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No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Oreos! Peanut butter! Cream cheese! Chocolate ganache!  This surprisingly easy No Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake is well worth the effort for a spectacular celebration-worthy dessert. With an Oreo cookie crust, smooth peanut butter cheesecake filling, and a layer of crunchy peanuts and chocolate for texture, all covered with chocolate ganache, you’re in for a show-stopping treat.

overhead view of a no bake peanut butter cheesecake with a few slices removed and arranged.

If you’re a regular reader of Bunsen Burner Bakery, you know I have a lot of cheesecake recipes. We’ve got all sorts of flavors, one of the most popular being this Peanut Butter Cheesecake. And for good reason – it’s delicious!

But sometimes, you don’t want to make a normal cheesecake. I get it – it’s time-consuming. The cheesecake bakes for over an hour, then cools in the oven for 30 minutes, further cools at room temperature for an hour or two, and then finally chills in the refrigerator for several hours. I have started many a cheesecake after dinner just to realize that it’s going to be well past midnight before I can finally move the cheesecake into the refrigerator.

At times like these, I wish I had opted for this no bake cheesecake instead! It still requires an overnight rest in the refrigerator, but once you’ve made the peanut butter filling and added it to the crust, it goes right into the refrigerator. No baking or waiting to cool necessary!

The filling is so soft and silky, it’s almost like a mousse. And while silky smooth things can be delicious, I think the best desserts have texture – it keeps them exciting! So to contrast how smooth the cheesecake-y, mousse-y filling is, we’re going to add some crunch. There’s an Oreo cookie crust (because chocolate and peanut butter are the perfect pairing) and a sprinkle of chopped salted peanuts and miniature chocolate chips.

Top it all with some slightly chewy, extra chocolatey ganache and you have the perfect dessert for any celebration – no waiting around hours for it to cool.

side view of half of a no bake oreo peanut butter cheesecake showing the creamy filling.

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