Peanut Butter Cheesecake

I love cheesecakes.  But I need to confess something to you…I had never made one until recently.  Like ever.  Can you even believe that?  I’ve always been scared to make them because I was afraid mine would sink or get cracks in them, but that’s really not a good enough reason to not make a cheesecake now is it?  Especially when they’re so delicious.

As I’ve recently discovered, making a cheesecake is easy peasy lemon squeazy.  Yes, it really is.  I was inspired by the Philadelphia Cheesecake of the Year contest, and decided that I needed to make a cheesecake submission of my own.  So I made a Peanut Butter Cheesecake…a real baked-in-the-oven cheesecake, and I’m super proud of it!  Now I am ready to make all the cheesecakes…

Peanut Butter Cheesecake {A Pretty Life}

This cheesecake is mega scrumptious.  I really think it’s the best one I’ve had this year…it’s so peanut buttery and cream cheesy smooth with a delicious cookie crust.  You can’t really go wrong with a peanut butter – cream cheese flavour explosion!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake {A Pretty Life}

Drizzled with chocolate and this peanut butter cheesecake is the best dessert ever.  Like everyone told me when I was looking for cheesecake advice…don’t over mix the batter and follow the baking instructions.  Keep calm and cheesecake on.  😉

Here is my recipe…I hope you enjoy it!



Peanut Butter Cheesecake


Cookie Crust

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling

  • 3 – 8 oz bricks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (at room temperature (see notes))
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sour cream


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cookie Crust

  1. Place the cookies and sugar into a food processor and process until ground into fine crumbs.
  2. Then add the melted butter and pulse until the mixture is combined.
  3. Press the cookie mixture into a 9 inch springform pan, and bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Set aside to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling

  1. Beat together the cream cheese and peanut butter until creamy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add both sugars and beat again for a few minutes.
  3. Then beat in the vanilla, and the eggs 1 at a time.
  4. Add the sour cream and combine.

Putting it all together:

  1. Pour the cheesecake filling on to the crust in the springform pan, making sure the top is flat and smooth.
  2. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  3. After this time, turn off the oven and leave the door of the oven ajar, leaving the cheesecake to sit for an additional 30 minutes in the oven.
  4. Remove from the oven and move the cheesecake to a cooling rack, letting it cool completely.


  1. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle them over your cooled cheesecake.
  2. Refrigerate your cheesecake for at least 4 hours, or even overnight before serving.



  • If your cream cheese isn’t at room temperature, you can microwave each block on high for about 20 seconds.
  • Don’t over mix the cream cheese batter or it won’t set properly.
  • You can line your pan with parchment paper so that your cake can easily be removed from the pan after it has baked.

Recipe adapted from epicurious

Peanut Butter Cheesecake {A Pretty Life}


Have a delicious day!

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The opinions expressed are all mine, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kraft Canada.  🙂

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  • Reply angela m June 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    This looks delicious, thanks for the recipe. I have pinned for later.

  • Reply Thea June 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    I can’t believe you never made a cheesecake before! This one looks divine! I am hoping you will enter. I also wonder how one becomes a taste tester for this contest? I could so do that! LOL

  • Reply Brooke June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I want to make it right now. This looks so delicious, and I bet people would be impressed with my making it…

  • Reply Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life... June 13, 2014 at 4:49 AM

    It looks fantastic… your pics made my mouth water!!

  • Reply Sonja June 5, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Hey when you made the cheesecake with the Oreo cookies, did you leave the white icing on that between the cookie ?
    Thanks xx

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