Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake





2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup butter (melted) (I use ONE stick butter)


Chocolate Layer: 


6 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate

6 Tablespoons butter

½ cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour


Peanut Butter layer:


3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 and ½ cups firmly packed brown sugar

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

3 large eggs (room temperature)

1 egg yolk (room temperature)

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


Chocolate Ganache:


1 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Garnish: chopped miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, chopped nuts and peanut butter m & m’s.




Preheat Oven to 300.


To prepare crust:   Preheat oven to 300°. In a small bowl, combine crushed graham crackers and brown sugar. Add melted butter, stirring to combine. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes.


To prepare filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and peanut butter at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in cream and crushed candy. Spoon batter into prepared crust. Bake at 350F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn oven off, and leave in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven, and let cool completely. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with chopped candy bars, if desired.


To prepare chocolate Ganache: (optional)


In a small bowl, combine chocolate and cream.  Microwave on High in 30-second intervals; stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Spread over cooled cheesecake.  Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  Garnish with chopped chocolate-covered peanut butter cups, if desired.


Recipe from Paula Deen’s 2010 magazine “Best Dishes.”


2 thoughts on “Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

  1. Not sure if you even check this blog post but I have been looking for this recipe FOREVER! My husband tossed my Paula Deen magazine. It looks like you mixed up the chocalate layer and cheesecake layer in the instructions and I am hoping you still have them. I made this twice for work and co-workers have been begging for 6 months for me to make again. Thanks in advance if you can help. This is one yummy cheesecake!!


    • Dianna, I made the correction you were referring to and I appreciate you pointing this out to me….after all, to error is human as they say. I post a lot of things and without a proof reader, I’m sure I have my errors! I’m glad you enjoy this cheesecake as much as I do, I agree, this is one yummy cheesecake!


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