Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake

It's Monday, BUT I only have a 2 1/2 day work week for the 4th of July. Do you have a short week?  I love short weeks.

My husband asked me to make a cheesecake for his boss, who was moving on to a new company. I think I misunderstood the directions because apparently he asked for a peanut butter brownie cheesecake and I made a peanut butter cheesecake with brownie bottom. See the difference? 

This is another one I wasn't able to cut or taste since it was a gift, but they tell me it was good. My husband took the last picture at the bar after they cut it.

It was my first time using my new springform pan and I'm in love with it. Now I want to make all kinds of things with it. 
Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}

Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}

Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}

Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}

Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}
Cell phone pic from the going away dinner. 
Source: A combination of this recipe + a Philadelphia recipe
Servings: 8-10

For the brownie bottom
10 oz package brownie mix (Betty Crocker makes a fudge brownie pouch)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons water
1 egg

For the peanut butter cheesecake
(2) 8 oz cream cheese blocks, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

For the chocolate drizzle
handful of Ghirardelli baking chips
1 Tablespoon peanut butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9" springform pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the brownie mix, vegetable oil, water, and egg. Stir about 50 times (batter may be slightly lumpy) and spread into the prepared pan.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecake {Persnickety Plates}

While the brownie base is cooking, prepare the peanut butter cheesecake.

In a large bowl, with a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low between each addition, until just blended. Store in the fridge until the brownie bottom is baking.

Once the brownie bottom is done, pour the cheesecake mixture on top. Spread it evenly with a spatula.

Raise the oven temp to 350.

Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. I would probably check it after 35 minutes to see how it's doing. Mine took closer to 50 minutes.

Cool on the counter for a few minutes then transfer to the fridge.

In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips & peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave another 20 seconds or so or until creamy and fully combined. Add to a plastic baggie, then snip the very tip. Drizzle across the cheesecake.

Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

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  1. This looks delicious! Love the brownie bottom and the chocolate drizzle on top!

  2. Looks amazing Melissa! Love the brownie crust and cheese cake..delicious :)
    Thank you so much for linking up at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays..hope to see you next week!
    Erin @ Table for Seven

  3. Doors the brownie get hard because it's baked twice?

  4. Doors the brownie get hard because it's baked twice?

  5. That looks amazing! I'm always a sucker for peanut butter and chocolate, and with cheesecake, I'm totally trying this. Just pinned. Thanks!

  6. I can't wait to try this, Melissa! Pinned it and I will be sharing this on FB tomorrow! Thanks so much for partying with us this week :)

  7. Making this right now because I had cream cheese that was about to expire and I don't have Graham crackers for the traditional crust. I don't see anything in the directions that says when to add the sugar to the mixture. I just added it at after the eggs. Smells good already. My family is so glad I am in the mood to cook. Thanks!

    1. Oops! Sorry about that, I added it now. Hope you enjoy it! =)

  8. That sure does look great! Wish I had a piece. Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday. Pinned it!

  9. It's a gorgeous cake!
    And I really like the combination of cream cheese and PB


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