Ever since I started baking, I’ve been looking for a reason other than “just because” to create wonderful desserts--not that I don’t use “just because” all the time… Luckily, birthdays, holidays and anniversaries run rampant, and I just made a new friend who gets to benefit from my hobby!
Enter Brit. She works at the fitness center with me, and one day we discovered we share a similar passion for eating foods that are overly rich and delightfully sinful. Luckily, we both are personal trainers/athletes/group exercise instructors, so a little indulgence won’t kill us.
Well, unfortunately, a little indulgence is an understatement. This dessert is crazy delicious, and I can proudly say that I claim rights to it. Yep, I created this… on accident.
Brit and I both were gabbing about how much we love the Cheesecake Factory, and when she mentioned her favorite flavor was discontinued, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to recreate it for her. Her
poison? Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake… ahhhh…..!!! As you all know, not only do I love love LOVE the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but throw in sugar, butter, cream cheese, and a graham cracker crust? Well…I think I just fainted.
Just to confuse everyone, the ones with the crumbled Oreo are the peanut butter.
Problem #1: I left my spring foam pan in State College, Pennsylvania.
I couldn’t decide if it would be better to make mini cheesecakes or a cheesecake bar. After much research, I decided that mini anything is so much cuter than a bar. So, I looked up how the baking times vary for minis and went for it.
Likewise, the ones without any garnish are the Oreo...
Problem #2: The recipe I was sort-of going from would have had way too much cheesecake filling for just my minis, so I really had to do my own thing. And I did. In fact, I really went nuts after I made one set of 12, because I changed my second batch. In fact, my second batch had no peanut butter. My second batch is Oreo Cheesecake. Anyway, I’ll get there. Here’s how it went down… and some pictures of the process.
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup crushed crème filled chocolate sandwich cookies... oh c’mon, we all know that means OREO!
6 tbsp sugar
10 tbsp butter, melted
2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup sour cream (I used light… it’s all we had)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup fudge topping
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
Extra Oreos… (didn’t measure them.. you’ll see)
What ya do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with 24 paper liners. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, Oreo crumbs, sugar and butter. Press on the bottom of each of the bottom of each cup. Bake for about 4 minutes, and cool on a wire rack.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat peanut butter on high for 30 seconds or until softened. Spread carefully over the crusts of TWELVE of the crusts **
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and sour cream until smooth. Add eggs and beat on a low speed until just combined. Stir in vanilla. Stir in hot fudge sauce that has been melted and thinned in the microwave. Split your batter in HALF**
4. Take one half of the batter and pour carefully over the peanut butter in the TWELVE crusts. In the other half of the batter, pour in desired amount of crumbled Oreo cookies and fold into batter. Pour the Oreo batter over the remaining unfilled cups.
5. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes, or until the center is almost set. Cool completely on wire rack before serving. Sprinkle more crumbled Oreo on tops if desired.
6. Store in refrigerator… it gets even better with time!!
**If you’d rather make 24 of the peanut butter chocolate mini cheesecakes, double the peanut butter and spread it in all 24 cups!
**Again, if you’d rather make 24 of the same cupcakes, no need to split your batter
This recipe was so great. I tried both the mini cheesecakes and I cannot pick which one I like better. The thought that I can combine them next time and make Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake is running through my mind, that’s for sure.
Pretty mixture. I was sold already on this crust.
How artistic am I? Don't answer that.
Trusty coffee scooper for the crust.
The pre-chocolate cheesecake
This is the half that is NOT peanut butter
The peanut ones are rich and nutty, smooth and creamy. The Oreo ones have a texture and a flavor that’s so familiar. Either one will be a hit, or if you can’t decide, do like I did and make both! You’re going to be the hit of a party, trust me!!
The layer of graham cracker, then peanut butter, then chocolate... heavenly. Really
And the Oreo... such a familiar taste. It just reminds me of childhood. You're going to love this.
Happy Birthday Brit!!