Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Making a cheesecake always requires a little extra time but in our opinion it is totally worth it. Combining our love of chocolate and peanut butter puts this cheesecake over the top. So if you have a little extra time on a weekend and can handle waiting overnight while your cheesecake cools in the refridgerator you need to try this recipe.

Ingredients: For the Crust:
32 Oreo cookies, finely crushed or ground in a food processor
5½ Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt

For the Fudge:
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 miniature peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped and roughly chopped

For the Cheesecake:
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

For the Ganache Topping:
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
½ cup heavy cream

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (300 degrees F if you are using a dark or non-stick pan). Butter a 9″ springform pan and set aside.

2. To make the crust, stir the Oreo crumbs, melted butter and salt in a small bowl with a fork until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Freeze the crust for 10 minutes. 3. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a rack and let cool.

4. To make the fudge, put the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Heat the cream to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately pour the simmering cream over the chopped chocolate. Let stand for 1-2 minutes, then add the vanilla extract and stir with a whisk or rubber spatula until smooth and combined. Pour the fudge into the cooled crust and spread evenly over the bottom. Place in freezer for 10 minutes. 5. Remove from freezer and sprinkle surface with the chopped peanut butter cups. Return to freezer for 10 more minutes. 6. Meanwhile, prepare the cheesecake filling. Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and continue to beat on medium speed until thoroughly combined. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Scrape the bowl and mix on low for another 20 seconds. Pour the cheesecake filling over the fudge and peanut butter cups. 7. Bake until the sides of the cheesecake are set and the middle just slightly jiggles, about 1 hour. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool to room temperature (at least 1 hour). Refrigerate the cheesecake at least 4 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled. Our cheesecake baked for 55 minutes and was baked slightly too long. You can tell this by the fact that our cheesecake had a couple cracks in it. But the taste of our cheesecake was unaffected. 8. After chilling, carefully remove the sides from the springform pan. 9. Before serving, prepare the ganache topping. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Bring the heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately pour the simmering cream over the chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1-2 minutes and then stir with a whisk or rubber spatula until smooth. Pour the ganache on the top of the cheese and, using an offset spatula, spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Return to the refrigerator to set the ganache, about 20 minutes.

We prepared this simple frosting to garnish our cake. This recipe can but cut into half and still have plenty to provide the garnish. This frosting would also be amazing on chocolate cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream

Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what we should bake next weekend?

Happy baking,
Sunny & Star

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  1. that look super yummy. only think that come to mind is cupcakes in icecream cones.


  2. Wow; it looks amazing! And sounds delicious :)

    xo, gina

  3. Oh my GOSH that look DELICIOUS!!! Wanna make some for me? =P
    You guys should have like an online bakery

  4. Wow, your cheesecake got better looking with every single picture. You really know how to take this dessert and make it shine. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cheesecake up. http://sweeet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

  5. OMG... I'm so jealous!!! I want some :)

  6. wow this looks incredible! i adore cheescake, so I'm defo gonna attempt to recreate this sometime. thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh my goodness! Your cheesecake is AMAZING!

  8. You made me craving for Sweets! Looks Delish!!!!



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