Reese’s Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Reese's Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Birthdays are supposed to be special. In our heads, we seem to think that everything should be about us on our special day, and that the world will somehow revolve around us, making each moment gloriously spectacular. Yeah, no. That’s not how it works. Birthdays are just normal days, in which anything can go wrong, and most likely will. The only difference between a birthday and an unbirthday is the ability to eat dessert without any guilt.

Like the ideal birthday, I wanted my birthday treat for B.O.B. Bob’s birthday to be spectacular, beautiful, and full of flavor. I mastered two of those things. The third, not so much. My gorgeous little brownie cheesecake, topped with Reese’s and sprinkles, crumbled away as I hacked at it with a large kitchen knife, attempting to, but never really succeeding to make perfect squares of peanut butter and chocolate loaded goodness. Oh well, looks aren’t everything. Remember that my darling B.O.B. Bob, as your eyebrows get a little bit bushier, odd hairs start to sprout from your ears, your nose grows even larger, and your bones creak more and more regularly. It’s what’s inside that counts, and you dear love, have some amazing insides. Happy birthday darling B.O.B. Bob, and enjoy your special, and extra crumbly, birthday treat at work today. P.S. I love you, no matter how big your nose gets.

Reese's Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Ingredients:

Brownies:

Cheesecake:

  • 1 (8-oz.) Package Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter

Topping:

Reese's Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Directions:

Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate chips in a double broiler over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Whisk the sugars, coffee, and vanilla into the melted chocolate, followed by the eggs.
  5. Add the flour, and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in the peanut butter chips, and then evenly spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

Cheesecake:

  1. On medium speed, mix together the cream cheese and butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the egg, sugar, and vanilla extract; mix for 1 minute.
  3. Add the peanut butter; mix for 1 minute.
  4. Evenly spread the mixture over top of the brownie batter.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from oven, and then allow to cool completely before topping.

Topping:

  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a glass microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute.
  2. Stir, and then microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir again, and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate over the brownies, and then top with the chopped Reese’s and sprinkles.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours, or until the chocolate topping has set.

Reese's Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Suggestions:

  • Tap the baking pan on the counter in between each layer to get out any air bubbles and evenly distribute each batter.
  • Allow the brownies to come to room temperature before attempting to cut them into squares.

Reese's Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars | Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Improvements:

  • Use Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the brownie layer.
  • Top with roughly chopped peanuts in lieu of sprinkles.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Reese’s Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Reese’s Birthday Sprinkle Brownie Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:

    Brownies:
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 (11.5-oz.) Bag Extra Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Instant Espresso Coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 (10-oz.) Bag Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
  • Cheesecake:
  • 1 (8-oz.) Package Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Topping:
  • 1 (11.5-oz.) Bag Extra Dark Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 10 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Roughly Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Rainbow Sprinkles

Directions:

    Brownies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x13 pan with aluminum foil, and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate chips in a double broiler over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Whisk the sugars, coffee, and vanilla into the melted chocolate, followed by the eggs.
  5. Add the flour, and stir until just combined.
  6. Fold in the peanut butter chips, and then evenly spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Cheesecake:
  8. On medium speed, mix together the cream cheese and butter for 2 minutes.
  9. Add the egg, sugar, and vanilla extract; mix for 1 minute.
  10. Add the peanut butter; mix for 1 minute.
  11. Evenly spread the mixture over top of the brownie batter.
  12. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from oven, and then allow to cool completely before topping.
  13. Topping:
  14. Melt the chocolate chips in a glass microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute.
  15. Stir, and then microwave for 30 seconds.
  16. Stir again, and then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  17. Pour the melted chocolate over the brownies, and then top with the chopped Reese's and sprinkles.
  18. Refrigerate for several hours, or until the chocolate topping has set.
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  • Debbie Spivey

    These look amazing!

    • Colleen

      Flowers help to hide the patched cracks!!!