Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecake Bars

by Andie Mitchell on February 17, 2013


peanut butter nutella cheesecake bars

Silky chocolate hazelnut cheesecake + creamy peanut butter cheesecake + buttery crushed Oreo cookie crust

peanut butter

 

I want to gush about this recipe.

 

peanut butter nutella cheesecake bars

 

Gush, I tell you.

 

nutella cheesecake

 

But I’m at a loss. I have very few words for how incredible these bars are because, well, incredible really sums them up perfectly.

All I should say is that I haven’t earned such rave reviews from my loved ones on a new dessert I’ve baked in a long, long time. Not like I did with these triple-deckers. Now, that either tells me that I had previously lost my baking mojo or I simply struck gold with this recipe.

 

nutella peanut butter cheesecake bars
  And I’d really prefer that only the latter were true.

 

 

Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecake Bars

adapted from Tide and Thyme

 

2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 2 full rows of cookies in a standard package)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 eggs, at room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup Nutella

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8” square baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving enough of an overhang at the sides to aid in easy removal of the bars from the pan. Grease the foil. Set aside.

Combine Oreo crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Press Oreo mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.  Bake crust until set, about 12 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, heavy cream, and vanilla, and beat until combined. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture into a separate large bowl and set aside. Add Nutella to the remaining half of the cream cheese mixture.  Beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside.

Clean your wire beaters. Add the peanut butter to the reserved half of the plain cream cheese mixture. Beat until smooth and creamy.

Spread the peanut butter cheesecake mixture carefully over the cooled Oreo crust. Next, gently pour the Nutella cheesecake layer on top of the peanut butter layer and spread evenly. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the center jiggles slightly when the pan is gently nudged.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before cutting into 16 bars.

*Notes: You must crush the Oreos using a food processor, otherwise the crumbs will not be fine enough to form an even, cohesive crust.
*When spreading the Nutella cheesecake layer on top of the peanut butter layer, it’s helpful to gently drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the layer in various spots and then smooth using a spatula. This prevents pooling in the center and ensures that both layers are even in thickness.

 

Question: Are you a chocolate and peanut butter fan, or do you prefer each separately? 

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Diane @ Vintage Zest February 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

The answer to your question is yes and yes. I seriously cannot wait to make these. They look and sound super amazing!

Also, what did you do with the cream filling of the Oreos? I imagine neat little stacks of frosting discs being sent into trash can across the U.S. after seeing your recipe!

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Kelly February 18, 2013 at 12:28 am

I am pretty sure she is including the creme center. When I make Oreo crumb crusts I just process the whole thing in the food processor. :)

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admin February 18, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thanks Diane!

I grind the whole cookie–cream filling and all!

Andie

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Randy Chong February 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

OMG! This looks amazing. We made the red velvet cupcakes with nutella frosting, but this looks (sounds) even better. Will let you know…

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Hannah J February 18, 2013 at 3:45 am

Oh. My. God. These look incredible. I think Nigella’s version of Reese’s PB cups have a contender for the title of favourite PB/choc recipe…

Just one question as a Brit who’s not 100% au fait with Oreos. When making the Oreo crumbs should I include the white filling in the processor, or leave it out?

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admin February 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

Hey Hannah,

Now I have to search for that Nigella recipe!

As for your question–I process the entire Oreo in the food processor. The cream filling (along with the heavy dose of butter) helps the crust to really stick together.

Andie

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Hannah J February 18, 2013 at 10:32 am

Here you go (shame it’s a Daily Mail Link!):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1094171/Chocolate-peanut-butter-cups.html

Even better than the shop-bought version IMO (blasphemy I know!)

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja February 18, 2013 at 4:20 am

Thanks for the food porn. Now I have itchy fingers and wish I could be baking those babies – sadly I am stuck in the office for 6 more hours…

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Pam S February 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

This sound deliciously perfect, 4 ingredients I love so much on their own and would be even better all together, oreos cream cheese nutella and peanut butter, yum!!! Thanks for the recipe :-)

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Laura February 18, 2013 at 6:51 am

I’m so glad you enjoyed these, and I love the addition of peanut butter! They look great :)

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admin February 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

Thank you so much, Laura! What a recipe you created!!

Andie

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Maureen @ Breaking Free & Finding Me February 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

OH, MY, GOD. My jaw hit the floor when I saw these babies on my screen. You, Miss Andie, are a goddess. You have managed to combine all of my favorite things into one sinfully delicious package. Anddddd, because I’m no longer classifying food as “good” and “bad,” I’ll be making these bad boys (pun intended) for my next family gathering! Thanks for the recipe!

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Heather @ Sugar Dish Me February 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

Oh my gosh. Where were these when I was on a chocolate binge last week? These are awesome, Andie!

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Jessica February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Oh my, it’s a good thing I did all my grocery shopping before checking your blog! Dinner would have been replaced by these this week if I had seen this first! :) I’m excited to add them to my grocery list next week though!

