No-Bake Buckeye Cheesecake Bars

If you’re in the mood for a dessert that’s rich, creamy, and utterly indulgent, but without the fuss of baking, then these No-Bake Buckeye Cheesecake Bars are your answer. Combining the classic flavors of chocolate and peanut butter in a heavenly cheesecake form, these bars are the perfect treat for any occasion. With a simple Oreo cookie crust, a luscious peanut butter cheesecake filling, and a decadent chocolate ganache topping, these bars are guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family alike.


For the crust:

  • 2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whipped topping, plus more for garnish

For the topping:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Whole peanuts for garnish


  1. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal later.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chocolate graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter until well mixed. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared dish to form the crust. Place it in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Gently fold in the whipped topping until fully incorporated.
  4. Spread the filling evenly over the chilled crust in the baking dish. Return it to the refrigerator to chill while you make the topping.
  5. For the topping, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter together until smooth and glossy. Spread this chocolate ganache over the chilled filling layer.
  6. Refrigerate the bars for at least 4 hours, or until set and firm.
  7. Before serving, garnish with additional whipped topping and whole peanuts. Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the dish and cut them into squares.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Chill Time: 4 hours | Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 420 kcal | Servings: 12 bars

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serving Suggestions:
    • For a stunning presentation, cut the chilled bars into squares using a sharp knife.
    • Serve chilled for the best texture and flavor. The creamy cheesecake filling paired with the crunchy crust and chocolate ganache is simply irresistible.
  2. Garnish with Flair:
    • Before serving, top each bar with a dollop of whipped topping and a whole peanut for an extra touch of elegance and flavor.
    • For added visual appeal, drizzle some additional melted chocolate over the bars just before serving.
  3. Accompaniments:
    • Pair these decadent bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a glass of cold milk for the ultimate indulgence.
    • Fresh berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, make a delightful accompaniment, adding a burst of freshness to complement the rich flavors.
  4. Storage Tips:
    • Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
    • To maintain their freshness and prevent the chocolate ganache from melting, store the bars on a flat surface in a single layer, separating each layer with parchment paper.
  5. Freezing Instructions:
    • These bars can also be frozen for longer-term storage. Wrap individual bars tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe container.
    • To thaw, transfer the bars to the refrigerator overnight and allow them to thaw slowly for best results. Avoid thawing at room temperature to prevent condensation and potential texture changes.
  6. Refreshing Leftovers:
    • If the bars become slightly soft or lose their shape after storage, simply pop them back into the refrigerator for a brief chill before serving. This will help them regain their firmness and shape.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your No-Bake Buckeye Cheesecake Bars remain irresistibly delicious from the first bite to the last, whether you’re enjoying them freshly made or as a delightful treat from the freezer.



  1. Chocolate Lovers’ Delight:
    • Swap the chocolate graham crackers for chocolate wafer cookies to intensify the chocolate flavor in the crust.
    • For an extra decadent twist, sprinkle mini chocolate chips or chocolate shavings over the chocolate ganache topping before chilling.
  2. Nutty Crunch:
    • Experiment with different types of nuts for added texture and flavor. Try chopped roasted almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts in place of peanuts.
    • Incorporate crunchy peanut butter into the cheesecake filling for an extra nutty dimension.
  3. Cookie Swap:
    • Use crushed Oreo cookies instead of chocolate graham crackers for the crust to add an extra layer of cookie goodness.
    • Consider using flavored Oreos like peanut butter or mint for a unique twist on the classic recipe.
  4. Seasonal Flair:
    • Incorporate seasonal flavors by adding a hint of cinnamon or pumpkin spice to the cheesecake filling during the fall months.
    • Top the bars with seasonal fruits such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, or even caramelized apples for a refreshing summer or autumn twist.
  5. Indulgent Toppings:
    • Experiment with different toppings to suit your taste preferences. Try drizzling caramel sauce or a raspberry coulis over the bars for a sweet and tangy contrast.
    • Sprinkle sea salt flakes over the chocolate ganache for a gourmet touch that enhances the richness of the dessert.
  6. Dietary Modifications:
    • For a lighter version, use reduced-fat cream cheese and whipped topping in the filling.
    • Substitute almond butter or sunflower seed butter for peanut butter to accommodate nut allergies.
  7. Miniature Treats:
    • Instead of bars, make bite-sized cheesecake bites by pressing the crust into mini muffin tins and filling them with the cheesecake mixture. Top each bite with a drizzle of chocolate ganache and a single peanut for a delightful miniature dessert.

By exploring these creative variations, you can customize the No-Bake Buckeye Cheesecake Bars to suit your taste preferences and create exciting new flavor combinations that are sure to impress your friends and family.


  • Can I use regular graham crackers instead of chocolate graham crackers for the crust?
    • Yes, you can substitute regular graham crackers if you prefer. However, using chocolate graham crackers adds an extra layer of chocolate flavor to the crust.
  • Can I make these bars ahead of time?
    • Absolutely! These bars are perfect for making ahead of time. Simply store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  • Can I freeze these bars?
    • Yes, you can freeze these bars for longer-term storage. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing them in a freezer-safe container.
  • Can I use natural peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter?
    • While you can use natural peanut butter, keep in mind that it may alter the texture of the filling slightly. Creamy peanut butter is recommended for the creamiest results.
  • How long do these bars need to chill before serving?
    • It’s best to refrigerate the bars for at least 4 hours, or until they are set and firm. However, overnight chilling yields the best results.
  • Can I omit the whipped topping from the filling?
    • The whipped topping adds lightness and creaminess to the filling, but you can omit it if desired. However, the texture of the cheesecake filling may be denser without it.
  • Can I use a different type of chocolate for the ganache topping?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different types of chocolate, such as milk chocolate or dark chocolate, to customize the flavor to your liking.
  • How should I store leftover bars?
    • Store any leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days to maintain their freshness.
  • Can I make these bars gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can make these bars gluten-free by using gluten-free chocolate graham crackers or gluten-free cookie crumbs for the crust.
  • Can I use store-bought whipped topping or should I make my own?
    • Either option works fine. You can use store-bought whipped topping or make your own whipped cream as a substitute.


These No-Bake Buckeye Cheesecake Bars are not only incredibly delicious but also incredibly easy to make. With their perfect balance of chocolate and peanut butter flavors, they’re sure to become a new favorite in your dessert repertoire. So go ahead, treat yourself to a slice (or two) of pure indulgence – you deserve it!