Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake {in a jar}

filed under: Cheesecakes on December 22, 2014

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake is a fantastic recipe to try! And serving it in a jar is just plain fun! Check out my perfect Cheesecake Recipe and Piggy Pie Dessert for other great options!

Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake

There is a reason that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are so popular. It actually involves science. It’s called Dynamic Sensory Contrast. It has to do with our taste buds loving contrasting textures. But, I don’t need a scientific explanation as to why I love this combination so much. I just do! I can’t say no to any dessert or treat with this perfect combination. And, when cheesecake is added to the mix, that is just pure dessert perfection.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake Recipe

Not only is this a fun dessert to serve and eat, but it is also pretty easy to put together. So, get out some jars and prepare all the parts to this yummy treat.

Cheesecake Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Cream cheese
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Whipped topping

Oreo Crust Ingredients

  • Oreo cookies (filling removed)
  • Butter

Topping

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

How to Make Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake in a Jar

To make this dessert, start with the peanut butter cheesecake. In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the cream cheese, peanut butter, and confectioners’ sugar for 30 seconds on low speed. Increase the speed to medium-high and mix for 1-2 more minutes. Then, remove the bowl from the mixer and add 2/3 of the whipped cream, mixing it in by hand. The rest of the whipped cream will be for the topping. I did add diced Reese’s Peanut Butter cups to one jar, actually in the peanut butter cheesecake.  It was almost too much, but I think this would be amazing if it were finely chopped pieces, not the big chunks that you can see above.

To make the Oreo crust, remove the fillings of 24 Oreo cookies. Finely crush the cookies, using a food processor, and then add the melted butter to the crushed cookies. Stir to combine. You are almost ready to put the layers together!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

What Size Jar Should I Use?

I made these in the mini jars and the taller jars. Both work, it’s just a matter of preference and how indulgent you want to be.

With the taller jars, you can see the layers and know you are getting awesome peanut butter cheesecake with chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in between a light fluffy layer of whipped cream that is sitting on a yummy Oreo crust. Plus, it’s a big portion and indulging people is kinda a specialty of mine.

But! It was just too much.  Each tall jar is almost the equivalent of three pieces of pie!  This is not a bad thing if you spread it out over the course of the day~ so maybe write your name on the jar with a Sharpie and then you can head back to the fridge to snack whenever you want! (That is if you have that kind of restraint.) I prefer having a smaller snack ready to grab and eat when I am craving it.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

Assembling Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake in a Jar

Once you have decided on jar size, it’s time to layer all the sweetness into each jar. 

  1. Take 2 tablespoons of Oreo® crust and press into the bottom of each jar; using a spoon helps to press them in evenly.
  2. Carefully spoon peanut butter cheesecake into each jar, about 3/4 way up.
  3. Spoon (or a piping bag also works great here) whipped topping on top of cheesecake.
  4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups.
  5. Add covers to the jars and chill for at least 3 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

This dessert can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, so you don’t need to eat them all at once unless you want to😉.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Jar with Oreo crust!
Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake {in a jar}
Prep Time
20 mins
Chill
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 20 mins
 

Peanut Butter Reese's Cheesecake is a fun to eat treat packed in a jar.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Reese’s Cheesecake
Servings: 5 jars
Calories: 759 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
Ingredients
CHEESECAKE
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 ounces whipped topping, divided
OREO CRUST
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 24) Oreo cookies, filling removed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
TOPPING
  • 16 mini Reese's® Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped and chopped
Instructions
CHEESECAKE
  1. In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, peanut butter, and confectioners' sugar on low speed for 30 seconds using the whisk attachment.

  2. Turn mixer to medium-high and mix for 1-2 more minutes, or until ingredients are smooth and fully incorporated.

  3. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in 2/3 of whipped topping by hand. (The remaining will be added in the jars.)

  4. Optional: if you want peanut butter cups in the cheesecake now is when to add them. Make sure they have been finely chopped. Reserve 1/3 of the cups for garnish.

OREO CRUST
  1. Add 24 Oreos (filling removed and set aside) to a food processor and process until the Oreos are finely crushed.

