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Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesecake-recipes, peanut-butter-cup-cheesecake, peanut-butter-cups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Chill time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 Pieces
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups crushed peanut butter sandwich cookie crumbs [i.e Nutter Butters]
  • 1/2 cup salted cocktail peanuts finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • Cheesecake:
  • 4 (8 oz) packages softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
  • Ganache:
  • 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix together the cookie crumbs, peanuts, sugar and butter. Firmly press on bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 8 minutes, then set aside on a rack to cool slightly.
  • Using an electric mixer cream together cream cheese, peanut butter, heavy cream, granulated and brown sugar, all-purpose flour and vanilla.
  • Add whole eggs, one at a time. Add the egg yolks, beating well after each addition. Scrape the side of the bowl as needed. Pour half of filling over the crust.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of chopped peanut butter cups over the filling then pour remaining on top. Spread evenly. Gently, tap on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until the center is set when gently shaken. Cool to room temperature on a cooling rack in the springform pan. The edges should begin to pull away from the sides.
  • cover loosely and chill for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight before cutting.
  • To make ganache: Melt chocolate chips and heavy cream in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping to stir each time. Repeat until completely smooth.
  • Remove outer ring and smooth sides, if needed. Spread ganache on top of cheesecake. Garnish with chopped peanuts while wet then chill until set.
  • Store chilled.