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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars
  • Category: Bars
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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.


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 pure 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF (177ยฐC). Line bottom and sides of an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Store bars in a covered container for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Double Batch: Recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch pan, baking time will vary – about 45-55 minutes.

Keywords: peanut butter pretzel cheesecake bars, peanut butter cheesecake bars

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

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  1. 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!

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

  2. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen says:

    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!

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

  4. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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

    1. Thank you Stacy!

  5. Mimi @ Culinary Couture says:

    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!

  6. 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!

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

  7. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

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

  8. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ sounds delectable!

    1. cookie butter snickerdoodles…. yum!

  9. Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas.net says:

    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.

  10. Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Genius. Pure genius.

  11. 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

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

  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life says:

    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!

    1. I totally almost did eat the whole pan! I had to get the rest out of the house to my neighbors. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Mary Frances – I know you’d love these!

  13. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig says:

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

  14. Jennie @themessybakerblog says:

    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!

    1. These cheesecake bars will bring out the selfish in all of us. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. lalalalalaloooooooove the pretzel crust! i now wanna pretzel crust EVERYTHING. The combo of peanut butter and cheesecake with the crustโ€ฆ oh my word, i’m dying. especially because i’m supposedly on a “diet.” although I made gooey cookies today and ate two. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

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

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

  17. 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!

    1. That doesn’t sound so bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Megan @ For the Love of Cookies says:

    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!

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

  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says:

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

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

  21. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    These are delightful! Love the combo. And I have dessert ADD too. It’s a great one to have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    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!)

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

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

  24. Amy Griffin says:

    Just look Delicious!!! YUM!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

  26. beth @ bethcakes says:

    I love everything going on in these cheesecake bars! Pretzels, peanut butter, Reese’s Cups, chocolate. They sound and look perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Annnnnnnd I just died. Like for reals.

  28. Ari @ Ari's Menu says:

    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!

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

  29. 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.

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

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

    1. Well I hope you both enjoy them! Thanks Stephanie.

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