Sunday, May 13, 2007

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake bars

A while back I ordered the paperback version of Paula Deen's Dessert Cookbook. I'd seen her make her Oooey Gooey Butter Cakes on TV and decided I would try them if the recipe ever crossed my path. Luckily, it was tucked inside her southern desserts cookbook. I followed her recipe once or twice, then made some variations of my own. I make these for A Full Plate often, but the servers hated saying "Oooey Gooey Cakes" so we changed the name to Cheesecake bars.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
This is my favorite variation I've tried so far. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake bars.

For the crust of the bars, you'll need:
1 18.5 oz package chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted

Using an electric mixer, mix the cake mix, egg and melted butter until a thick dough forms. Press into an even layer in the bottom of a 13X9 glass dish. I like to press the dough up the sides of the pan a little bit, too.

For the filling, you'll need:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Meanwhile, using the mixer, cream together cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add eggs and beat well. Dump in the box of powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly combined. Reduce the speed of the mixer and drizzle in butter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and make sure everything is mixed together before spreading this mixture over the crust. Spread into an even layer and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees. The center should still be a tiny bit wobbly looking, with a light golden brown top.

Cool completely, cut into bars. These bars are rich, so feel free to cut them into very small bars.

Here is what they look like when you cut one. This photo actually came from a repeat customer to A Full Plate. She got a much better profile shot than I did. Thanks for letting me use this picture on Foodaphilia, Tanya.

Happy Mother's Day!



  1. Chris said...
    oh, you're killing me with these delicious desserts! Keep it coming! ha ha ha....
    Cheryl said...
    What a great take you did on Paula's dessert. I love the contrast in the two layers and it looks so moist.
    sher said...
    That's just insanely fun to look at! Sigh! Me want some!
    Chris said...
    I made the peanut bars and everyone loved them! I will post tomorrow...thanks!!!
    Cristina said...
    delicious delicious and delicious
    Ali V said...
    Hi there, I've got these in the oven now. These smell great but I'm wondering and I know it s Paula Dean, is all that butter necessary? I'm speaking mainly about the topping which seems a little broken and fatty before it's baked. I guess we ll see but in the future, I'm going to try making these with less butter (and fat). Thanks for the post!

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