Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake

This sweet and salty peanut butter pretzel cheesecake even comes with a swirl of chocolate. It’s bound to be a new favorite dessert.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake

This Pretzel Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake is the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Creamy, decadent, and sure to please any peanut butter lover.

One of the things I get asked to make the most is cheesecake. Which is funny, because it’s one of the desserts I like the least.

Well. I shouldn’t say that I dislike cheesecake, because I certainly don’t. But I’m pretty picky about it. Most cheesecakes are way too sweet for me.

This one is obviously sweet (it is a cheesecake), but it’s so perfectly balanced.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake

No need to make two different bases for this dreamy pretzel peanut butter chocolate cheesecake.

I make one plain cheesecake base with cream cheese, sour cream, pure vanilla, and brown sugar. The base gets split evenly in half and divided into two bowls, where peanut butter gets mixed into one and melted semisweet chocolate into the other.

It then gets swirled together into a crust made from chocolate graham crackers, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, and salted pretzels.

The molasses-laced brown sugar, nutty peanut butter, rich chocolate, and salty pretzels create a delicious and balanced flavor profile that isn’t too sweet.

Peanut Butter Pretzel CheesecakeClick here for the pretzel crust recipe.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecake
 
This sweet and salty peanut butter pretzel cheesecake even comes with a layer of chocolate. It's bound to be a new favorite dessert.
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Recipe Type: Baking, Dessert
Ingredients
FOR THE PRETZEL CRUST:
  • Click the link above for the recipe.
FOR THE FILLING:
  • 2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
FOR TOPPING:
  • Additional melted chocolate
  • Mini chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Whole and crushed mini pretzels
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Make the Crust: In a large bowl or food processor, mix the ground chocolate graham crackers, ground pretzels, cinnamon, and brown sugar with the melted butter until the mixture comes together and forms a ball when squeezed. Line a 10? springform pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. Layer the outside of the pan with several layers of aluminum foil. Press the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan and about halfway up the sides. Freeze the crust for 10 minutes before baking. Bake for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool.
  3. Make the Filling: In a standing mixer, beat room temperature cream cheese until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and continue beating until smooth and a bit fluffy, another 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, salt, and the room temperature eggs, one at a time, beating on low until each egg is just combined. Do not over-mix.
  4. Do the rest by hand. Remove the bowl from the standing mixer and fold in the sour cream. Finally, fold in the flour until all of the flour is incorporated and everything is evenly mixed.
  5. Divide the cheesecake batter evenly between two bowls. In one bowl, fold in the creamy peanut butter. In the other, fold in the melted (but not hot) chocolate.
  6. Fill ¾ of the chocolate batter into the cooled crust, followed by the peanut butter batter. Using a skewer or knife, swirl both batters together, ensuring not to disturb the crust. Drizzle the rest of the chocolate batter on top, gently swirling it in.
  7. Place the pan in a water bath and cook the cheesecake until almost set, about 50-55 minutes. The outside should be completely set when moved but the center should still be jiggly. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, for one hour. Remove from the oven and when completely cool, wrap with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  8. When ready to serve, un-mold the cheesecake and top with a drizzle of chocolate, peanut butter cups, and crushed and whole pretzels. Enjoy!

 

Tiffany La Forge

Tiffany La Forge

Professional Pastry Chef and food writer, exploring the world and all of its culinary adventures. Parsnips + Pastries is a food blog about seasonal produce, healthy recipes, and the occasional sweet indulgence. It also offers DIY, tips, and tricks to help you live your happiest, healthiest life.

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