Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Brownie Crust

Dive into the ultimate indulgence with our Decadent Peanut Butter Cheesecake atop a Fudgy Brownie Base, all beautifully crowned with a smooth Chocolate Ganache. This recipe combines the beloved rich flavors of peanut butter and chocolate in a luxurious dessert that’s sure to impress at any gathering or provide a sublime finish to a special meal. Follow along for a step-by-step guide to creating this masterpiece, complete with serving suggestions and storage tips for enjoying every last bite.


For the Brownie Crust:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the Cheesecake:

2 cups cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs

1 cup Reese’s cups, chopped

For the Chocolate Ganache:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


For the Brownie Crust:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix sugar, melted butter, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour just until blended. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set. Allow to cool while preparing the cheesecake.

For the Cheesecake:

Reduce oven temperature to 325°F (165°C).

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in chopped Reese’s cups.

Pour over the brownie base and smooth the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until set. Cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan until it begins to simmer. Pour over the chocolate chips and let sit for 5 minutes, then stir until smooth.

Pour ganache over the chilled cheesecake and refrigerate until set.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Kcal: 690 kcal | Servings: 12 servings

Serving and Storage Tips

Serving Suggestions:

  • Bring to Room Temperature: For the best flavor and texture, take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving. This allows the cheesecake to slightly soften, enhancing the creamy texture and rich flavors.
  • Add Toppings: Consider adding extra toppings for presentation and taste right before serving. A sprinkle of crushed peanuts, a few mini Reese’s cups, or a light dusting of cocoa powder can add a visually appealing and tasty touch.
  • Slice with a Warm Knife: Dip a sharp knife in hot water and wipe it dry before slicing. This technique helps in making clean cuts through the cheesecake, ensuring that each piece looks as good as it tastes.

Storage Instructions:

  • Refrigerate: Keep any leftover cheesecake in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze for Longer Storage: This cheesecake freezes well. Wrap individual slices or the entire cheesecake (without the ganache topping) in plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving. Add the ganache topping after thawing if frozen without it.

Nutritional Information and Variations

Nutritional Insights:

This decadent dessert is a treat meant for special occasions. With its rich ingredients, it’s high in calories and fat. If you’re looking for lighter options, consider serving smaller portions or modifying the recipe to include reduced-fat cream cheese and less sugar.

Recipe Variations:

  • For a Crunchier Crust: Add 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts to the brownie base mixture for an extra layer of texture and flavor.
  • No-Bake Cheesecake Option: For a quicker, no-bake version, substitute the cheesecake layer with a mixture of whipped cream, cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar. Chill until set before adding the ganache.
  • Vegan and Gluten-Free Adaptations: Use plant-based cream cheese and butter substitutes, gluten-free all-purpose flour for the brownie crust, and ensure your chocolate chips are dairy-free to make this recipe suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This Decadent Peanut Butter Cheesecake atop a Fudgy Brownie Base, Drizzled with Chocolate Ganache, is a luxurious dessert that combines rich flavors and textures. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet treat, this recipe promises to impress. Remember to enjoy it responsibly, savoring each bite of this sumptuous dessert.

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