  2. In a large bowl, add the processed cookies and the melted butter. Stir to combine.

ASSEMBLING THE DESSERT
  1. Take 2 tablespoons of Oreo® crust and press into the bottom of each jar; using a spoon helps to press them in evenly.

  2. Carefully spoon peanut butter cheesecake into each jar, about 3/4 way up.

  3. Carefully spoon (a piping bag also works great here) whipped topping on top of cheesecake.

  4. Add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped Reese's® Peanut Butter Cups.

  5. Add covers to the jars and chill for at least 3 hours.

  6. Store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

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  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says:

    Oh my. Murder She Wrote. I haven’t watched that in YEARS. Love that and THIS OMG.

    • Amanda says:

      You are too cute! 🙂

  • Julie | This Gal Cooks says:

    Since I’m such a huge fan of peanut butter, this is totally my kind of dessert. LOVE it, Amanda!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Julie! Merry Christmas!

  • Jolena @TheRubyKitchen says:

    Jessica Fletcher would totally approve of the tall jar!

    • Amanda says:

      Do you think? lol It’s kinda sad how excited your comment got me. I am that obsessed. 🙂

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    I have a weakness for peanut butter. These no bake cheesecakes would disappear quickly around me. Love it!

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    I love mini desserts like this! And they sound so decadent! No fireplace here, so I guess the Netflix version will have to do 🙂

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu says:

    How gorgeous are these?! The perfect pb treat!

  • Monica says:

    Seeing these, all I want to do is sneak one up to bed, pop it open and devour it with a good book! I love a good murder-mystery, by the way (the cozier, the better)! This looks delicious and a perfect in-bed treat for me! : ) Happy Holidays!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    love Donna & Chad!!! I met them in Miami. . love that they are a team, working together. . anyway .. I LOVE desserts in jars!! and love this peanut butter reeses cheesecake in a jar!!! delicious!!!

  • Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says:

    Oh goodness, this looks absolutely amazing, must make for my cheesecake, reeses loving husband!

  • Sarah says:

    These look delicious! My mom loves loves loves peanut butter and reese’s cups (every Halloween it was a race how quickly the trick or treaters came and how soon she picked them out of the candy bowl as the night went on) so she’ll love these! She also likes cheesecake a ton, so this recipe is the marriage of her 2 favorite desserts. Thanks for the share!

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says:

    What a fabulous way to eat cheesecake! I’m sure I could handle a big jar 🙂

  • ATasteOfMadness says:

    This looks so good!! I am totally craving some of these cheesecakes right now!

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says:

    Is it bad I want the one in the taller jar just so I can have more? Love anything reeses!

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments says:

    Good golly! I could totally down this thing and quick. Mmm..

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    Love The Slow Roasted Italian, too! Such delish recipes! You can never go wrong with peanut butter or chocolate or cheesecake!

  • Carrie @Bakeaholic Mama says:

    There are so cute I almost don’t want to dunk a spoon in those jars and ruin their perfectness….. almost.

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    This decadence + the cozy fire you mentioned + 90s TV reruns = BEST NIGHT EVER.

  • Joanne says:

    This is pretty much my dessert ideal!

  • Beth says:

    *jaw drops* Mmmmmmm!!!!!!!! Pinning!

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says:

    Desserts in jars are the best! These little cheesecakes look perfect. I wish I had one right now 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says:

    Portable cheesecake with a Reeses spin? I want to marry these. You are a genius! Pinned!

  • Trevor aka The Burger Nerd says:

    I want to bathe in that dessert! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, I don’t want to actually bathe in the dessert but I wouldn’t be upset with at least washing my face with it. lol. Love the flavors and the presentation….who doesn’t love to eat from the jar! Thanks for sharing this awesome looking dessert. Cheers and Happy New Years!

    • Amanda says:

      LOL Love it!! Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    These little cheesecakes are too cute! Love the idea of a perfect little portion of cheesecake like this. I bet that peanut butter with the Reese’s cups is divine! Happy New Year! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks Beth! Happy New Year to you as well!

  • Suzanne says:

    These look amazing. I may have missed this but approximately how big are the little jars vs. the taller? 250ml vs. 500ml? Thanks!

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    Reeses cups are just my favourite candy ever.. so I can imagine how delicious these peanut butter cheesecakes must have tasted. I just love how you have presented them in jars too!