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Chocolate-Peanut Cheesecake Bars

You won’t hear any complaints about these rich peanut butter cheesecake bars layered with a can’t-miss combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GANACHE:
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl combine the cookie mix and butter; stir in peanuts. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
  • Bake until center is almost set, 15-20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache reaches a spreading consistency, about 40 minutes. Spread over top. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 294 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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