49 am

      I hope you enjoy them when you make them, Meghan! Thanks for pinning.

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    Deborahposted July 18, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I’d be stuffing these in my face if I had a plate full of them!!

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    Amy Griffinposted July 18, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Just look Delicious!!! YUM!! :)

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    Lauraposted July 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The salty-sweet combination is great. They look lovely!

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    beth @ bethcakesposted July 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I love everything going on in these cheesecake bars! Pretzels, peanut butter, Reese’s Cups, chocolate. They sound and look perfect! :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted July 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Annnnnnnd I just died. Like for reals.

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted July 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

    You said it–chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels! Ugghh, I LOVE that combo so much too, and the second I saw a photo of these, I knew they were going to be one of my favorites. Thick sweet and salty crust, thick creamy filling–to die for!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 19th, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Ari, these are right up your alley! You would LOVE them.

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    Stevieposted July 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Sally-
    Fairly new to your site. LOVE it! Have drooled over many of your recipes. I made these Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars yesterday – one word – Decadent! My kids want to nominate me for Mother of the Year now that they’ve tasted these. Thank You for all your hard work and creativity.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 19th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Stevie! So glad you made these! And yes, they are very decadent! And you definitely deserve to be crowned Mother of the Year!

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    Stephanieposted July 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Evil. That’s what my best friend will call me when I feed him these.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 20th, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Well I hope you both enjoy them! Thanks Stephanie.

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted July 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Sally, you’re killing me! The cheesecake.. the peanut butter cups.. the pretzels.. the everything about this is swooning me!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 21st, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Hey girlie!! I knew you’d love these cheesecake bars! Hope you are doing well and having an awesome summer! xo

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    Monicaposted July 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Gramma Kayeposted July 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Dessert A.D.D.! After all these years I finally have a diagnosis! lol ;-)

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    Emilyposted August 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Made these for a work potluck and they were completely gone by the end! So delicious! I may have added some extra reeces cups on top of the drizzle, but I would definitely recommend. The crust is crumbly, but everyone said that didn’t matter. Maybe add extra butter to keep it more together?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 2nd, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Emily! I’m so glad you loved these cheesecake bars. Adding more butter to the crust could make it too moist and not crunchy at all. Though I’ve never tried it before, I don’t think it would solve the problem.

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    Bonnieposted August 7, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This look positively delicious for me, but I am wondering what could be used in place of the peanut butter cups for a grandchild with a peanut allergy, any suggestions.

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    • Sallyreplied on August 7th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Bonnie – there is also peanut butter in the cheesecake as well. You culd just leave it out and use chocolate chips instead of the pb cups.

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    Libbyposted August 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Sally, as of last night I was a first time visitor. After I made this recipe this morning, I think I’m hooked for life! Thanks so much for this phenomenal recipe and keep up the amazing work!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 19th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Libby – welcome! I am so happy to have you as a follower. And I’m glad you love these cheesecake bars. They are SO good!

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    Mariaposted August 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Sally – do you grease the pan before you put the crust in it?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 20th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      No – just use aluminum foil without greasing.

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    Darlaposted August 26, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I am making these today—-they look fabulous! I need to make a larger batch—can I double the recipe and put in a 9×13 pan?

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    • Sallyreplied on August 26th, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Hey Darla! You sure can. For about 45-55 minutes. Keep a close eye on them at 40 minutes though.

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    Vimithaposted August 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi Sally, I have a question, am planning to make this for my huss who is a PB freak. If I half the quantity will I be able to make it in a 7.5″ square cake pan… Thanks in advance…

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    • Sallyreplied on August 30th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Vimitha – yes, you can bake in a 7.5 inch square pan. Enjoy!

