Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Indulge in the ultimate dessert experience with this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake. Combining the creamy texture of cheesecake with the rich, nutty flavor of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this dessert is sure to impress any crowd. Perfect for special occasions or a delightful treat any day of the week!


  • 2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate ganache (optional for topping)
  • Additional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for decoration


1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C). Prepare a 9-inch springform pan by mixing the crushed graham crackers with melted butter and pressing the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

2. Prepare Cheesecake Filling: In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese, smooth peanut butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.

3. Add Eggs: Add the eggs one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next.

4. Stir in Heavy Cream: Stir in the heavy cream until the mixture is smooth.

5. Fold in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Gently fold in the chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

6. Pour into Crust: Pour the cheesecake filling over the prepared crust in the springform pan.

7. Bake: Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until the center is just set and the top appears dull.

8. Cool: Remove the cheesecake from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cheesecake, then allow it to cool for an additional hour.

9. Refrigerate: Refrigerate the cheesecake overnight to allow it to fully set and develop its flavors.

10. Decorate: Before serving, top the cheesecake with chocolate ganache (if using) and decorate with additional Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for an extra touch of indulgence.

Nutritional Information:

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes (includes chilling time)
  • Kcal: 720 kcal per serving
  • Servings: 12 servings

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Chilled: For the best texture and flavor, serve the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake chilled. This helps the flavors meld together beautifully.
  2. Whipped Cream: Add a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of each slice to enhance the creamy texture.
  3. Extra Toppings: Drizzle some chocolate or caramel sauce over the top, or sprinkle with crushed peanuts for an added crunch.
  4. Fruit Garnish: Add fresh berries like strawberries or raspberries for a refreshing contrast to the rich cheesecake.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store the cheesecake in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days.
  2. Freezing: To extend the shelf life, you can freeze the cheesecake. Wrap individual slices or the whole cheesecake tightly in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil or place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  3. Thawing: When ready to eat, thaw the cheesecake in the refrigerator overnight. For quicker thawing, let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Reheating Tips:

  1. Microwave: If you prefer your cheesecake slightly warm, microwave individual slices for about 10-15 seconds. Be cautious not to overheat, as this can cause the cheesecake to become too soft or melt.
  2. Oven: You can also warm slices in the oven. Preheat to 300°F (150°C) and heat for about 5-10 minutes. This method is best if you want to retain a firmer texture.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake remains fresh and delicious, ready to delight anyone who takes a bite. Enjoy!

Variations :

1. Oreo Crust:

  • Ingredients: Replace the chocolate graham crackers with crushed Oreo cookies (with filling) for a richer, chocolatey crust.
  • Decoration: Garnish with mini Oreo cookies along with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

2. Nutella Swirl:

  • Ingredients: Swirl 1/2 cup of Nutella into the cheesecake batter before baking for a hazelnut-chocolate twist.
  • Decoration: Drizzle Nutella on top before serving.

3. Banana Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • Ingredients: Add 1 mashed ripe banana to the cheesecake batter for a hint of banana flavor that pairs perfectly with peanut butter.
  • Decoration: Top with banana slices and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

4. Salted Caramel:

  • Ingredients: Add a layer of salted caramel sauce over the crust before adding the cheesecake batter.
  • Decoration: Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with sea salt flakes.

5. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • Ingredients: Replace the chocolate ganache with melted white chocolate for a different flavor profile.
  • Decoration: Garnish with white chocolate shavings and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

6. Brownie Bottom Cheesecake:

  • Ingredients: Use a brownie mix to create a brownie base instead of a graham cracker crust. Bake the brownie base first, then add the cheesecake batter on top.
  • Decoration: Garnish with brownie pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

7. Dark Chocolate Cheesecake:

  • Ingredients: Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate in the ganache for a deeper, more intense chocolate flavor.
  • Decoration: Sprinkle with dark chocolate curls and chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

8. Crunchy Pretzel Crust:

  • Ingredients: Replace the graham cracker crust with crushed pretzels for a sweet and salty combination.
  • Decoration: Garnish with crushed pretzels and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

9. Peanut Butter Cookie Crust:

  • Ingredients: Use crushed peanut butter cookies instead of graham crackers for an extra peanut butter boost.
  • Decoration: Garnish with mini peanut butter cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

10. Marshmallow Fluff:

  • Ingredients: Swirl 1/2 cup of marshmallow fluff into the cheesecake batter before baking for a creamy, sweet variation.
  • Decoration: Top with toasted mini marshmallows and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

These variations offer a range of flavors and textures to suit any taste preference. Enjoy experimenting with these ideas to create your own unique twist on the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake.


1. Can I use chunky peanut butter instead of smooth? Yes, you can use chunky peanut butter if you prefer a bit of texture in your cheesecake. The small peanut pieces will add a nice crunch.

2. What type of chocolate graham crackers should I use? You can use any brand of chocolate graham crackers. If you can’t find chocolate graham crackers, you can substitute with regular graham crackers or crushed chocolate cookies.

3. How do I prevent cracks in my cheesecake? To prevent cracks, ensure you don’t overmix the batter and bake the cheesecake in a water bath. Place the springform pan in a larger pan filled with hot water, which helps to cook the cheesecake evenly.

4. Can I make this cheesecake gluten-free? Yes, you can make it gluten-free by using gluten-free graham crackers or cookies for the crust. Make sure all other ingredients, like the chocolate and peanut butter, are also gluten-free.

5. Can I use low-fat cream cheese? For the best texture and flavor, it’s recommended to use full-fat cream cheese. Low-fat options may result in a less creamy and more watery cheesecake.

6. How long should I refrigerate the cheesecake? It’s best to refrigerate the cheesecake overnight (at least 8 hours) to allow it to fully set and develop its flavors.

7. Can I use mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of chopping regular ones? Yes, mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups work just as well and can save you time on chopping. You can mix them into the batter or use them for decoration.

8. How do I make the chocolate ganache? To make the chocolate ganache, heat 1/2 cup of heavy cream until it just begins to simmer. Remove from heat and add 1 cup of chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir until smooth.

9. Can I freeze the cheesecake with the ganache and decorations? It’s best to freeze the cheesecake without the ganache and decorations. Add these elements after thawing to maintain the best texture and appearance.

10. How do I know when the cheesecake is done baking? The cheesecake is done when the edges are set and the center is still slightly jiggly. It will continue to set as it cools. Avoid overbaking to keep the cheesecake creamy.

These FAQs should help you achieve the best results when making the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake. Enjoy your baking experience!

This Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is a decadent dessert that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. The combination of smooth peanut butter, creamy cheesecake, and the irresistible crunch of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups makes every bite a heavenly experience. Enjoy!