I made these bar cookies to share with some friends. I thought they turned out fairly well. Be sure to spray the bottom of your pan well. My bars were just a bit difficult to get out. The original recipe, found in Cake Mix Cookies, said to use an un-greased pan. I was a bit skeptical of this and lightly sprayed the bottom of the pan. Next time, I will spray it well.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix with pudding in the mix
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, cut into small pieces
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup chunky peanut butter
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup salted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine cake mix and butter in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed just until crumbly. Remove 1 cup mixture. Press remaining mixture evenly into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes; cool on wire rack.
Combine cream cheese and peanut butter in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl occasionally. Gradually beat in sugar until light. Spoon filling over cooled crust.
Combine reserved cake mix mixture and peanuts; spread evenly over filling.