Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Squares Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Squares | Food styling by Christopher St. Onge | Prop styling by Alanna Davey Image by: Ronald Tsang

A smooth and silky no-bake filling comes together in a matter of minutes for this easy crowd-pleasing treat. Be sure to top the squares with peanuts quickly, before the chocolate sets.

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 5 hours & 15 minutes
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine




Crust: In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy; beat in peanut butter and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk flour with salt; stir into butter mixture in 2 additions. Knead gently just until dough comes together.

Press into bottom of parchment paper– lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until edges are light golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.

Filling: While crust is cooling, in small saucepan, add 2 tbsp water; sprinkle gelatin over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Heat over low heat until gelatin is dissolved, about 1 minute.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth; beat in chocolate, condensed milk, cream, peanut butter, vanilla and gelatin mixture. Scrape over crust, smoothing top. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Lift out onto cutting board; cut into 36 squares.

Garnish: Using piping bag fitted with small plain tip, pipe small circle of chocolate in centre of each square; top each circle with 1 peanut half, pressing gently to adhere. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Make sure to thoroughly beat the cream cheese until smooth to give the cheesecake filling the silkiest texture.

Makes 36 squares.

Nutritional facts per square: about

  • Sodium 28 mg
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 114.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Potassium 49 mg
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g


  • Iron 3.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake Squares