No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes have a graham cracker crust, creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake filling, and are topped with chocolate ganache and mini peanut butter cups. No oven needed!

Perfect for you you don't wanna or can't use the oven! These were the best no bake cheesecakes I've ever had! No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes have a crunchy graham cracker crust, ultra rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake filling, and are topped with chocolate ganache and mini peanut butter cups.

Who loves TV? Like full on binge watching, obsession level, can’t-wait-for-the-next season status?

No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes have a crunchy graham cracker crust, ultra rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake filling, and are topped with chocolate ganache and mini peanut butter cups. Perfect for when you don't want to turn that oven on!

I feel like only recently has it become acceptable to admit a love for TV. I am so NOT one of those people who walks around saying, “oh I never watch TV” or even worse, “we don’t own a TV.” Seriously can’t relate to those people.

There’s nothing I love more to decompress than getting obsessed with an amazing TV series. Sure I love me a few hours of trash TV every week (Real Housewives, anyone?) but lately I’ve been loving Bosch (police procedural on Amazon Prime) and Broadchurch (dark British murder mystery on Netflix).

They’re especially great to watch on the treadmill because they maket the time FLY by.

What TV shows have you been obsessed with lately? Share below so I can add them to my watch list!

No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes have a crunchy graham cracker crust, ultra rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake filling, and are topped with chocolate ganache and mini peanut butter cups. Perfect for when you don't want to turn that oven on!

Last night I enjoyed these No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes with the last episode of season one of Broadchurch. Totally cried at the end. But it’s taking a LOT of willpower for neither of us to each 5 mini cheesecakes in a single sitting. They’re soooo good. I asked Jared to take a bite of one for the photo above and he didn’t want to give the rest of it back to me to finish photographing. You know that’s a good sign!

No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes have a crunchy graham cracker crust, ultra rich and creamy chocolate peanut butter cheesecake filling, and are topped with chocolate ganache and mini peanut butter cups. Perfect for when you don't want to turn that oven on!

So I hope you’ll make this recipe soon! It’s so perfect for those days where it’s just too hot to turn on the oven or when there’s too many other things that need the oven that dessert just won’t fit.

How to make
No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes

I adore my mini cheesecake pan, but if you don’t have one you could use a muffin tin. Just be sure to line it with paper or foil liners, otherwise the graham cracker crust might crumble and the cheesecake might stick when you go to remove them.

Ingredients

For the crust:

1 sleeve (9 cookies) graham crackers
4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake:

8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup (90 grams) creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup (157 ml) heavy cream
4 ounces (113 grams) semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the topping:

1/2 cup (85 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (58 grams) heavy cream
Mini peanut butter cups

Directions

Make the crust:

Thoroughly grease a mini cheesecake pan. Place the graham crackers in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the melted butter and pulse until moistened. Divide the mixture among the cavities of the cheesecake pan, about 1 heaping tablespoon in each. Firmly press into the bottom of each cavity (a shot glass or other small object makes easy work of this). Set aside.

Make the cheesecake:

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar on medium-high speed until creamy and well combined. Add in the vanilla and cream and continue beating until well combined and thickened. Pour in the melted chocolate and beat until combined. Divide the mixture among each cavity and cover with plastic wrap.

Chill until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Make the topping:

Place the chocolate chips in a medium heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan heat the cream just until simmering. Pour over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 minutes before stirring until the mixture is melted and smooth. Pour over each cheesecake, allowing to barely drip down the sides. Top each cheesecake with Reese’s. Serve or cover and store in the fridge for up to 2 days.

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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38 Responses to “No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes”

  1. #
    Melanie @ Gather for Bread — May 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Forget the TV shows! Now I’m obsessing over these delish little things. And no-bake, how awesome is that?!

    We’re actually watching The Office series all over again and loving every minute. Nothing like some good laughs to decompress the day. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

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      Tessa — May 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Haha! We’re doing the same exact thing but with Parks & Rec! I miss The Office being on air 🙁

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    Steph — May 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I loved broad church too!! I also loved the fall on Netflix so addictive. This recipe looks delicious I will try it out next week!!! Your buttercream recipe is also awesome I use it for all my cupcakes

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      Tessa — May 27, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Loved The Fall!! Love Gillian Anderson. Let me know what you think about the cheesecakes! And so happy to hear you like my buttercream recipe 🙂

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    Mary — May 27, 2016 at 10:00 am

    If you like British police/detective shows, you HAVE to watch Happy Valley on Netflix. One of my absolute favorites. They just put up Season Two and I rewatched Season 1 in one day so I could get going on Season 2, then I think I watched that the next day! It’s fantastic. There’s also The Fall — very suspenseful. I loved Season 1 of Broadchurch (and yes, I cried at the end too!). Netflix has put up Season 2 but I haven’t started that yet.

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      Tessa — May 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Omg it’s like you’re inside my Netflix! I *just* started watching Happy Valley! Episode one and I’m already fascinated. Thanks for confirming it’s worth the watch!