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Kelly February 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

Oooh, yum! Those look gorgeous. Might be fun to sprinkle some toasted peanuts on top for a twist!

http://www.mydestination.com/users/suburbanhypocrite/bbb#tab

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Kristal February 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

I have been trying to figure out what delicious dessert to bake for my husband’s 40th birthday, and these are PERFECT! He loves cheesecake and anything with chocolate and peanut butter. Thank you for saving me all that time looking online for the perfect recipe. He is going to love these:)

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Lisa February 18, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hi Andie! I can’t eat peanut butter :-(. Do you think these would work with almond butter? I can get it chunky where they grind it fresh so it’s a bit thicker..thoughts?? Thanks for the great recipe- hope all is well with you!

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Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I love chocolate and peanut butter together, especially when it’s nutella chocolate ;-)

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tracy {pale yellow} February 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm

These bars sound absolutely delicious and are so beautiful to boot! Can’t wait to try.

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Rocio February 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Whoa your blog completely changed on me haha. I really liked the old one but I haven’t really explored this new version. This looks amazing. Specially because everyone on the blogs I read seem to be using Nutella and are getting me a little obsessed lol. I think I will try this recipie too. I love oreos and it looks perfect!

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Carol February 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Nutella and PB is seriously the best combination ever! Can’t wait to make these!

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Ari @ Ari's Menu February 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm

OOOMMMGGG. I just want to eat every bite of those cheesecake bars right.this.second. PS, the new(?) looks great!

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Rachel @ Bakerita February 19, 2013 at 2:22 am

Oh my goodness…I’m drooling! I’m in the middle of a study sesh, and the things I would do to get my hands on one of these to help get me through this. Yum!

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Allison Day February 19, 2013 at 5:25 am

Peanut butter and chocolate, yes yes yes! I mean, seriously, woman. These are just plain ridiculous. Meaning, I’m going to have to make them ASAP. ^_^

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Jola February 19, 2013 at 6:42 am

love the new look :)

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Laura February 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

YUM!! This looks amazing. Thank you!

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sarah February 19, 2013 at 11:53 am

Pretty new site! sending hugs.

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Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I think I have all the ingredients for this! Score!

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Courtney February 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I absolutely LOVE reading your blog and getting new recipes, but very rarely do I go to the store the same day as receiving one in my inbox to make said recipe. To put it bluntly….These. Are. Amazing. And everyone in my office agrees! I am actually contemplating going to the store to buy more cream cheese just so I can make them again :)

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Chelsea February 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm

When it comes to chocolate and peanut butter I do not discriminate. I love the together, separate, in combination what other things, on fruit, a spoon, whatever!

And just so you know, these cheesecake bars look so good it’s painful to look at them without getting to taste!

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Rebecca February 20, 2013 at 1:56 am

I just cut the batch that I made last night and of course I had to try one. They are AMAZING! I am glad I am brining them to a fundraiser tonight or I would get sick from eating all of them.

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Bek @ Crave February 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

Omg, why do you do this to me! Hmm peanut butter and choc is a good combo- I generally stick to just pb. But pb and anything will do me :) Ps. I like the new blog look

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Ksenija @ Health Ninja February 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

What a beautiful new layout!

Btw – any news on when your book will be published?

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Vero February 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hola Andie,
I already read all of your blog post. I am doing diet and I already lost 18 kg. I liked a lot, that you said, that you did not need the gym, only walk a lot and eat healthier.
I saw last week this recipe and I though: My boyfriend will love it!!! He loves Oreo, Nutella and Peanut Butter. He was doing the bars today and you can see the photos in my blog: http://lasrecetasdeveroyxurri.blogspot.de/2013/02/barra-de-tarta-de-queso-con-nutella-y.html
Thank you very much for sharing this awesome idea ;)
Greetings from Germany
Vero

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Hootie February 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

My mom made these for me! My husband and I love them!!! Even though I work at home and can therefore try up to 3 recipes a day (love that!) I needed recruits to keep up :)

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Andie February 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love everything about this comment :)

Andie

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James February 27, 2013 at 12:14 am

Has anyone tried to use crunchy pb in this recipe? or perhaps some granola mixed into pb mix? Curious to see if anyone has done it and how they turned out, thanks!

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Don March 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

This is incredible. Adding cheesecake to chocolate and peanut butter! The hardest part will be getting the cheesecake just right – I love a good cheese cake, but if not done well it can be disappointing (probably from being spoiled living in NYC for all those years).

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April Ozbilgin March 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

These look incredible. What a perfect combination!

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Tim April 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Just one word. Wow!

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Mireille April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Woah…These look seriously delicious! I love your new look website too Andie!

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Allison @ bakingyear April 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

this looks DELICIOUS! I know I’ll be making these soon

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Karen G. April 9, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I think you just gave us the recipe for a guaranteed hit — at least in my house. Two thumbs up!

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Mindy May 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

They look fabulous! Where are you – we miss you!

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Dana September 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

These are SO pretty and look incredible!! Nutella and Peanut Butter…and cheesecake?! I’m there!

Such a cute blog. ;)

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katie November 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

could these be made in cupcake cups for personal shares??? and if so would they need to be cooked for a different amount of time?

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The Hungry Mum December 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

this looks TOO delish. #want

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Cash Mojo Review October 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm

WOW just what I was searching for. Came here
by searching for the best work from home opportunities

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