Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares

Peanut Butter Cheesecake SquaresWe really aren’t big into Valentines Day.  Sorry.  I can’t pretend like we are, when we’re not.  I will say that it is a good excuse to have a dish of M&M’s out and to make something nommy for my kiddos!

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe since last summer when I met up with my friends from the American Dairy Association Mideast in Austin Texas for Blogher Food.  The ADA Mideast hosted a scrumptious Wine and Cheesecake event.  It was seriously over the top!  Being that they’re from Ohio they call this cheesecake Buckeye Cheesecake…of course. (As much as I love my Ohio friends I just couldn’t bring myself to have Buckeye in the title of a recipe here.)  This cheesecake was served in the traditional round cake version at the party, but recently  Ree inspired me to make cheesecake in squares.  I think making it in squares makes it easier for sharing!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake SquaresStart by taking a sheet of parchment paper and fitting it down into a 9×13 baking pan.  Parchment paper is my friend.  Then whip up a box of brownie mix, spoon it into the parchment lined pan, bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and cool.

IMG_2258While the brownie crust is cooling whip up the peanut butter cheese cake middle.  It’s really pretty dang easy.  Pardon my French.

IMG_2260Next you will need to find a pan that your 9×13 pan can sit in. Sit the 9×13 down in to the larger pan and pour hot water in larger pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the smaller pan.  Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes.


IMG_2261Is that pretty er what?! Allow cheesecake to cool completely.  Then remove cheesecake from water bath and place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, and while it’s cooling and stuff you can make the chocolate ganache!  Ganache aren’t you lucky 😉

Gah-nache you’re cute!

Oh gah-nash ya don’t say…..

OK ga-nash is ga-NASH!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake SquaresSo as I was saying the chocolate ganache is super simple.  Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with butter and vegetable oil whisk until smooth, pour over cheesecake, and spread evenly across the cake with a spatula.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares The rest is history.


Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares

Cut into squares, and prepared to be amazed!


Peanut Butter Cheesecake SquaresNo other peanut butter cheesecake will compare.  Not a big peanut butter fan you say….mmmm I think this will make a believer out of ya!  Not too sweet,  brownie on the bottom, creamy dreamy cheesecake layer with the perfect amount of peanut butter in the middle, top it off with smooth and silky layer of chocolate ganache.

Are you week in the knees?

Do you need to sit down?

Glass of milk perhaps?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares


After a quick scan of instagram this morning I realize my Valentines Day scrooginess is somewhat in the minority.  I am curious to hear are you a V-day Scrooge?  Or do you go all out with cards, candy, flowers, lovey dovey notes?  OK OK I confess I did get Kenny a card….it was a funny card, and he brought me home flowers last night.  I guess I’m not a total scrooge.  So spill the beans what are you doing for your lovelies today?
Signed, Her Scrooginess
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    Sheila :

    Not sure why the comments are not coming up on this post. I’m working on figuring it out….