These PB&J Cheesecake Bars are an easy and delicious way to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! (They’re also a great dessert for any other day of the year, too!)
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It’s peanut butter jelly time! Whenever I hear PB&J, I can’t help but think about that
silly downright stupid “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time” meme that took the internet by storm circa 2001. I’ve included the YouTube video below, but you’ve been warned. The song is just as bad today as it was back in the early 2000’s. I just watched about 5 seconds of the video myself, and that was 5 seconds too much. On a somewhat related topic, what in the world does a dancing banana have to do with peanut butter and jelly?
PB&J Cheesecake Bars
For these PB&J Cheesecake Bars, I went back to these No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars from a couple of years ago. Add in a couple swirls of jelly, and *boom* you’ve got PB&J Bars. To be fair, I used some strawberry preserves for these bars because that’s what we had in the fridge. PB&P bars just don’t have the same ring, though.
These PB&J Cheesecake Bars are a piece of cake (err, cheesecake) to make, too. Just combine softened cream cheese with powdered sugar and a small container of whipped topping. Pour that mixture over a graham cracker crust and then swirl in some peanut butter and jelly. Off to the freezer for a couple of hours, and that’s it. You’ve got PB&J Cheesecake Bars…perfect for celebrating National PB&J Day!
On an unrelated side note, check out this cool jelly serveware. It got passed down to me when my Grandma moved out of her house a couple years ago. I’m not gonna lie. I had to call her and ask what it was. It looks like something a train engineer would light and swing from the caboose. I can’t say I’ve ever actually used this jelly jar (it needs a good polishing), but it’s still kinda cool. I don’t know if they even make jelly serveware anymore! This is proof that some old things are really cool. (And the “It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time” song is proof that some old things are really not cool.)
Did you make a batch of these PB&J Cheesecake Bars at home? Leave a comment! Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). Cheers, friends!
Looking for more peanut butter desserts? I’ve got ya covered!
PB&J Cheesecake Bars
For the Crust
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Using a small food processor or mini chopper, add graham crackers and pulse until finely ground.
- Transfer crumbs into a large bowl. Add brown sugar and melted butter; stir until well combined.
- Layer an 8”x8” baking pan with parchment paper. Press crust mixture into bottom of pan using a flat-bottomed glass.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Let crust cool fully before adding cheesecake mixture.
For the No Bake Cheesecake
- Using a hand mixer, blend together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Fold in the whipped topping.
- Spread the cheesecake filling evenly on top of the crust.
- Using a small glass bowl, melt the peanut butter in the microwave. (Note: The goal is to make the peanut butter fully smooth without “cooking” it.) Set peanut butter aside.
- Using a separate glass bowl, melt the jam in the microwave. Again, the goal is to just make the jam smooth enough to swirl without “cooking” it.
- Drop several spoonfuls of melted peanut butter and melted jam on top of the cheesecake layer. Using a knife, swirl the peanut butter and jam into the cheesecake.
- Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. Slice into bars before serving.