Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake

The husband had a birthday this week.

He doesn’t like frosting, so cake is usually out of the question when it comes to birthday treats. Oh, and no. I don’t know what planet he is from. Thanks for asking.

I told him to choose a treat for his birthday dinner and he happily answered brownies from a box with nothing weird done to them.

“You’re a food bloggers dream, you know that?” I told him.

He was super proud of himself, not realizing that actually, he kind of sucks. I mean, would you guys really want me to make a box of brownies and share it here? The recipe would read “Buy a box of brownies. Follow the instructions. The end!”

So, I completely ignored him, as is my wifely right, and I made him his two favorite desserts combined. Cheesecake and brownies from a box.

The peanut butter cheesecake is no-bake, so this is a pretty simple dessert without a ton of hands on time. It does need to chill for four hours before serving, though, so keep that in mind!

Oh, and happy birthday, husband. I guess I’ll keep you.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake


1 family sized package brownie mix
3/4 cup hot fudge-flavored ice cream topping, warmed
2 8 - ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar


Prepare the brownies according to package directions. Bake in a 9x13 baking dish and allow to cool completely.
Cut brownies into bars and place 3/4 of the bars into a 9x3 inch springform pan. Press the brownies together to form the crust.Spread the hot fudge sauce on top of the brownie crust. Set aside.
Crumble the remaining brownies and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter together until well combined. Beat in the condensed milk. Set aside.
Whip the cream until you have soft peaks. Beat in the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
Fold the cream into the cheesecake mixture.
Spread half of the cheesecake mixture on the brownie crust. Sprinkle the crumbled brownies on top. Spread the remaining cheesecake mixture on top of the crumbled brownies.
Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
Garnish with chocolate syrup or peanut butter cups if desired.

adapted from Midwest Living

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20 Responses to “Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake”

  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie October 5, 2012 @ 10:20 am (#

    Even though I JUST made a buckeye cheesecake with a brownie bottom, this is different enough that I want it too!


  2. tijuana smith @ po' man meals October 5, 2012 @ 10:21 am (#

    the hubby would passed out. oh, and me too! lol. i have to make this. like now. :)


  3. natalie@thesweetslife October 5, 2012 @ 11:13 am (#

    sigh. my husband doesn’t like cake either. in fact i had to make him BERRIES WITH WHIPPED CREAM for his birthday dessert. delicious? yes. but seriously?!

    i’m totally making this for my sister’s bday bc she looooooves the choc pb combo!


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 5, 2012 @ 11:23 am (#


    Yes, you HAVE covered all the bases with this big beautiful hunk ‘o gorgeousness!


  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 5, 2012 @ 11:32 am (#

    This sounds so lovely!!


  6. Jocelyn October 5, 2012 @ 3:30 pm (#

    Your hubby sounds like mine…plain desserts! Blah! It kills me to make those kind of desserts because the crazy baker inside me wants to throw so many things into those plain brownies:-) I love love LOVE this cheesecake that you created…peanut butter, brownie, and cheesecake…3 of my very favorites in one Killer dessert! Swoon!!!


  7. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 5, 2012 @ 5:22 pm (#

    Totes drooling over this. Yes, I said ‘totes.’ See what this pb brownie cheesecake goodness does to me?


  8. Joanne October 5, 2012 @ 5:36 pm (#

    Well, my boyfriend doesn’t like cheesecake so I am definitely not sure what planet he’s on either. Weirdo. LOVING this combo of baked goods…it’s kind of the best of all worlds.


  9. Becca from It's Yummilicious October 5, 2012 @ 6:14 pm (#

    You’re missing the silver lining in this whole big brownie cheesecake shingdig (yes, I said shindig…sue me)
    The skinny (you like that one better? Nah. me neither) is that it’s so flippin’ easy to make that we can make one up in a jiffy (call me retro girl), head over to a quiet corner, and totally ignore the “noise” of any naysayers while we throw our faces into this goodness.
    You’re welcome…. <3


  10. Riley October 5, 2012 @ 6:16 pm (#

    Peanut butter and chocolate are the best combination I can think of. This looks delicious!


  11. Jolie October 5, 2012 @ 11:30 pm (#

    So, your post cracked me up. I had to read it to my husband. . . I am not joking. . . he tells me the same thing . . . all the time. It drives me crazy! So, thanks for the yummy recipe, I am going to have to make it soon (although right now Pumpkin is calling my name) and thanks for making me feel like I am not alone! I appreciate it!


  12. Elizabeth @Food Ramblings October 6, 2012 @ 6:32 am (#

    All my favorite (and fattening) things are in this recipe!


  13. Words Of Deliciousness October 6, 2012 @ 11:34 pm (#

    Wow!! This brownie cheesecake looks really yummy. Your husband is one lucky guy. I hope he had a nice birthday.


  14. Rachel October 7, 2012 @ 7:44 am (#

    A thumbs-up !

    Making me hungry right now. And these flavors sound amazing. The textures look pleasing.


  15. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee October 9, 2012 @ 4:24 am (#

    WOW. just wow. I want this now.

    Your hubs was very lucky for his birthday!


  16. Lindsay Lee October 19, 2012 @ 10:22 am (#

    LOL that seriously sounds just like my husband. He doesn’t like frosting and he always wants boxed brownies. I love baking, thank goodness I have 3 kids to help eat it. My husband will only eat boxed brownies and plain chocolate chip cookies. So boring! =(


  17. Wendy December 17, 2012 @ 7:19 pm (#

    Will you marry me? Just kidding…what I meant to say is, I love you. Um no, that’s not it either. This recipe looks heavenly, I want to eat this and only this every day for the rest of my life. That’s what I meant to say.



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