Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake

I have become famous, or perhaps infamous, in my family for cheesecakes. For every occasion, they can somehow justify serving cheesecake. I actually enjoy making them, so it’s not really a huge imposition on me. Sunday was my daddy’s birthday, so out came the best cheesecake book I’ve ever found. (Seriously, get this book. Feel free to check out previous evidence of its goodness.) No one loves peanut butter more than he does, so this choice was a no-brainer.

Let me begin by saying that every recipe I’ve ever made from this book calls for a 9″ springform pan. I usually use a 10″ pan. Even using the larger pan, I almost always have batter left over. Maybe her 9″ pan is a good bit taller than mine. Anyway, with a larger diameter pan, it stands to reason that you’ll need more crust. This cheesecake has a cookie crust, so making more is no problem. I’ve found that you can’t really screw up a cookie crust. Cookies, butter, maybe some nuts. And pretty much whatever consistency you like. For this cheesecake, I decided to go all out on the peanut butter flavor and use peanut butter sandwich cookies instead of the book’s recipe with non-filled peanut butter cookies and chocolate wafer cookies. Those peanut butter-filled Oreos would have been good, too, I think.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake | Bake or Break

Mixing a cheesecake is, to me, one of the simplest things to do. Basically, everything goes in my stand mixer, and I let it do all the work. The best advice I can give you, as with just about anything you bake, is to avoid overmixing. The only tedious part of making a cheesecake is the time you must devote to it. Most cheesecakes I make are in the oven for about 4 hours. I usually just plan on sticking close to home for the day.

Everyone loved this cheesecake. Wonderful creamy texture, big peanut butter flavor with a hint of chocolate, just the perfect crunch from the crust and peanuts. As I write this, I am a bit sad, though, because I only had one piece. We left later that day for North Carolina (where I am writing this) to visit our very dear friends, so the cheesecake was dispersed to the family. I didn’t think cheesecake would survive the road trip. Well, we know what that means. I’ll have to find a new excuse to make cheesecake.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12 to 14 servings

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake


    For the crust:
  • 2 cups crushed peanut butter sandwich cookies (e.g. Nutter Butters)
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 32 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2/3 cup peanuts, chopped
  • For the topping:
  • 6 ounces white chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted


To make the crust:

Combine ingredients and press onto bottom of a greased/sprayed 10″ springform pan.

To make the filling:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together cream cheese, brown sugar, cornstarch, and sour cream until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla extract and peanut butter. Mix well. Add melted chocolate and mix well. Add peanuts and mix well. Pour filling over crust.

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake for 2 hours. Run a knife around the edges to loosen from pan. Turn oven off and leave cheesecake in oven for 2 hours.

Refrigerate overnight.

To make the topping:

Melt white chocolate and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cool to lukewarm.

Pour over cheesecake.

Drizzle melted semisweet chocolate over top in parallel lines. With the dull side of a knife, draw through the chocolate to create swirls. Chill.


Recipe slightly adapted from I Love Cheesecake.

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  1. Alicat October 5, 2006 Reply

    oh my GOODNASS. that looks awesome!

  2. peabody October 5, 2006 Reply

    Mmmmm…yummy. I too used to be the Cheesecake lady at all of my gatherings, but I grew tired of it and so they only get them from time to time.

  3. Abby October 5, 2006 Reply

    North Carolina? If you make ME a cheesecake, here in N.C., I’ll come pick it up. No problem.

    It looks divine. But mine always crack.

  4. Mary October 5, 2006 Reply

    Yummy! I agree that cheesecakes are one of the easiest things to make. I think of cheesecakes as small effort, big reward.

  5. Brilynn October 5, 2006 Reply

    I can never refuse cheesecake, this one looks delicious!

  6. Ivonne October 6, 2006 Reply

    I am constantly amazed at how peanut butter and chocolate can be combined in seemingly infinite ways. This cheesecake is gorgeous! And thanks for the book recommendation.

  7. Elizabeth October 7, 2006 Reply

    Wow…I’m a fanatic for any PB/chocolate combo…I’ll be trying this one day soon! Lovely!

  8. veuveclicquot October 8, 2006 Reply

    beautiful! Although I’m not a huge fan of cheesecake, I know my best friend will love this!!!

  9. Lauren October 12, 2006 Reply

    I just checked out a bit of your blog – it’s so nice and you have wonderful pictures. I definitely will check out that cheesecake book.. looks insanely delicious!

  10. julia October 13, 2006 Reply

    wow, you can make me a cheesecake anytime as well! 😉
    absolutely amazing – love the flavour comb. and the cookie crust sounds so delicious…! yum!

  11. Ari (Baking and Book October 22, 2006 Reply

    My husband would love this. Your dad is so lucky to have recieved something this delicious for his special day!

  12. madeline goris March 28, 2007 Reply

    tis so cooooooooooooooooool and totaly awesoooooooooome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. jada July 12, 2007 Reply

    I”m gonna try to make this!!!!!!!!!! It looks so good!!!

  14. squeege April 16, 2009 Reply

    I just made this cheesecake using the recipe you provided and it was absolutely AMAZING. It cracked a little but the white chocolate peanut butter topping covered it up. :) Everyone loved it and it turned out gorgeous…even though I ended up drizzling the chocolate all over the place instead of neatly. I am definitely getting the book. Thanks! :)

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