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Reese's cheesecake brownies

A few weeks ago we celebrated a friend's life, which sadly ended far too soon. Our celebration of his time on earth was bittersweet. It was great fun, but we missed our friend. The celebration involved food and martinis. Food because, well, everyone needs food, and martinis because our friend loved martinis. I decided to contribute a "dish" to the potluck that was totally indulgent. I didn't feel like being healthy that day and based on all of the martinis consumed, nobody else did either. These delicious treats were supremely indulgent and I only needed a teeny tiny square to be satisfied. If you have a reason to be indulgent, you must give these a try. We don't always need a reason, though, do we?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

Prepare a 19.5-oz. box of chocolate fudge brownie mix according to package directions. Spread the batter in the pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat one 8-ounce package of softened cream cheese with a hand-held mixer until fluffy.


One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Beat until smooth.

Stir in a 12-ounce package of Reese's Pieces candies.

Spoon the mixture over the brownie batter and spread evenly.

Bake for 40 minutes or until the cheesecake layer is set and the edges are golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Add the following ingredients to a small microwaveable bowl:

One 12-ounce bag milk chocolate chips

3 tablespoons whipping cream

Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until the chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over the cheesecake layer. Sprinkle 12 large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (chopped) over the top. Store covered in the refrigerator.  

Reese's Cheesecake Brownies

Indulgent, chocolatey, peanut-buttery and irresistible!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Aug 14, 2011

Serves: 12-18

Total time: 3 hrs

Reese's Cheesecake Brownies
  • 19.5-oz. box chocolate fudge brownie mix
  • 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 12 oz. Reese’s Pieces candy
  • 12-oz. bag milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 12 large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions. Spread the batter in pan and set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with hand-held mixer until fluffy. Add condensed milk and peanut butter and beat until smooth. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces candies. Spoon the mixture over the batter. Spread evenly.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until cheesecake layer is set and edges are golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. In a small microwaveable bowl, microwave the chocolate chips and whipping cream for 1 minute, or until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over cheesecake layer. Sprinkle Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces over top. Store covered in the refrigerator.



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Reader Comments (107)

I would suggest not putting the melted chips on top, their flavor is too much and overpowers the subtle cheesecake.

04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterButt-toucher

Made them for Easter. Huge hit.

04.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I made these for a pot luck at work. They were gone in 30 min's! Everyone loved them. Very rich, and it is true, you only need a little square to be satisfied! This is one I will make again for a party, gathering or pot luck. Thanks! :-)

04.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen

These are AMAZING. Thank you for this recipe! I came across it on pinterest!

My chocolate seized as well...there are two solutions really: either use a lot more cream (when adding liquids to chocolate the ratio should be at least 2:1 so with that much chocolate you would need three quarter cup of cream - so it would be essentially a ganache where you heat the cream first and then pour over the chips) or you could simply not use cream at all.

05.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

They looked amazing...but just finished them and they have no taste at all! I followed the recipe completely...what did I do wrong??????

05.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkm

Just made these today but I messed up and baked & cooled the brownies and had the cheesecake layer spread on the top before I realized what I had done. I always have a problem with layer type desserts like this getting done so I thought what the neck and threw them back in the oven until the cheesecake layer was set...about another 30 minutes. I also ended up adding about 1/4 cup more whipping cream to the chocolate chips to get them to the right consistency. All that being said I was worried that the brownies layer would be dry from being double baked but they were delicious!! I will make them this way again next time...thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!!

05.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Ok..ignore my earlier post! I chilled them for several more hours and then all the ingredients really settled in and they were yummy. Definitely agree with the other posts...skip adding the cream to the chocolate chips at the end, it was too hard to work with. It worked perfect without the cream.

05.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkm

Mine doesn't look like the picture at all. Brownie layer is very, very thick and cheesecake
Ayer is so thin it's almost non-existent. Plus the recess pieces are visible.

05.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I'm relatively certain that the recipe "as-is" can't come out to look like the final picture. You would need less brownie, more cheesecake, leave out the recees pieces, and you would need to do the chocolate differently. I don't think the pictures leading up to the final picture can be from the same batch.

05.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsi

Hi Chelsi! I promise you the photos were taken after following the recipe EXACTLY!

05.30.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I made these last week, and they are SOOOOOOOOOO good! Is there a trick to spreading the chocolate over the baked cheesecake filling? I will definitely make these again and AGAIN! Thank you for the recipe! : )

06.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I made theses yesterday and they are so incredibly delicious. REALLY sugary and rich, but very good. My recommendation would be that when spreading the brownie batter, put a little less in the center than at the edges; the center of my pan didn't cook all the way, even though the cheesecake was done.

06.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Have you ever tried freezing these. I have a friend who is having knee replacement on Monday and I wanted to send some food to be frozen for later use?

06.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCandi

Sad story but wonderful idea to celebrate the life with the things this person loved. And with this amazing cake!!!

06.26.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAurelia

These look fantastic!! A little trick that might help with the chocolate seizing would be to add a small amount if peanut butter to the chocolate chips. That's what my mother would always do when melting chocolate, and it fits well with the peanut butter theme!

07.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill

I made this for our 4th of July party yesteday and they were perfect and amazing! Everyone LOVED them!

I find it funny(not ha-ha funny!) that when people try a recipe someone else creates or posts, and it doesn't turn out right, they automatically blame the person who they got the recipe from instead of trying to figure out what they did wrong. When I try a recipe and it doesn't turn out, I try to figure out what it was that I did wrong. Thankfully, I didn't have to with this recipe, because it was perfect! And thank you so much for posting it, because everyone who ate these was so pleased! They couldn't have been more perfect!

Oh...and to the person who basically called Megan a liar by saying that there was no way the picture came from this recipe...shame on you! Why don't you try it first before jumping to conclusions! Mine came out looking pretty much exactly like this, following this recipe!

Sorry to go on and on, but it really irritates me when people act like that instead of just saying thank you for the recipe!

Thank you, thank you, thank you...I will most definitely be making these again...they were amazing!!!!

07.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I just made these for the second time and of course they were amazing! Our store didn't have Reese's Pieces so I used peanut butter M & M's and they turned out just as good. People go absolutely nuts over these. I've given out the recipe to like 10 people. Thank you SO much! This is a staple recipe now. 😊

07.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCami

These look wonderful. So glad I happened by Pintrest and saw them this morning! Thank you for sharing!

07.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

These look amazing! Have you tried making them in a smaller pan?

07.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

I have made these 3 times now and they are awesome! If you follow the directions exactly, you cannot go wrong!! I did not add whipping cream to chocolate and it is perfect. Can't understand the whole "seizing" thing! It's a recipe, not rocket science! Thanks for the delicious dessert!

08.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

A friend of mine brought these to work and I have been searching for the recipe ever since. Thank you so much for posting it; they came out great! I did not have milk chocolate chips, so I used semisweet instead. Also I used mini peanut butter cups. No problem melting the chips. Since I do not have whipping cream, I used a milk cornstarch and flour substitute and it melted perfectly. This pregnant lady will definitely be saving this recipe.

08.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Mine's in the oven right now, it didn't layer like yours did, i followed the directions exactly and the cheesecake portion sunk into the middle of the brownies. I don't think it'll taste bad in the slightest I just don't get how two gooey mixtures were supposed to stay seperate.

08.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna

Ohmigosh! That looks wonderful! You wanna gain 5 pounds overnight? See above. I must have!

08.24.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

It's like a dream! They are so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing

09.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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