Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars

My husband loves chocolate and peanut butter, separate or together, so my daughter and I made these for him as a Valentines Day gift. We celebrate the "holiday", but we do it in a low-key way, so these are perfect.


2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs*
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 - 10oz. pkg. Nestle Toll House Swirled Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Morsels, divided
2 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl with a fork. Remove 1 cup of this mixture and reserve for topping. Press remaining mixture into ungreased 13x9 baking pan. Sprinkle 3/4 cup morsels over crust.
Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, flour, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Pour evenly over crust and morsels in pan. Sprinkle with remaining morsels and remaining crumb mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars.

*You can make your own like we did by putting two sleeves of graham crackers in a gallon ziploc bag and taking your frustrations out on it with a meat mallet. My daughter was extremely happy to help with this task. :)

We made them this afternoon and they will spend the night in the fridge; they will be ready for having with our morning coffee! Tomorrow I will also make a brunch of cheese omelets and home fries and sausage, and for dinner I am making my Pepperoni Pan Pizzas. I don't know if the way to my husbands heart is through his stomach, but that is how I intend to get there! haha! I got my daughter a princess painting kit and some glittery headbands from us, and I helped her make some valentines for her daddy a few days ago. I have no idea what my husband got me. Hope your Valentines Day is sweet!

Happy eating!


  1. I didn't realize there were milk chocolate and peanut butter morsels from Town House; those by themselves sound yummy but those bars sound delicious!! I think you guys will have a great Valentine's Day together! (at least you will definitely all be well fed, LOL)

    we never did much with Valentine's day either, very low key which I think is a good thing



  2. That sounds yummy! We went to dinner Saturday with friends, and Sunday, Valentines Day was really all about our daughter! :) I love it - hubby got her a balloon and candy, I let her get a Barbie doll (she's just getting into them) then we took her out for ice cream.

  3. YUM! Love peanut butter and chocolate together. Great recipe!

  4. Yum! I bet he loved them, I know I would have :)