Chubby Hubby Cheesecake

Chubby Hubby Cheesecake

Cheesecake is kind of a magical food. It’s hard to not love a good cheesecake. It’s sweet and tangy and rich and creamy all at the same time; it’s pretty much the perfect dessert.

I don’t think I’ve ever had Chubby Hubby ice cream(Phish Food is by far my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor), but anything with peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate has to be good. And that’s exactly what this cheesecake is: A slightly salty pretzel crust with a rich peanut butter cheesecake filling and a sweet chocolate ganache. Ben and Jerry would definitely be proud.

Chubby Hubby Cheesecake Serving

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s no-bake(because, really, who wants to bake at all mid-Summer?). Because of that, the filling isn’t as light and airy as a cheesecake with eggs would be. You could use full-fat cream cheese in this recipe but it gets more than enough richness from the peanut butter.

Chubby Hubby Cheesecake

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes


For the crust:

  • 6oz pretzels(about 2 cups)*
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 6 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup liquid sweetener(agave, maple syrup, or corn syrup)
  • 1-3 Tablespoons water

For the filling:

  • 2 8oz blocks Neufchatel or low-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup no-stir peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the ganache:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons cream or milk
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid sweetener(agave, maple syrup, or corn syrup)

*To make this cheesecake gluten-free, use gluten-free pretzels. I like Snyder’s of Hanover’s pretzel sticks.

Chubby Hubby Cheesecake Plated


  1. Pulse the pretzels in a food processor until the crumbs form a coarse flour.
  2. Add in the melted butter, powdered sugar, and sweetener and mix.
  3. Slowly add in water until the dough starts to stick to itself. You may not need any water or you may need up to a few tablespoons.
  4. Press the pretzel dough into the bottom of a cake pan firmly and work it into an even layer.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the filling ingredients on high until the filling is uniform in color and texture.
  6. Pour the filling on top of the pretzel crust and spread it out in an even layer. Put the cheesecake in the refrigerator until the center sets.
  7. While the cheesecake is chilling, melt the chocolate for the ganache in a microwave or over a double boiler.
  8. Whisk in the cream and sweetener.
  9. Let the ganache cool slightly until it’s about the same consistency as a buttercream frosting. Scoop the chocolate into a frosting bag or Ziploc bag with a corner cut out and drizzle it on top of the chilled cheesecake.
  10. Store in a refrigerator. Let the cheesecake sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.

Chubby Hubby Cheesecake Finished

Next time I make this I might double the filling so that it’d be about as thick as the Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes that have about enough calories to feed a small family for a week. Gluten-free or not, everyone deserves that in their life from time to time.

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14 Responses to Chubby Hubby Cheesecake
  1. Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)
    August 1, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Oh boy oh boy, is this recipe tempting! Chubby Hubby is a fantastic Ben & Jerry’s variety (although my favorite is also Phish Food, so you do need to make that next, haha).

  2. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    August 1, 2012 | 10:42 am

    OH.MY.GOD. I’m going to get fat. This looks like it’s going to be my new go-to dessert when I have guests! 🙂 Keep up the delicious work!

  3. Errign
    August 1, 2012 | 4:44 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks delicious!

  4. Luv What You Do
    August 1, 2012 | 11:31 pm

    Great idea to use pretzels for the base. I”m not a huge cheesecake fan but even my mouth is watering from these pictures!

  5. The Candid RD (Gina)
    August 2, 2012 | 7:01 am

    WOW! This would definitely make MY hubby chubby. Although I don’t have a hubby…yet…but you get it. It sounds amazing. AND, btw, you MUST try the ice cream!

  6. Kate
    August 2, 2012 | 7:42 am

    OK, this looks Amaaaazing! I especially like that it’s no-bake, because you’re right, who wants to fire up the oven this time of year?

  7. ally
    August 2, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    ohhhh yes… this looks heavenly… divine… perfect!

  8. As A Verb
    August 2, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    So you know that scene in Sex & the City where Carrie walks up to the pair of shoes & says “hello loverrrrr” ? Well, that’s pretty much what just happened when I saw this cheesecake. I don’t think I can go without this! I love that it’s no bake, it looks so decadent & delicious! Thanks for posting!

  9. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan
    August 2, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    This looks like it could’ve come straight out of the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook! Holy yum…

  10. Hannah
    August 2, 2012 | 6:07 pm

    Oh-ho, this was a cheesecake worth waiting for! Peanut butter, pretzels, intense dense fillings… yep. Now that I HAVE LANDED IN NEW YORK, I expect to be seeing a lot more of this type of thing.

  11. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    August 2, 2012 | 7:47 pm

    Um, this cheesecake sounds incredible! I’d definitely double the filling and pretend calories don’t count.

  12. megan @ whatmegansmaking
    August 3, 2012 | 7:57 am

    yum, this looks easy and delicious! love no-bake recipes for summer 🙂

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  14. Sara
    August 26, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    Made this with a friend for a dinner party yesterday. It was SO good and very easy to make. We used Snyder’s GF pretzels and it turned out perfectly. The only changes we made were to double the filling portion and make it in a spring form pan. Yum! 🙂