Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake! A delicious combination of creamy, rich peanut butter cheesecake on a chocolate cookie crust that boasts yummy peanut butter cups on the top AND in the cheesecake! Oh My Goodness!!! A little bit of Heaven in each bite!!!
My niece, Jenni and great niece, Anna Marie, stopped by a while back to visit. While they were here, one of the many topics we discussed involved the different cheese cakes that we have tasted and those we’d like to try. It was also apparent that Anna Marie loves peanut butter cups about as much as she loves cheese cake.
A few weeks after the visit, Jenni called to tell me that she wanted to surprise Anna Marie for her birthday and asked me if I would make a Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake for her. I was happy to help and quite happy with the results! I’m happy to report that Jenni was able to pull off the surprise and Anna Marie loved her birthday cheesecake! And thanks to Anna Marie for the picture above.
I know that making a cheesecake can seem intimidating. But I’m here to tell you that Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is just as yummy and delicious as it is easy to make. And, I’m happy to share this recipe with you! 🙂
First, preheat the oven! Then begin with the Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake crust.
The chocolate cookie crust is as simple as combining finely ground chocolate animal cookies with granulated sugar and butter. Reserve approximately 1/3 cup of the cookie mixture then press the remaining into the bottom and up the sides of a greased spring form pan. I use a 10″ spring form pan for this recipe.
Add about half of the chopped peanut butter cups to the top of the cookie crust; then set aside.
Mix the cheesecake filling together. I like to use my stand mixer! It is also helpful to keep in mind that the cream cheese needs to be softened so that it mixes well. If it is still cold from the refrigerator, you’re likely to have a ‘clumpy’ filling.
When the filling for Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is mixed together well, remove the bowl from the stand mixer. Fold the remaining chopped peanut butter cups and about half of the mini peanut butter cups into the filling.
Next, pour the filling into the prepared pan.
**Note: When I bake cheesecakes, I place the spring form pan in the center of a baking pan and add water to the baking pan. This helps to reduce the chances of the top of the cheesecake cracking during the baking process. However, it is important to keep the water from seeping into the spring form pan. To do this, wrap aluminum foil around the bottom and up the sides of the spring form pan before baking. Then bake the cheesecake as directed.
After the cheesecake has cooled completely, place it in the refrigerator and allow it to set. When ready to remove the spring form pan, run a butter knife around the edge of the whole cheesecake first.
Next , for the chocolate ganache topping, melt semi sweet chocolate chips in hot milk or cream and combine well.
Top Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake with chocolate ganache and remaining chopped and mini peanut butter cups. This step can be done neatly, as shown in the main picture or randomly, as shown above & below. Either way, this cheesecake is AMAZING!!!
Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of cookie crust crumbs over the top. Then cut, serve and enjoy!!
I hope you all enjoy! I’d love to get your feed back on this or any other recipe here at Cornfed Creations! So feel free to drop me a line or two! Have a great week! Lisa 🙂
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