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    Carlotta Jenkinsposted November 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Hi again,Sally!Carlotta here.Just wanted to let you know,that this recipes is really to die for.Personally,I’m not really a big fan of pretzels,but after an afternoon of baking some of these for a cousin of mine’s surprise birthday party and tasting one of them,I fell in love.Sweet and salty crust,topped with Reese’s pieces and chocolate syrup,this is certainly a recipe to go bananas for!;)

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    Lilyposted February 6, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Sally I made these, but something was off. The cheesecake part wasn’t sweet enough. Would you suggest I add more sugar? Thank you!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 6th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      Even with all the sugar in the PB cups? Feel free to add more sugar. Perhaps 1/2 cup will be better for you. Thanks Lily!

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    Elizabethposted April 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Made these today and…wow!! So tasty and indulgent but at the same time not so heavy I regret eating it after! I love this site and it’s teaching me to live a little and not make everything have to be healthy :) I think something homemade like this still beats store bought any day! At least I know what’s in it!

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    • Sallyreplied on April 12th, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Life is all about balance, Elizabeth! That’s what I always say. Happy you loved these!

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    Janelleposted May 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Do you think a little light corn syrup in the crust would help keep it together better?

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    • Sallyreplied on May 7th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      You could try that – though my crust does hold up well, only slightly crumbly. That’s what you get with pretzels. Let me know what you try.

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    Connieposted May 10, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Sally,

    I’ve been baking recipes from your blog for a few months now…it has become my go-to website when I want to find a great recipe!! These bars look scrumptious and exactly the kind of dessert I was looking for to make for Mother’s Day. I will use gluten-free pretzels for my son; in fact, I used Gratify Sea Salt Thins the last time I made a pretzel crust and they work even better than wheat pretzels. They don’t break your ear drums when you process them and the texture of the crust turns out just right!

    I can’t wait to try taste these tomorrow!!

    Connie

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    • Sallyreplied on May 10th, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Wonderful, Connie – hope you enjoy. And Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Aurelposted May 27, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Sally! If you remember me, i make alot of desserts from your blog and it always comes out amazing so im planning to make this too, one question though, do we bake the crust when the oven is preheated or when its still preheating? Please answer, thank you :)

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    • Sallyreplied on May 27th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      After being preheated. Enjoy, Aurel!

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    Tamaraposted June 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    love Reese’s peanut butter cups but this recipe was not my favorite. I think it would be better with a plain cheesecake filling and the peanut-butter cups instead of the peanut-butter cheesecake filling with the cups. It’s like eating a peanut butter pie. I wanted to taste the different flavors but all I tasted was peanut butter. The Reeses’s may have stood out more in a plain cheesecake batter.

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    Jaclynposted August 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Hi looking to make these…have you ever made ahead and froze them? Cheesecake usually freezes ok but not sure about this crust ppl keep commenting on…

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    • Sallyreplied on August 23rd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I have never tried to freeze these, so I am unsure.

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    Susieposted August 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    I made these today for a teacher’s “back-to-school” potluck picnic. I am excited for my colleagues to try them. I’ve been snitching as I arranged them on the plate, and my oh my….how YUMMY! I did make a pretty major change though, and I’m very happy with the outcome. I used the Oreo crust from your Snickers cheesecake bar recipe instead of the pretzel crust. I was apprehensive to read about the crumbly-ness of the pretzel crust, so tried the Oreo crust hoping it would hold together better, and it was beautiful….no crumbling! AND very tasty with the peanut butter cups. Thanks for sharing TWO AMAZING recipes!

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    • Sallyreplied on August 27th, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Your version sounds great Susie. Thanks for reporting back!

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    Leiaposted September 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Oh those look amazing!! What a great combination of all my favorite flavors. :) Found this on Pinterest, and repinned.

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    Jenposted November 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Sally,
    If I want to make these a little less thick (so I can get more bars out of the recipe), could I use the recipe as is in a 9×13 pan and just bake for a shorter length of time? I have the recipe as is in my oven now and I can’t wait to try them!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I fear a 9×13 size pan would really be stretching it. But give it a shot! Let me know.

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