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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars

Stephanie Rutherford
These peanut butter and jelly cheesecake bars have a peanut butter cookie crust, peanut butter cheesecake and homemade strawberry jelly. They are topped with peanut butter oat cookie crumble.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 50 mins
Chilling Time 6 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 bars
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Peanut Butter Cookie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Brown sugar packed light or dark
  • 1/4 cup White granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup Peanut butter creamy
  • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Quick oats for the topping
  • 1 TBSP All-purpose flour for the topping

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

  • 8 oz Cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup White granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter creamy
  • 1/8 cup Sour cream
  • 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg

Strawberry Jam

  • 2 cups Fresh strawberries washed, dries, and quartered.
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup White granulated sugar

Instructions
 

Strawberry Jam

  • Start the jam first. It can be made right before baking or a day before. In a saucepan, mix the quartered strawberries, water, and sugar. Heat on medium until the sugar is melted. Turn the heat to a medium-high, and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Turn the heat back down to medium-low.
  • Cook for 22-27 minutes. As it cooks, use a wooden spoon or potato masher to gently mash the strawberries. The strawberries will start as a pink foam. As the strawberries cook it will turn into a deeper red. It won't turn red until the end of cooking.
  • The strawberry jam will be done cooking once the jam can coat the back of a spoon. Pour the jam into a glass measuring glass. Let it sit while you make everything else. It should thicken as it sits.

Peanut Butter Cookie Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8X8 inch pan with baking non-stick spray. Line the bottom and 2 sides of the pan with parchment paper. Spray again.
  • In a medium bowl. sift the flour and salt together. Using a mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Add in peanut butter and vanilla. Once combined, add in the egg and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl to make sure all the butter is mixed in.
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Scoop 2/3rds of the dough into the pan. Press the dough down evenly using a rubber spatula or your hands. Bake for 18-20 minutes. until the cookie starts to turn golden brown
  • With the rest of the dough, mix in the extra flour and oats until combined. Set aside. This is for the topping of the bars.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake

  • Turn the oven down to 325°F. Don't start making the cheesecake batter until the crust is done baking. Use a hand mixer and beat the cream cheese in a bowl on high. Beat for 1 minute. Add in the sugar and beat for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl.
  • Add in peanut butter, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix on medium until smooth and creamy. Add in the egg and mix on low. Mix until just combined.
  • Spread the cheesecake batter on top of the cookie crust. Use a 1/2 TBSP and scoop the jam into drops on top of the cheesecake batter. Use an icing spatula to spread the jam evenly across the batter.
  • Take the cookie topping and use your fingers to spread it into tiny pieces across the jam. Cover the entire pan with the cookie topping.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes. Bake until there is a small jiggle in the middle. The topping should be lightly golden brown. Turn off the oven and prop open the door. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely. Cover and transfer to the fridge. Chill for 6 hours or overnight.

Notes

Bring out all dairy ingredients 2 hours before baking to bring to room temperature.
Flour- Make sure flour is spooned and leveled or use a kitchen scale. Compacted flour will dry out the crust.
High altitude baking- Add an extra 1 TBSP of flour.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 350kcal
Keyword cheesecake bars, easy, peanut butter cheesecake, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter sauce, strawberry jam
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