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Peanut Butter Cheesecake


With an Oreo cookie crust.
Rich chocolate ganache drizzled on top and
crumbled chunks of peanut butter cups inside.

I made this recently for a special birthday boy as his treat. 
Usually it is a German chocolate cake kind of celebration since that is one of his favorites
but I got a wild hair and decided to try this cheesecake this time.
Let me just say that the German chocolate cake was not missed.

So in the interest of disclosures:
It is a peanut butter cheesecake with peanut butter cup candy pieces inside.
Yep, enough said.
It is amazingly absolutely incredibly
You may not be able to stop eating it.  Seriously.
Make it, eat it, enjoy it but I can't be held responsible for the need for sweat pants and extra gym days or or any other issues that come from making and enjoying this.

Also, I didn't invent the recipe- I'm just sharing it
 and I adapted the recipe by changing the cream cheese and cream to lower fat versions
you know, so it has less calories and is better for you. haha!
(not thinking that it makes a difference- but you know, worth a try)
original recipe here

Okay shall we get down to business
and get this peanut butter cheesecake party started?

Grab your ingredients and get baking!!
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Prep time- 20 minutes 
Cook time 1 hr 15 minutes
Serves: 16-20 servings
  • 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies (Like Oreo's)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Dash of salt
  • 32 oz light cream cheese 
  • 5 eggs
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup half and half  cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz Reese’s Peanut Butter miniature cups, unwrapped and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup half and half cream
  • 1 cup  dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Cups crumbled
Preheat oven to 325°F. 

Prep your springform cake pan by lining it or if you prefer
 just make sure to spray with nonstick or the like to you can remove it when you are done.

Put the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor and process until they form fine crumbs.
 The other thing you can do is to place them into a large baggie and use a rolling pin to crush them. 
It takes longer- and they won't be as fine- but it is our favorite way of making the cookie crusts.       
Add in the melted butter and sprinkling of salt and mix. 
When done-press the mixture into the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. 
Bake only the crust for 10-12 minutes, then set aside to cool.  
Then wrap aluminum foil around the outside and the bottom of the
 springform pan tightly to ensure water cannot leak through. 
(more on that down below)

 In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. 
 Add in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl in between each addition.
 Add the brown sugar, peanut butter, cream and vanilla and mix until combined. 
Gently fold in the chopped up Reese’s Miniatures and then pour the mixture into the cooled crust.

Place the pan inside a larger pan and carefully add about 1 inch of hot water in the larger pan to keep the cheesecake moist and from cracking or breaking while baking.   (that is why it was wrapped in foil) 
Bake the cheesecake until it is just about set, about 1 hour 15 minutes and then turn off the oven and allow the temperature to come down in the oven for about an hour. 
Remove the cheesecake from the oven, cool completely, and refrigerate until completely cool.

To make the chocolate topping, heat the cream until simmering and then remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple minutes, and stir until smooth.  

Pour over the top of the cheesecake generously allowing it to drip down the sides and then sprinkle 
 Reese’s crumbles over the top to finish it.

Step back and smile at your beautiful creation
and then grab a fork  and get prepared to 

 Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

This would be oh so perfect for Valentine's Day 
for that special treat to share with your sweetheart
or pretty much anytime you have a
big major peanut butter and chocolate craving.
Which- happens to be one of my favorite combinations.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Happy Friday everyone!

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  1. Oh my gosh, I am totally drooling! Chocolate and peanut butter are my very favorite flavor combos, and a perfect day would involve lots of cheesecake! Sounds like this is worth blowing the diet for!

  2. Oh my heavens! I could skip breakfast and start digging right in. I don't think my sweat pants would fit after I got finished devouring a piece of that! I think you'd better give us the name of your trainer because I think I'm really going to need the discipline. I don't know whether I should thank you for sharing the recipe or not -- Grazie tanto!!

  3. Omy..that looks incrediable!

    Ill defiantely have to try making that one day for sure thanks for sharing!!


  4. This might make an appearance for my family for Valentine's!!! It looks totally yummy!
    Thank you for the recipe,
    Barb :)

  5. Our Favorite over here is plain cheesecake drizzled with a favorite topping, yet this does look like it's worth trying, and we love Reese's peanut butter cups :)
    My daughters favorite birthday cake is coconut every year since a little girl it's been a coconut cake it's drizzled with lemon a family recipe.

    Courtney this cheesecake would make a great Father's Day Cake, "manley"

    Didi any chocolaté get on those beautiful counters, and if so I bet you felt like a European pastry chef.

    Beautiful weekend to you.


  6. O_O che bella!!!!! È sicuramente buonissima!!! ^_^

  7. I will wait until I get the Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies out of the house before I make this lol! It looks divine - thanks for sharing ~ Cheers:)

  8. If I had all the ingredients on hand, it would be in the oven tonight! However we live 30 minutes from the grocery store down a windy mountain road so guess I will have to defer gratification. The recipe is pinned so that I can easily find it again!