  4. #
    Michael — May 27, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve been hooked on everyone loves Raymond, it’s good to see a sitcom that is not a reality tv series and always makes me laugh.
    P.s I made the Natella donuts the other weekend and everyone loved them. Thanks for all the hard work

  5. #
    Cathy — May 29, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Tess Yours is the only place that I ever comment. You are soooo cute and excited about what you do that it is infectious to me and always brightens my day. I look after the senior and disabled population and I love them all. We have happy moments but also sad moments too. So! Thank you for bighting my day’s with your whit and charm. And the recipes and tips are just wonderful too. My hips appreciate them!!

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      Tessa — May 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Wow, Cathy! Your comment just made my morning. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! And for your dedication to a population that is often marginalized, I imagine that would come with its challenges. You are amazing!

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    Eva — May 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Looking so yummy! Love no bake recipes. Pinned! I must try 😉 xx

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      Tessa — May 30, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Thanks, Eva!

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    Lorie Lai Kanazawa — June 6, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks a lot for this recipe Tessa!!!
    I’ve made lots of your recipes like doughnuts,pizza doughs, breads and cookies!!!
    But after I made this,my kids just ate it after an hour of putting it in the fridge!!! (It’s not even hard yet)
    They love your recipes a lot…
    Will do more of your genius creations soon…
    😀

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      Tessa — June 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

      So happy to hear that, Lorie!! 🙂

  8. #
    Sherri Miller — July 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Can you use a mini-muffin pan?

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      Tessa — July 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Did you read the recipe? “I adore my mini cheesecake pan, but if you don’t have one you could use a muffin tin. Just be sure to line it with paper or foil liners, otherwise the graham cracker crust might crumble and the cheesecake might stick when you go to remove them.”

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    Anita — July 27, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hi!
    These look great:) Would it be possible to freeze them?

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      Tessa — July 27, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Yep! That should be just fine.

  10. #
    Charlie — August 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hello: These sound good but I have a couple or more questions.
    I hope you will help me with them.

    Do I have to use Philladelphia Cream Cheese? I can’t stand the stuff. It alters the taste of what you are using it with.

    Can I use Mascarpone or Ricotta (real cheese), with it?

    If I can how much gelatin?

    I would prefer to use gelatin sheets do you know how many I would need?

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      Tessa — August 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Charlie… if you don’t like cream cheese it sounds like you might not like cheesecake. I can’t help you alter the recipe to that extent, you’re better off finding a recipe specifically formulated with mascarpone or ricotta!

  11. #
    Charlie — August 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Tessa:
    Actually I love cheesecake, just not the ones made with Philadelphia. They are way too rich.
    Thank you for answering my queries.

  12. #
    hotmail login — August 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for the blog . Really thank you! Really Cool.

  13. #
    Sunshine baker — September 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I made this in a Keebler crust. It’s delicious! Definitely a keeper.

    • #
      Tessa — September 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Awesome!

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    Savannah — September 13, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Is there anything that I could substitute the heavy cream with?

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      Tessa — September 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Since this recipe isn’t baked, I’d avoid using any substitutions for the cream.

  15. #
    Aisha — October 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for your delicious recipe ❤️❤️

  16. #
    Jen — October 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Can this be made in shot glasses or tiny Mason jars? I want to have a mini cheesecake display at my Thanksgiving dinner.

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      Tessa — October 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      I don’t see why not! I haven’t tried but I’m sure it would be super cute.

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    Bharat Ratna — December 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I make these almost weekly. They’re SO good and easy!!!

  18. #
    Johns — January 30, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Oh Great to share such value bale info

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    Thea — February 19, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I’ve just stumbled onto your site and I can’t get off! I want to make so many of your delicious recipes! I don’t have a cheesecake pan (muffin size), but I am going to purchase one just for your recipes! Could I double or triple this recipe to work in the muffin size cheesecake pan? Thanks in advance!

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      Tessa — February 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Yay! So glad to hear that. Yes, you definitely could do that 🙂

  20. #
    Thea — February 19, 2017 at 12:51 am

    You were talking about Netflix shows that are good, Longmire is fabulous! It’s kind of a cross between Andy of Mayberry & CSI! A simple sherrif with lots of Integrity and his crew set in Wyoming, besides a murder investigation each episode he has to deal with issues on the Indian Reservation. I think there are 5 seasons and it’s still not long enough!

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      Tessa — February 23, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Too funny, I literally just started watching this!!

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    BofA routingnumber — June 4, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Perfect cheese cake and my favorite topping of chocolate.

  22. #
    Xhy — June 15, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I made this today with a small change. I used 60g sugar instead of 100g and it was so delicious

  23. #
    witproit — June 26, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Really Great recipe. i will surely test it on upcoming Sunday.

  24. #
    Xhaka — July 29, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I think these cup cakes really looking cute and absolutely delicious. I will try it soon.

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